Warn 8274 Winch Mount

I convinced a friend of mine (Jeep owner) that the Warn 8274’s that I use on the Rovers are one of the best old winches out there…….so he found an old one on EBAY, rebuilt it, and decided that since I had talked him into the winch, I needed to help mount it.

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3/8 plate steel was used………heavy stuff. The basic shapes were cut using the Hypertherm plasma cutter.

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Face plate was clamped to the Bridgeport table where the cut out for the fairlead was made.

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Even on a Bridgeport, cutting long runs of 3/8 steel takes quite a while.

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Having a digital readout (DRO) comes in handy even doing what you would think is a simple rectangular cut out. Using the DRO produced a perfect rectangle cut in the face plate.

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The bottom of the base plate. The back side was machined to provide clearance for the factory grill and power steering gear.

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The roughed-out mount. Fits perfectly……now edges need to be rounded, weld spatter cleaned up, and I need to convince my friend that galvanizing is the way to go for coating.

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