Got some good work on the LCB last night. Hit the shop right after work. First order of business was to rotate the final drives 180 degrees. One side slipped on easy, the other required kissing a brass hammer several times. Finished.
Next was addressing the damaged rear frame section on the passenger side. Not only the poorly repaired crack, but the steel was corroded to the point of being to thin to be structurally sound in places.
I'll admit I tried noodling out fixes that were less involved. Wasn't satisfied with any of them long term. My solution was to cut out the bad and replace with good. I had a piece of frame steel that was cut from the frame's front under the radiator that was no longer needed. It was big enough and the same thickness. I also wanted to replace the steel past the existing crack, so as to stop it from recurring. Fastened a jig for a guide and broke out the plasma cutter.
Next the dutchman was cut to shape, drilled and chamfered for welding, Clamped in place and hard tacked. Still needs final welding and some finish shaping, but that's for another night. Overall, a good night's work though.