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OT: anyone handy with a cutting torch or other cutting tools?

No, i won't ask you to remove a U-lock : )

I got into a minor front end collision in my van (seldom driven, used to transport bikes), and my chromed steel bumper is now crunched. The corner is dangerously close to my tire, and when I turn right, the bumper ends up poking the tire and doing damage = scary situation.

I'm looking for someone knowledgeable with a cutting torch or other cutting implement that can assist with a reasonably cost effective (read: ghetto) solution. I mainly just need the end of the bumper cut off so I can get a new front tire and get rolling again.

I first messaged UV, but have not yet gotten a reply. Anyone else have a suggestion?

Thanks,

PD

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A hacksaw and tin snips? Or is that too ghetto?
My hillbilly neighbors in Toledo replaced a damaged bumper with an improvised slab of reclaimed lumber. It doesn't get any more ghetto than that.
thanks for the suggestions : )

You haven't seen my van in it's dreadful crashed-in state. A slab of reclaimed lumber would probably be an improvement!
For an extra-hillbilly touch, you should use a wood burning kid to put your initials in the new bumper...

Primitive Don said:
thanks for the suggestions : )

You haven't seen my van in it's dreadful crashed-in state. A slab of reclaimed lumber would probably be an improvement!
Just use a strap or a chain to a stationary object (such as a telephone pole) and pull it back out enough to clear the tire.
That is definitely more redneck or maybe medieval solution that was also suggested by one of my hillbilly relatives from back home in Indiana : ) I will consider it as a last resort.

In the meantime, I'm really looking for something like this:

I have a bunch of reclaimed oak that would make an awesome bumper.
I have that, but it's all the way in the 'burbs.

Primitive Don said:
That is definitely more redneck or maybe medieval solution that was also suggested by one of my hillbilly relatives from back home in Indiana : ) I will consider it as a last resort.

In the meantime, I'm really looking for something like this:

Good burners don't use a straight edge. The Old Man when he was a kid.

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