Using a huge industrial sized metal brake, we chomped down some nice thick sheet. we got to use a large "hole punch thing" that apparently can make 1inch holes in 3/4inch plate steel. A little overkill to make the 1 inch hole for the spacer to be welded to, but that's neither here nor there. Then came the flapper wheel to give this lovely lady some curves
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a little belt sander to smooth over the edges, and we were ready to weld this thang up!