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How to straighten frame????

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by BlazerGuy, Feb 6, 2004.

  1. BlazerGuy

    BlazerGuy 3/4 ton status

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    Awhile back my towhook got caught on a rock and bent the frame /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif, as you can see. How can I straighten it?? Or is it best left up to a shop? don't worry about the spring hanger, I can get another one of those. Keep in mind I don't have a welder(I do have a torch though). /forums/images/graemlins/bow.gif
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    Oh and keep your "Those towhooks and the way they're mounted sucks" comments to yourself...they're the PO's doing and I'm trying to get rid of them... /forums/images/graemlins/shame.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

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  2. jjlaughner

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    I'd say if the frame (vertical section is not bent) just the bottom... get a huge ass plumbers wrench and put on there and bend that area back down, then drill a hole in the front bumper and piece of 2"x1" steel about 16" long and drill a bunch of holes in it and mount it to the frame and put a clevis on the front /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif

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    ^ the other little piece of steel is like 1/8-3/16" same holes and sandwich the frame /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif
     
  3. BlazerGuy

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    Sounds like a good idea.... /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
  4. Confedneck

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    i say get a big floorjack under the spring hanger... just tall enough to keep the suspension from compressing too far..put a piece of plywood under the jackstand, run a come-along cable under the plywood, under the tire and back to the t-case xmember, and come along the frame straight?? but use a towel between the cable and tire.. /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     
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    I say torch the tow hook off and leave it. That part being bent isn't hurting anything.
     
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    nah, but the spring hanger being bent possibly could be..
     
  7. BlazerGuy

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    I usually have the hook off since it's useless but I put it on in the pic so y'all can see the angle better(the hook use to be straight). I haven't had any problems with it yet but I might in the future since I plan on relocating the spring hanger foward to accomodate 52" springs. I think I'm gonna get it as straight as possible with the forkin huge wrench idea and slap some D-shackles on da beotch! /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif Hell, it'll even improve the approach angle... /forums/images/graemlins/woot.gif
     
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    I assume I should use a 2"x1" solid piece of steel??? Thanks /forums/images/graemlins/ears.gif
     
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    Heat it and beat it, it'll go back. /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     

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