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#1 LilysDad ONLINE  

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Posted November 06, 2017 - 02:18 PM

I have an equalizer hitch to pull my camper. Because my new pick up is taller than the old one by several inches; I wanted to take the ball mount apart and readjust the heighth. I couldn't undo the bolts with a 1/2" breaker and a long pipe at all!​ So, over to a local equipment rental shop where I know the owner and his mechanic. Well, his air powered impact wrench wouldn't take the 1 1/16th aircraft nuts off, even after persuading with an air hammer. Break out the torch and heat them up - off they came. Now for the bolts which for some reason have an 1 1/8th head. The first one which goes through a slotted hole was removed with a lot of impact wrench. Remember all that's holding these two bolts in is rust. Now for the last hole, nothing would remove it.    Not heat, not cussing. The last chance was a large press in the back room. He rigged it up on there and started. The bolted moved and as each thread entered the hole, the press made a loud bang, over and over. I thought for sure it was stripping threads.  Nope, just rust. 

I'm for sure going to do a thorough cleaning and install new bolts.


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Posted November 06, 2017 - 03:20 PM

Some anti-seize might help!


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Posted November 06, 2017 - 06:22 PM

One reason that I always take my hitch ball out of the receiver, don't want it to rust in there......That and it's murder on the shins. 

 

I would suggest taking your ball mount apart at least once a year. 


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Posted November 06, 2017 - 08:43 PM

I've heard that in PA it is illegal to leave your "unused" hitch in place.


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Posted November 06, 2017 - 08:52 PM

I've heard that in PA it is illegal to leave your "unused" hitch in place.

Yup. We have a law for anything and every thing.
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Posted November 06, 2017 - 09:15 PM

Wait until you need the spare tire from under the bed and turning the crank does nothing.

You're going to need to up your cussing quality.
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Posted November 06, 2017 - 09:51 PM

Can you get stainless bolts that big? Might be worth the extra$$

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Posted November 07, 2017 - 01:47 AM

Wait until you need the spare tire from under the bed and turning the crank does nothing.

You're going to need to up your cussing quality.


I'm offering lessons in that department. I make old truckers cover their ears when I'm in a foul mood.

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Posted November 07, 2017 - 07:39 AM

I've heard that in PA it is illegal to leave your "unused" hitch in place.

Where would you put your 'Bull Nuts'?

 

Can you get stainless bolts that big? Might be worth the extra$$

Would they equal the strength of the #5 bolts that are in there now?



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Posted November 08, 2017 - 12:30 PM

I'm offering lessons in that department. I make old truckers cover their ears when I'm in a foul mood.

When you step up to a sailor's cussing then you are in the BIG league.

 

When I made my hitch I turned down 3/4" grade 8 bolts to 5/8" with fine thread grade 8 nuts. I try not to leave it in the bad weather any more than I have to. Had to adjust it this summer for a lower hitch point.



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Posted November 08, 2017 - 02:16 PM

One reason that I always take my hitch ball out of the receiver, don't want it to rust in there......That and it's murder on the shins.

I would suggest taking your ball mount apart at least once a year.

Ditto, I take mine out and lock it up in the cab, mine was expensive and I don't want it stolen, here is a pic of one like mine.

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Posted November 08, 2017 - 03:13 PM

When you step up to a sailor's cussing then you are in the BIG league.

 

When I made my hitch I turned down 3/4" grade 8 bolts to 5/8" with fine thread grade 8 nuts. I try not to leave it in the bad weather any more than I have to. Had to adjust it this summer for a lower hitch point.

Aren't grade 8 bolts available in 5/8?



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Posted November 08, 2017 - 03:36 PM

Aren't grade 8 bolts available in 5/8?

Yes!



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Posted November 10, 2017 - 09:34 AM

Aren't grade 8 bolts available in 5/8?

They didn't have them where I worked  and the 3/4 was free. Free and a lathe is good. This is a Bock equalizing hitch and just copied a buddies and made each part and had our blacksmith weld it together. I would have made a 2 5/16 stainless ball but didn't have a radius gauge.

 

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Posted November 10, 2017 - 12:38 PM

. This is a Bock equalizing hitch and just copied a buddies and made each part and had our blacksmith weld it together.

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Very impressive!!!






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