cruiserdan said:The stove only sits there if there is no place else to set it and the stove lid acts as a barrier. No bacon cooking on the tailgate tho....
cruiserdan said:There's over 440 lbs of US GI .30 caliber M2 ball stacked on the gate in this pic
A regular metal blade will work. Yes, aluminum is softer than steel in most cases. You can also round over the edges with a router and a carbide bit to give a finished edge.photogod said:How bout rounding the corners with a saber saw. Will a regular metal blade work? I am assuming the aluminum is a softer metal than the same thickness of steel?!
Note to Dan...........
You don't need to hoard enough ammo to capture Berlin. World War II is over. We won. That is all. Over and out.
Rich said:If I were doing the same I'd test out 1/8 inch thick aluminum and see if that does the job. 23lbs may be overkill, especially for me, as I am already overloaded when packed for a week or more in the back country. Clear anodized wouldn't be a bad way to go for surface treatment.
Rich said:Dan straighten the gate before plating it. Wouldn't be reasonable to think that bolting a long piece of sheetmetal would pull out a prexisting deformation. I would still be suprised if 1/8 wasn't enough for reasonable overloading. It shouldn't take 23 lbs of reinforcement to beef up the gate if all you need is something that will hold up to body weight and loading / unloading the truck. When it comes to sheetmetal work 1/8 is damn thick!
I avoid abusing my tailgate and it is still straight. I frequently load and unload a boatload of gear, with no problems. I do avoid dropping anything heavy on the tailgate. Toyota should have done a better job.