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My rear frame tail section repair/re-inforcement

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by CdnSldr, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. Aug 7, 2011 at 1:03 PM
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    CdnSldr

    CdnSldr [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Josh
    Northwestern Ontario (the only good part of ON)
    Vehicle:
    '96 Sex on Wheels ;)
    Deckplate mod, Bilstein 3" C/O's, NWO 2.5" rear leafs w/ overload, OME greasable Shackles, 33/12.5/15 Dura trac's, 15" Wheelers Steelies Type "B", Sat. Radio, Diff breather mod
    Not soon after I bought my truck (year ago) I noticed that end of the frame where the Class 3 hitch mounts was split. I dont know if this was caused by the PO overloading the hitch or something. Anyways, Ive done my best not to tow anything until I had a chance to fix it. Most I was willing to put on there was my brothers 12' boat.

    I recently got access to a small MIG welder :D soo I thought this would be the perfect time.

    So as far as my welding "skills" go...I am self taught and have only welded a handful of scrap pieces of metal together to get a hang of the amperage and wire speed settings.

    All I needed for materials was some 1/4" angle iron. About 30cm in length total.

    Here is what the splits look like. This was after bending them back into place and throwing a tack on. It was the same on both sides and opened up a lot when the hitch was mounted.
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    Crack welded
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    Here is the piece of angle iron prepped and in place on the right frame rail.
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    Welded
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    Painted
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    Left side welded and painted
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    Bumper and hitch mounted
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    Well ive got a little more piece of mind now about towing! I realize my welds are very very far from pretty or perfect, but i think they will work lol:eek:

    Cheers TW!
     
  2. Aug 7, 2011 at 10:29 PM
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    TacoBlitz

    TacoBlitz Well-Known Member

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    01 DoubleCab SR5 TRD, white
    Topper, Yakima Racks, Yakima Loadwarrior roof basket, 20% window tint (all 4 doors), Spectre ProFab Air Intake System, Black grille Suspension: New OME 881 coils and OME 5 leaf rear springs, Blilstein shocks and struts, Daystar Greasable shackels Extended rear brake line
    Looks great, I would for sure feel confident towing with that repair. Probably better than I would have done.
     
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