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ok...anyone straighten their own frame?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by laketex, Feb 11, 2002.

  1. laketex

    laketex 3/4 ton status

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    I need to do this at home on the cheap. What happened is I towed my blazer 350 miles home one night a long time ago with a tow bar on the front horns and one or both is pretty tweaked now. I cant afforrd a frame shop, so what's the good ol down home fixit?

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  2. muddin4fun

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    Hee hee! this will make you laugh. My buddy took his front bumper off, hooked the frame up to a big heavy truck like a dually and they yanked on it. It worked! I can imagine how bad it pissed the neighbors off hearing that! LOL! But that's how he did it.

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  3. BAD LUCK 79'

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    a realy big hammer and a string... but only if it's minor... if it's to bent up you might be better off cutting that section out and weilding a new one on.. just beef it up a bit... other than that all i can think of is take it to a shop ....

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  4. shaggyk5

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    high lift jack between the frame rails.....

    -matt
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  5. tRustyK5

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    BFH...porta power, hi-lift. It's just mild steel...

    rene

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    Shaggy has the right idea. You can also use the Hi-lift as a clamp if that's what you need.

    My frame horn is bent in the middle, so I am going to have to squeeze it in. I was planning on using the Hi-lift and my torch for this. You need to use heat so you can get it to ease into place. Don't heat it too much though.

    I am going to weld 1/4" plate to the outside of the frame horns and than just make a new bumper to fit the new width. This is practical for me because my old bumber was destroyed beyond repair.
     
  7. laketex

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    i've got all 3 of those Rene. You would bend it cold, not heat and bend?

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    I guess, if you have enough leverage. It ought to be a heck of a lot easier if you heat it though, don'tch think?
     
  9. tRustyK5

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    It depends...for a slight bend I'd try cold first. If it kinks a little i'd use some heat to take the kinks out. Like a bent bumper kink...you can use the heat to shrink the stretched part of the frame. The steel actually stretches which causes the kinks and stuff. Heat the kink til red and use a large wet rag to quench it...

    There is no hard and fast way to do this sort of thing, it more art and feel than rules...
    Don't worry about heating it though, it is just mild steel and you won't hurt anything.

    Where and how is it bent?

    Rene

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  10. Mr.Chevy4x4

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    Be careful with the heat. Too much will make the metal brittle. My buddy straightened his with a torch and a come-along, about 4 months later he had some cracks develop where he had heated it too much. Just my $.02



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  11. laketex

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    The driver side horn is twisted a little. The top of it is bent out and the bottom bent in. Not a whole lot, but enough that it bothers me.

    Thanks for all the info, yall. If I use heat, it'll be sparingly. We'll see how it goes.



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    Hehehe, I got one. My uncle has me redoing this '79 shortbox he's going to sell and one horn of the frame was higher than the other (had been broken) and the fenders wouldn't align. He's was out pushing snow one day with the big ol' Case loader and he went over and shoved the bucket down on the rail, lol. It worked! I have to take inside and do a little tweaking, but it made a big difference.

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  13. White Knight

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    Lt you just now getting around to those??? I showed them to you 2 years ago. A big hammer, or a comealong, or you could use you daaddiiies John Deere and gently??? nug it.

    WK
     
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    dude I know. I just now got around to getting the right u joint straps and getting that all together. But man I wanna fire the bitch off tommorrow FINALLY! And what a joyous occasion it will be!

    Sherman, Tx
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