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Posted May 29, 2011 - 06:02 AM

I'll try using the tractor to straighten it. If that fails, maybe heat. All else fails, make a notch with a cutoff blade, straighten, make the stiffeners and fire up the welder. It will be functional again.

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Posted May 29, 2011 - 07:31 AM

Good luck. Stuff like this can be a bear without heat. Mapp will work if you can get it fast enough or have something to hold the heat, otherwise it'll just cool off. Years gone by, I'd ask if you have an asbestos blanket.
If you can't get it back the way you're talking about with the jack, try jacking it up and then applying the heat you can with the mapp, may give you just enough.

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Posted May 29, 2011 - 05:25 PM

Got it straightened out and gusseted. Had to cut a slot with the sawzall about 3/16" deep, heated, and bent back. All welded up and doing fine, except for the lift bar. LOL

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Posted May 29, 2011 - 05:29 PM

That's great on the gussets Kenny, How about some pics. :D

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Posted May 29, 2011 - 05:47 PM

Okay, here you go.
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They are all 3/8" thick.

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Posted May 29, 2011 - 05:53 PM

Looks stout enough now. Mabey it is time to build another hitch that is form AND function. Something with a little pizazz. :D

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Posted May 29, 2011 - 06:02 PM

Hey, I want to play with it some, getting tired of fixing and building.
I could paint it to match the tractor, that would give it some pizazz.

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Posted May 29, 2011 - 06:34 PM

Hey, I want to play with it some, getting tired of fixing and building.
I could paint it to match the tractor, that would give it some pizazz.


Ya, that would do it. Or, you could just paint it the color of rust, then none of us will be able to take our eyes off of it lol.

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Posted May 29, 2011 - 06:41 PM

Ya, that would do it. Or, you could just paint it the color of rust, then none of us will be able to take our eyes off of it lol.

If I had known that, I never would have put paint on it in the first place.

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Posted May 30, 2011 - 10:11 AM

It should be pretty hard to bend that now. You'll have to lift some heavy iron to bend it.

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Posted May 30, 2011 - 01:28 PM

Got the Cub off the ground, but will need ballast on the front of the Ford. It wanted to do a wheelie, so I put the Cub back down. This will work, just needs a little fine tuning.
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Another thing, once i got it up, the Ford wanted to back up on it's own. Not sure what is going on there. May need a little more tension on the centering springs for neutral.

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Posted May 30, 2011 - 02:22 PM

That looks like it is working good now Kenny. Glad it is now heavy enough to do work when you need it. Would have sucked to bend the sleeve hitch when you needed to drag a tractor for real. Also, as for weight on front I would recommend a chunk of railroad track, it will make a heck of a counterweight and an indestructible bumper. :D I have 2 chunks about 2 foot long each that weigh 75 pounds each, not sure what "pound rating" they are but I doubt it matters when all you are looking for is the weight, you set get whatever you can find.

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Posted May 30, 2011 - 02:54 PM

Happen to have a 4' section. Thought about the 50 lb. Webb also.

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Posted May 30, 2011 - 04:17 PM

Oh ya, you got the Webb weights, I forgot about them. I say use whatever you have and like lol.

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Posted May 30, 2011 - 05:17 PM

Gotta figure out a way to attach. Several options available,one being using the mounting for the mule drive. Decisions, decisions. I call a break.




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