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Is my trailer ball welded in?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TacomaPrime, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. Jun 21, 2011 at 7:02 PM
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    TacomaPrime

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    I bought an 05 tacoma last week and the ball thing was stuck in there. the pin is missing. I wanted to remove it, but can't. Tried pounding it with a sledge and nothing.
    So I decided to look at the back and found this.

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    Is that welded on at that joint? It sure looks like it to me. If it is, how the heck do I get it out without a blowtorch?
     
  2. Jun 21, 2011 at 7:03 PM
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    Max-4_Yota

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  3. Jun 21, 2011 at 7:04 PM
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    macgyver

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    Post a pic of the front.
     
  4. Jun 21, 2011 at 7:39 PM
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    Wow, that is unbelievable. Why would anybody do this???
    The more I read, the more I am convinced about buying new, taking care of it (myself, that is) and be happy. :)
     
  5. Jun 21, 2011 at 7:41 PM
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    JimBeam

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    That, to me, looks like just the receiver welded to the frame of the hitch

    judging by the rust though, i'd bet that the ball is just rusted into the receiver
     
  6. Jun 21, 2011 at 7:43 PM
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    Maverick904

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    this....

    get you a can of PB blaster or whatever the hell its called..spray liberally..give it a few minutes..then try pounding again...
     
  7. Jun 21, 2011 at 7:43 PM
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    sechsgang

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    Well, you were lucky that there was no trailer welded to the frame I guess.
     
  8. Jun 21, 2011 at 7:44 PM
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    Maverick904

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    :laughing:
     
  9. Jun 21, 2011 at 7:47 PM
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    Factory! Pic of side, rear, etc..

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  10. Jun 21, 2011 at 7:48 PM
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    paintdiddy

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    What he said.I would tie the ball to a tree and floor it
     
  11. Jun 21, 2011 at 7:53 PM
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    Wow. When I was 18 I would probably have done the same, and then paid for my stupidity deerly, LOL.
     
  12. Jun 21, 2011 at 8:10 PM
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    :D Fixed!
     
  13. Jun 21, 2011 at 8:11 PM
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    pb blaster, and hit it harder lol. maybe have friend over and charge a dollar a hit
     
  14. Jun 21, 2011 at 8:13 PM
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    Greensystemsgo

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    doubt its welded, you are in IL, meaning rust and other crap buildup. doubt its selded. get a grinder, some PM and a strong swinging arm. BUT, you might wanna consider a new bumper.
     
  15. Jun 21, 2011 at 8:17 PM
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    Make friends with someone who has a good air hammer, it's just rusted in. If you do tow anything, be absolutely sure you put a pin in there first.:cool:
     
  16. Jun 21, 2011 at 8:18 PM
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  17. Jun 21, 2011 at 8:18 PM
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    Looks like a stock hitch. I don't see any ball.
     
  18. Jun 21, 2011 at 8:24 PM
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    Allow me to reinforce this!

    End thread! Unless you show us a pic of an actual ball in it!
     
  19. Jun 21, 2011 at 9:04 PM
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    This ^^^

    ....or find someone with a set of Acetylene/Oxygen torches and heat the receiver till its red hot, then just pull it out.
     
  20. Jun 21, 2011 at 9:05 PM
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    OP, the "ball thing" is your receiver. I bet you don't have a hitch inserted into the receiver, which is why there is no pin. Hitting the receiver with a hammer might be fun, but it's not doing your truck or tools any favors.
     
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