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Cutting off the Hitch???

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by fwc, Oct 18, 2004.

  1. fwc

    fwc Registered Member Premium Member

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    Anything I need to consider before I /forums/images/graemlins/hack.gif off my trailer hitch? Do I need to add back a piece of steel to reinforce or tie together the rearmost part of the frame?
     
  2. RustBuket

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    I don't think so. I think they were an option anyways so some didn't even have em. I think, help me out here guys.
     
  3. fwc

    fwc Registered Member Premium Member

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    The hitch is fairly well rusted on so I was just going to grind off the bolts and take a BFH to it. Even if the hitches were optional, would it still be a good idea to weld a cross bar on the end of the frame?
     
  4. Resurrection_Joe

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    You can;t just unbolt it ?

    I boxed the rear of my frame with a hitch between the spring hangers......... so i guess you'd HAVE to cut out something like that?

    I'm not too familiar with what you have so....
     
  5. fwc

    fwc Registered Member Premium Member

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    Stock 91 Jimmy. Its pretty rusted so I am not going to spend too much time with the wrench if the bolts arent turning. All the better if it unbolts easily.
     
  6. Resurrection_Joe

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    Drill or torch the bolts if you can
     
  7. Jonny-K5

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    you shouldnt have to have a crossmember there.hitches are an option and many trucks came without them. the frame might benifit from a hitch/crossmember in the back, but definatly not nessesary.
     
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    Drill or torch the bolts if you can

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    The bolts are only a couple of inches from the gas tank /forums/images/graemlins/weld.gif /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif
     
  9. big jimmy 91

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    Drill or torch the bolts if you can

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    The bolts are only a couple of inches from the gas tank /forums/images/graemlins/weld.gif /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif

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    Not a problem unless the tank leaks /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif
     
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    mine didnt come with a "hitch" it just has that stupid thing with the ball that attaches to the bumper and then to the frame..........I think im going to take it off.
    your hitch should just bolt to the bottom of the frame so if the bolts are stuck just use some penetrating oil and a long braker bar, they should not be to difficult. I wouldnt use a torch that close to the gas tank, there might be fumes around it that could ignite /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Sometimes it is easier to just tighten and snap the bolts then to fight with the rust all the way off.
     
  12. B_to_C

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    if the bolts are stuck just use some penetrating oil and a long braker bar, they should not be to difficult.

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    You've lived down south too long my friend...
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    I'de day use an air chisel /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    Anything I need to consider before I /forums/images/graemlins/hack.gif off my trailer hitch? Do I need to add back a piece of steel to reinforce or tie together the rearmost part of the frame?

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  14. darkshadow

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    the one on my sub is welded on humm.

    and if it is as rusty as that pic just tie it to a big tree and drop the hammer! /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     

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