Howdy gents, I am going to build a cage on a fullsize 1/2 ton chevy truck frame, This is going to be my first attempt at building a cage. It is for some good friends that want a four seat rig they can do some trail riding with the wives in. They are gonna buy all the tube I get to learn my bender.
My question (or three) is...... Most front hoops are laid back like a windshield,
Why can't that be straight up and down?
Is there a strength issue or is it just looks?
Also it is going to have front and back seats, should I make it with three hoops instead of just two?
This is going to be a very low buck rig. They traded a friend to help him out and ended up with a early 80s C10 4x4 with a fresh 350 Carburated, granny low 4 speed, NP205, 12 bolt rear, 10 bolt front prolly with 3.50ish gears open diffs. ( I will prolly weld the rear and maybe put a lunch box in the front.) And four 33x12.50x15 Master Craft tires.
The cab and bed are so rusty they are falling off the frame, It has a clean title so I was thinking about cutting the fire wall off the cab, That will take care of all the controls and has the VIN on it. Here in Ky that is all you need of the original truck to tag it, With all the lights, seatbelts, and stuff of course.
The frame and suspension will remain mostly stock, I have two plastic buckets for the front and a CJ7 bench that might go in the back if not the factory bench out of the cab, That is open for debate.
This will only be driven around on the farm (200+ acres) and down to the locale swimming hole and maybe a mud run at the fair every year.
Any good input for it? Remember cheap as possible without being unsafe.
This might should be in the build thread but my questions are really only about the cage hoops.