Has anyone split/seperated the two haves of the frame?
I'm currently in the proccess of cleaning up the frame to repaint it. I am eventually going to pull the axle out and get it on the bench to service bearings, seals, and brakes, as well as paint it. I would also like to remove both the "behind the cab" cross member, and also the rear/spare tire cross member, so that way I can clean them up and paint them better. I was wondering if it would be a good idea to seaperate them? Or just better to leave them how they are. Also, Would bolting it with one size bigger (drilling the hole slightly bigger) grade 8 bolt be fine for replacement of the rivots?
If this helps, its a 2001 Ford Ranger Edge, 4.0 SOHC, 4x4, Ext. Cab, 6 ft bed. I've attatched a poorly taken blurry photo of what I'm talking about.