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How bad is this frame crack????

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Impex, Jul 24, 2002.

  1. Impex

    Impex 1/2 ton status

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    about a month or so ago i noticed my truck would make awful popping noises when i would turn my wheels like coming from a parking spot or pulling in the driveway. i already had a ORD bolt on brace installed way before i heard the noises; and someone who owned the truck before me had made lots of welds around the steering box so i figured it was good to go (already fixed the problem i though). well i get a flash light and stuck it behind the gear box and there was light shining through /forums/images/icons/confused.gif . so i ordered a ORD weld in brace and today started to grind down all the old welds (nasty they were porous in the middle) and the crack ended up being much worse then i thought /forums/images/icons/shocked.gif , is this fixable?

    Frame crack pics here
     
  2. BigMac

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    Heck yeh thats fixable. With the new plate backing that up youll be good to go...

    Oh yeh you can weld better than the last guy right..
     
  3. Impex

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    im going to hire a mobile welder since i don't have one.....yet /forums/images/icons/wink.gif
     
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    Just grind a v in there and knock down any crappy welds. If you can get to it from the other side clean it up with the grinder too.

    That is a manly crack though...

    I bet theres hair in there /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif
     
  5. Joey D

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    That is a big crack. After you grind a vee into it drill a 1/4 inch hole at each end of the crack before you weld.
    The hole will keep the crack from speading any more. If you hire someone, get the best you can.
     
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    cool I learned a new trick..
    Id never heard about drilling a whole.. damn good idea.interupting the cracks progress..
     
  7. chulisohombre

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    that looks bad /forums/images/icons/frown.gif .i heard somewhere that 1st gen trucks from 70 to 72 had a extra brace in the frame for the stearing box.ive never had mine off so i dont know if this is true oe not.anybody know?
     
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    I haven't had mine apart, yet. I have been down there lookin around and dont see any extra bracing.

    I have been lookin at the fist and second gens real close. It looks, without a measuring tape, like the weld in reinforcment for 73- ? will fit (with persuasion)

    I wont be taking mine apart till I get the steel...

    One thing that is different is the locations of the crossmembers.. The bolt in brace wont work for a first gen.. the cross members aren't in the same spot.
     
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    I think the drilling a hole thing is BS.
    when I was chasing cracks the end of the crack was a long way from where it seemed to be.
    when the heat from the welder is chasing the crack the actual end is several inches from the visible crack.
     

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