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Old 05-27-2004, 11:55 AM   #1
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Tongue - say ahhhhh

Along with replacing axle, springs wheels etc - I'm thinking about replacing the hitch that is attached to the tongue on my 58. I figure that I would go to the next size ball and have an updated attaching mechanizm. What do you all think? How hard is it to unweld the old one, and when you do unweld it does it weaken the frame?

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Ken,

When we replaced the coupler on my '59 with a larger one, we were able to clean up and weld shut the openings where the front of the frame is open to the elements and dirt. I think it's a great idea.

This picture is a little cruddy because I just treated it with POR-15 metal prep, which leaves a coating on the metal.
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Ken,
When we replaced the coupler on my '59 with a larger one, we were able to clean up and weld shut the openings where the front of the frame is open to the elements and dirt. I think it's a great idea.
This picture is a little cruddy because I just treated it with POR-15 metal prep, which leaves a coating on the metal.
I can't help but ask this:
Is that upside down, or what??
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Nah! its the new style coupler. Haven't you seen those?

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Nah! its the new style coupler. Haven't you seen those?

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No weight distribution needed.

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Nah! its the new style coupler. Haven't you seen those?

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Noooo, that's BS.....lol
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My own sick sense of humor. Sorry!

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BTW. Markdoane (Don) does excellent work. Anyone considering frame/shell separation should read his posts. 59Toaster and a few others also come to mind as well. I guess it makes sense, if you're gonna go all the way, do it right! My 56 frame off is looming closer!
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I can't help but ask this:
Is that upside down, or what??
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Awww.
Gotta start over. Thanks for pointing that out.

Hey, can't I just put the ball upside down in the reciever?
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Its an Austrailian Hitch. You're just looking at it from North America.
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Awww.
Gotta start over. Thanks for pointing that out.
Hey, can't I just put the ball upside down in the reciever?
You might ask CAN-AM to fix it up for you...lmao
Looks like a nice piece of art~
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Ken,
back to your question:

I took me about three hours with a grinder to get the old coupler off. It's not a pleasant task.

If you have the time, space, and inclination, I think taking the axle off and turning the frame over makes the job of replacing and painting the frame a lot easier.

Two men and a boy can flip the frame without any equipment.
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Yes that's the kinda hitch I was looking at - an upsidedown hitch - its new physics

Anyway - thanks for the info - you confirmed my thinking.

My thinking if I have new coupler, new running gear - life is good. Plus a larger ball is a stronger connection - probably overkill, but won't hurt.

Do you have a box frame? Mine is a C frame so don't see a need to seal off the end - I do think its a great i
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oops pushed the button too quick.... Anyway I do think its a great idea - should do that on my 75 instead of stuffing steel wool.

Did you have any problems finding a hitch to fit - most of the newer frames are 4-5 inch - mine (or yours and mine) are 3 inch.

My plan is to have the shop who is doing the welding for me cut it off - my understanding is they have tools to do that. I'm also going to have some cross member welding done - except all mine is being done with the shell and wheels still on the trailer .

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Did you have any problems finding a hitch to fit - most of the newer frames are 4-5 inch - mine (or yours and mine) are 3 inch.

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Nope, my frame is 4".
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