Twostep , I appreciate the offer but I have an extra grill surround for the 982 , Thanks anyway .
I've also got all the parts to fix the Original . In fact I changed out the front axle and bent and broken steering linkages while it was still on the trailer before I actually drove it into the garage so I can fix some of its other issues .
wvbuzzmaster , My chains are pretty large , but my hooks were probably under rated for the trailer ( they were forged and they both broke ) . I'm with you on losing a trailer at higher speeds , while it just a guess on my part , I'm not sure at Interstate speed that I wanted that trailer pulling my truck in another direction when the hitch failed .
Especially in my circumstance where I was in the process of changing lanes .
The MTD is still on the trailer , I'm going to have to use the rear lift on my 982 to pick up the rear of the MTD because of the broken rearend . Probably get to it tomorrow .
I'll make a decision on the MTD's fate when I get it in the garage and can really look at it , but looking at it on the trailer it looks like the frame may be bent .
I took some pictures of the damage , If I can find a left axle tube , grill , carb elbow and the frames not bent , I'll probably repair it . The rest of the damage to the hood and the dash I think I can fix .
On another subject , I've had several people look at that hitch and everybody that's looked at it said the welds were garbage and I ought to talk to the manufacturer about damages .
The problem is I purchased the hitch about 6 or 7 years ago and I'm not sure who made it or even where I purchased it from , although I'm pretty sure it was TSC .
I looked at the only label that's still on it and if you look at the last picture below you'll see where it was made .
I guess I should have stayed with Made In The USA .
My other hitch which is made by Reese which I thought was Made in the USA , but after looking at the fine print , its also made in China , but its welds on it look a lot larger .