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  1. #1
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    Default A new hitch on an old Ford

    It seems that my trailer is getting heavier and heavier. So I decided that it was time for a real hitch. I used 3/8" bent plate with a 3" hole for the 3"x1/4" square tube to fit thru. I used 1/4" plate to beef up the area where the receiver tube attached to the 3", front and back. There is 3 grade 8 1/2" bolts on each side.



    Sorry folks I forgot to get the camera until it was pretty well put together.








    Well its gona take one more post to get the rest of the pics.

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  2. #2
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    As you can see I am not very good at making the transition on the corners, but I hope with practice I can catch on.





    I know the tube is sorta long but it made a great place for the jack while I was fitting the hitch to the frame.



    I marked up my cut lines last night and went to work on it this morning. Between the kids, the wife, and the neighbors I got picked up about dark.

    I ran the little 180 maxed out with .035 wire and co2. I was going to use 7018 but I tried a test piece, and after the destructive test it appeared that I was getting good penetration with the mig. So I ran with it.

    Miller 211 A.S. and Spoolmate 100
    Stickmate LX 235 AC / 160 DC.
    Clarke 180 EN Just in case
    Spectrum 375 X-Treme.
    O/A Medium Radnor Torch, Large Victor Torch.
    Milwaukee 14" Chop Saw.
    4 x 6 Horizontal Band Saw.
    Rockworth 80 Gallon 2 Stage 16 SCFM @ 175 PSI , 15 SCFM @ 90 PSI.
    Jackson Passive shade #5 for the plasma.
    I almost forgot the Hobart XVP AD Hood.


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  3. #3
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    Nice work! It looks like a good design that is safe and well thoughout. I would feel comfortable driving behind it.

  4. #4
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    That looks nice & beefy. good job.
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  5. #5
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    Looks great, nice work.

    I would cut down the tube protruding forward so a spare tire can fit under the bed.

  6. #6
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    Thank you gentlemen I appreciate it. The average joe wouldn't have a clue what goes into most welding projects.

    I agree about the spare tire. I just have to come up with a good secure way to mount it again. When I got the truck it didn't have a spare and the carrier was trashed. I think it fell down while someone was driving maybe. I didn't measure it but there may be room for the rear side of the tire to set right on top of the receiver tube and then I can make some sort of a bracket for the front side.

    Miller 211 A.S. and Spoolmate 100
    Stickmate LX 235 AC / 160 DC.
    Clarke 180 EN Just in case
    Spectrum 375 X-Treme.
    O/A Medium Radnor Torch, Large Victor Torch.
    Milwaukee 14" Chop Saw.
    4 x 6 Horizontal Band Saw.
    Rockworth 80 Gallon 2 Stage 16 SCFM @ 175 PSI , 15 SCFM @ 90 PSI.
    Jackson Passive shade #5 for the plasma.
    I almost forgot the Hobart XVP AD Hood.


    Projects and Misc Albums
    http://picasaweb.google.com/keesfriend Feel Free to Have a Look ( Just keep in mind I am an amateur )

  7. #7
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    Thumbs up

    very nice work
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  8. #8
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    looks like you've got a good bumper there. how did you bend those plates where it mounts to the frame?

  9. #9
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    Thumbs up Great job your hired.!!!!!!

    Looks like you did a real nice fabricating and welding job. How much tongue weight are you having to hold up. Reason I ask I only see one weak spot. But if you will have a 500 lbs or less you should be fine..
    Bob

  10. #10
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    Default Round off those corners..

    Do yourself and every mechanic in the distant future a favor by rounding off those corners with a grinder then a flap disc.. Nice work just keep it safe for all of the people that work around it..
    Steve

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