i know this is my first post, but this question is driving me crazy! first things first. my name is "shoes" i live in upstate N.Y. and as i'm sure lots of you know, we have a problem in these parts of the rust demon! my '03 Ranger XLT single cab 6' box has lost the battle with the evil one. the back spring shackles have rotted away, the side of the frame where the shackles are riveted to have rotted, pretty good sized holes too
the flanges are not too bad, NOT safe though enough to work with to do refab work. i usually lay 2"x 3/16" angle iron top and bottom, weld the snot out of it(after a good grinding!) then i weld 3/16 plate over that to basically make a new frame over the rotted one. i did a S-10 all the way to the cab once! it was rough! the Ranger is only bad to the middle of the wheel hump. my question is, keep hearing about something called "fishplating". i seen it mentioned in this sub section but it gave no details. tried the search- no matches found. SO, can anybody enlighten this dumb ol' shoemaker? i know i can do the repair the way i've done it before, but i cant stand hearing about stuff like this and NOT knowing what the heck it is! perhaps what I do is the same thing!! wouldnt THAT be a kick in the ***! thanks for reading my too long first post!