Originally Posted by airstream74
Thanks Andy. If I understand you right, straighening the axle mounting plates , rewelding the broken weld, and installing the reinforcing plates will restore the original strength of my frame. And I don't need to worry about the four 1/8th inch holes rusted in the frame. Is this right or did I miss something?
If it matters, besides the broken weld, I think most of the damage was the result of bad axles.
Thanks again for taking your time to help.
Bad axles will eventually damage the frame as well as the shell.
The plan as you outlined is fine.
After all the rust has been removed, then and not before then, add the steel plates. That will assure you that the rust wasn't covering something.
When your done, coat all the steel work with at least two good (dripping) coats of underseal.
You should also check for any rear end separation. Typically, when severe damage to the frame has occured, as in your case, some rear end separation also takes place. Any vertical movement at the rear is not acceptable.