'03 Dodge frame bent last night
Well, one of my past students that works on my vehicles, raised my '03 Dodge pickup on his hoist and kept hearing a "creaking", realized all of a sudden that the distance from the top of the bed and back of cab was wide enough to place his fist sideways between the two!! Yep, frame bent. Truck is sitting right now looking like it has been arched, I can still put four fingers wide between the cab and top of bed. So, measured, will get some metal put together tomorrow after helping Fina and Josh move to their new house (with my past student's Ford pulling my gooseneck stock trailer). Going to lift it back on the hoist, lower down onto jackstands, use my porta power to pinch the boxed frame back in shape and then lay in an L bracket of 3/16" metal along the one side and bottom of the frame, put a flat bar on the other side and weld onto the bottom of the L making basically a channel. Before welding going to drill numerous 1/2" holes so I can weld more than the horizontal edges. Doing both sides. Hope to have it on the road depending on when we get done with Fina and Josh's move by Sunday afternoon evening. Have 7 fat steers to haul to the processor Tuesday. So,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, check your truck frames, it bent on both sides the same location. Behind the cab mounts. Evidently water laid in the frame at these locations. Just a heads up so it doesn't strike you while on the road. Evidently is not just a Dodge problem. There goes my "easy" weekend!
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