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#31 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted May 28, 2011 - 03:48 PM

I believe that is a good assumption. I didn't think 1/2" stock would bend that easily. May need a little front ballast on the tractor once this is fixed. But the Ford tried to lift it.

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Posted May 28, 2011 - 03:52 PM

Did you at least get the Cub's tires up off the ground before the destruction began?

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Posted May 28, 2011 - 03:55 PM

I could have moved it around, as I had most of the weight off the ground. But decided to forgo any further problems.

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Posted May 28, 2011 - 04:21 PM

Here's where I plan to beef it with some 3/8" stock.
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What is in red will be reinforcement.

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Posted May 28, 2011 - 04:26 PM

Okay, calling all metal working gurus. Should I apply heat to bend this back, or whack it with a BFH?
Largest I have is four pounds. LOL

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Posted May 28, 2011 - 04:54 PM

Your reinforcement looks like it should work well. As for bending it back I would just heat it up and bend it back because you will be heating it up anyway when you weld in your gussets. Besides, I doubt it will budge with a BFH lol.

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Posted May 28, 2011 - 05:36 PM

Hasn't budged with the mapp gas for heat. Not sure whether to go get another mapp gas cylinder, or buy some cheap charcoal and heat it that way. Those are my choices. BFH is really a bfh. 4 lb. What say all?

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Posted May 28, 2011 - 05:43 PM

I would just whack it back with a bfh.

I swear in one of you posts I made mention about reinforcing it? :D

Sorry it bent on you. I think the reinforcements you posted would work good.

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Posted May 28, 2011 - 05:44 PM

Acetylene torch in your shop anywhere? That will heat it up more than adequately. If not just set it in the charcoal and see what happens.

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Posted May 28, 2011 - 05:53 PM

Nutndun, you probably did. I never thought 1/2" thick metal would give so quick. 4 lb. bfh isn't doing a thing. LOL
Casey, no acetylene. Mapp Gas or charcoal. Spent about 20 minutes trying to heat it w/mapp, got nowhere.
May heat some with charcoal, then put in vise and heat area with mapp. Got a 5' cheater for the pipe wrench. If I can get it hot enough.

If all else fails, I have an angle grinder with cut off blades and a welder.

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Posted May 28, 2011 - 06:28 PM

I believe that is a good assumption. I didn't think 1/2" stock would bend that easily. May need a little front ballast on the tractor once this is fixed. But the Ford tried to lift it.


3/4" mild steel will bend easily with that much leverage applied.
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Posted May 28, 2011 - 06:43 PM

Now you tell me. LOL I'll get it back, one way or another.

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Posted May 28, 2011 - 06:45 PM

Just leave the tractor lift attached, then put a jack under the very end of it & go to raise the Ford. Get someone to sit in it's seat if needed. Should bend right back!
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Posted May 28, 2011 - 06:50 PM

I'll try that in the morn. Thanks.

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Posted May 28, 2011 - 07:35 PM

The reinforcement looks like it should do the trick. The sleeve is usually welded directly to the hitch cross bar which is much stronger than what you had. I would try to put a long bar in the tow hitch and lift up on it with a jack. That should be the reverse of what you did lifting the cub. As long as that is not going to bend something else on the tractor.
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