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Old June 8th, 2008, 09:32 PM   #21
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Wow mini beast, that's rough.

I'd get a 2" strip of 3/16" flat stock and weld that up to the bottom of the frame rail real good(that area clearly needs to be repaired), and then bolt the hitch to your fresh steel.
Should I make the holes bigger in the frame and weld some nuts to the back of the steel then weld the strip up and then bolt the hitch to it?
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Old June 8th, 2008, 09:33 PM   #22
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Should I make the holes bigger in the frame and weld some nuts to the back of the steel then weld the strip up and then bolt the hitch to it?
That'd work.
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Old June 8th, 2008, 09:34 PM   #23
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i probably wont weld it because i sold the hitch to a buddy of mine today.
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Old June 8th, 2008, 09:46 PM   #24
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I worked at a hitch shop for a couple of years. I have cut- off numerous hitches that were "welded on" after the welds failed. I have never seen a bolt-on hitch fail (except one, but that was a legitimate case of retardedness). No hitch maker makes a weld in hitch for a reason. frames are dirty, and rusted, overhead welding is difficult, can it be done sure. do you want to do it no.

Do not bolt it. spend 140 bucks, go to a hitch shop, and buy the right hitch for your truck. it will come with the right bolts.

you will have to drill 8 bolt holes, and then tighten up 8 bolts. You can do it in under 20 minutes if you have a standard plug- in drill and a 1/4 and 1/2 inch drill. Keep in mind, that hitch manufacturers put those bolt holes in particular places on the frame rail where the strength is sufficient. I'm not saying that it really matters in your case, but you really dont want that liability on your hands.
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Old June 8th, 2008, 09:54 PM   #25
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I have a hitch from an 89 F150 (Rese class 3 hitch) that I can let go of. It will bolt upto just about anything, might even have most of the mounting hardware.

if you can deal with a last second call I might be swinging though that side of the state when I start work again, just depends on where the company sends me.
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I worked at a hitch shop for a couple of years. I have cut- off numerous hitches that were "welded on" after the welds failed. I have never seen a bolt-on hitch fail (except one, but that was a legitimate case of retardedness). No hitch maker makes a weld in hitch for a reason. frames are dirty, and rusted, overhead welding is difficult, can it be done sure. do you want to do it no.

Do not bolt it. spend 140 bucks, go to a hitch shop, and buy the right hitch for your truck. it will come with the right bolts.

you will have to drill 8 bolt holes, and then tighten up 8 bolts. You can do it in under 20 minutes if you have a standard plug- in drill and a 1/4 and 1/2 inch drill. Keep in mind, that hitch manufacturers put those bolt holes in particular places on the frame rail where the strength is sufficient. I'm not saying that it really matters in your case, but you really dont want that liability on your hands.
I installed my rece myself, it came with plates to put onthe back of the frame to keep the nuts from ripping though, it only took 4 bolts if I recall also.
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Old June 8th, 2008, 09:58 PM   #27
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I have a hitch from an 89 F150 (Rese class 3 hitch) that I can let go of. It will bolt upto just about anything, might even have most of the mounting hardware.

if you can deal with a last second call I might be swinging though that side of the state when I start work again, just depends on where the company sends me.
how much would you let it go for?
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how much would you let it go for?
$30 sound good?
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yah, let me know when u come threw the area next and i'll meet you some where.
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that could be a long time, I'm an otr driver, I hear we haul a lot of stuff from the detroit area but i haven't been that way yet. drop me your phone # and ill give ya a call if I get that way.
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All depends on the quality of the welds. If the welder is not an experienced at overhead welds, I would go with grade 8 bolts. With the bolts, you know the integreity. With the welds you don't.

Not to be a jerk, but if you don't know which type of welder to use, it is an indication that you are not very experienced with welding. Leads me to say don't take a chance.
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Why are cross members riveted or bolted on then?

cost of assembly mainly. Most of the new frames have welded box frames though, and through welded supports.
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that could be a long time, I'm an otr driver, I hear we haul a lot of stuff from the detroit area but i haven't been that way yet. drop me your phone # and ill give ya a call if I get that way.
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