Originally Posted by Scrambler82
IMHO… you have taken the time to clean up this frame and a good job from the pics, why, why… not buy new frame mounts and body bushing/hdw ?
Yes it will be pricey but once completed you will have a really nice setup.
You will have to cut rivets to remove the old mounts but you will get a chance to take a look behind the Frame Mounts and see if there is any damage there or at least clean up and paint the frame.
The new frame mounts can be bolted on with some good quality grade 5 hdw and you will be all set for a long future with this truck, that is if there is one in your plans.
Also, since the Body Mounts look like this what do the Rear Spring Mounts look like ?
Just another project.
Back on the actual subject, if the metal has reasonable thickness in the areas that didn’t rust through then you should e able to repair the existing mounts but don’t try to repair the Spring Mounts if they are are rotted too.
Yep I agree with you. The only problem is that the only mounts that are available are the 2 that are not rotted. My back 2 mounts are in good shape. The front cab and the rad mounts are rotted out. I searched for weeks and the only ones I could find are the rear.
Either I find mounts to replace them with or I have to fix them.
I am real confused. I did months of research before I started this job to get an idea of what I would be looking at as far as what may need replaced. I went on a slew of forums well any online source I could find that could offer some insight. All that responded said no real biggie. So after many moons of research I started this journey. Well I totally underestimated the needed "must do" work. I am sooooo over my intended budget I am sick. I am not a stranger to this type of work as I have done it before.
It seems according to those who respond that I am one of a few and that no one else runs into this kind of issues.
Energy Suspension told me these plates that sandwich the rubber mounts do not exist yet here they are I have pics for all to see. I am told that everyone else just pulls them apart with no sweat.
Every thing I try to find or need info on is a dead end.
Yes the cost is becoming overwhelming as I will have as much or more than a new truck soon.
Getting back on topic, would anyone know where I could get the needed front mounts and also how about shims?
I was asked several times did I keep the shims. Heck I did not see any. The only thing other than the hardware was rust and rot. So if there were shims they were nothing more than a pile of rust.
ES says I need to keep my old shims and reuse them. Well I would have to turn the pile of iron powder back into metal to reuse them.
here I go again, now I need to find them and I do not know what I need.
To let you know about the springs if your talking about rear they are already completed with no rot. If your talking about the coil mounts, they are all set too. There was a little rust where the tower meets the frame but blasting the frame removed 98% of the rust so that was ok. The only rot on the frame is these body mounts. The cab was totally rotted forcing me to get a 88 donor for metal.
I had already thought of getting the mounts from that but they are worse than these!
Am I the only one with these worse case trucks or maybe the only one trying to do this job.
Just figured why the rear mounts are the ones out there, its because they are squared up. The guy that makes them uses steel plates and uses a brake to bend them and drills the holes in the right locations. The front mounts are rounded and could not be reproduced easily. I am thinking that is why the rears are available.