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Old 05-27-2009
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[Now with pics]Front hitch installation

PSA: If you're installing a front hitch and damage the bolt leaders that come in the kit, don't try and pull the bolts through with fishing line...at least not 10lb test lol. I now have a damn bolt in the frame and have lost 2 magnets in there trying to get it out. I WILL get it out come hell or high water but I should've just sat on my hands until I could get more leaders and not tried to rig anything. Well thanks for listening....I'm gonna go write a country song about this now.

5-30-09 Update

Finally got the bolts through after making bolt leaders with some MIG wire. Fiance helped me put the hitch on...little did she know her ladybugs were inches from her face trapped inside the frame rail. She can never know. Hitch is the new Hidden Hitch for 05 and up...not the much sought after 5014 that exits through the valence. Thought about cutting it and rewelding it but it was tight under the bottom of the valence and that's good enough for me. I wanted it as a highlift jackpoint for when I get wheels and tires to go with my spindle lift. Oh and the truck is an 06 sport 2wd.


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Hahahaha


Ohh man, sorry about that.. Reminds me of the time I dropped a very much needed bolt through the top of the engine bay... didnt find it until about 3 weeks later where it somehow worked its way to the opposite side of the bay area in there. You try running a high pressure water hose through and trying to blast it back to one of the larger frame cut-outs?
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haha dude i did the same thing when i put my hitch on a long time ago. sucked *****. i ended up pulling thewhole dang thing apart
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One time I dropped a 3/8 drive wratchet in my engine bay and couldnt find it. I forgot about it. Like a month later I was snapping some pics of my truck and found the wratchet hanging down between the LCA and the frame Lol I know I drove at least 3k miles between when I lost it and when I found it.

Another time I drove like 1000 miles and found a screwdriver I had left laying on my battery, under the hood.

And one other time, I left a pair of pliers on my front bumper, and found them like a week later after driving it all week. They were behind the license plate mount that sticks up a little bit, the plate mount kept them from sliding off of the bumper.

I'm kind of bad about forgetting or leaving tools in/on my truck apparently... lol
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Lmao!


One time I dropped a 3/8 drive wratchet in my engine bay and couldnt find it. I forgot about it. Like a month later I was snapping some pics of my truck and found the wratchet hanging down between the LCA and the frame Lol I know I drove at least 3k miles between when I lost it and when I found it.

Another time I drove like 1000 miles and found a screwdriver I had left laying on my battery, under the hood.

And one other time, I left a pair of pliers on my front bumper, and found them like a week later after driving it all week. They were behind the license plate mount that sticks up a little bit, the plate mount kept them from sliding off of the bumper.

I'm kind of bad about forgetting or leaving tools in/on my truck apparently... lol
I think the flight school I worked at used to have a helicopter mechanic like you....
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i installed a hood scoop on my Cougar and dropped a nut for one of the studs in the hood bracing. I took the hood off to repaint the stripes on it this week and the first thing i heard was the rattle of that nut still sliding around in there.

I also lost a 1/2 inch socket in the floorboards of my old Galaxie. I see a pattern developing. I should take caution when working around double walled pieces of metal.
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You'll get it out........eventually. LOL
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I think the flight school I worked at used to have a helicopter mechanic like you....
Haha!
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Lmao!


One time I dropped a 3/8 drive wratchet in my engine bay and couldnt find it. I forgot about it. Like a month later I was snapping some pics of my truck and found the wratchet hanging down between the LCA and the frame Lol I know I drove at least 3k miles between when I lost it and when I found it.

Another time I drove like 1000 miles and found a screwdriver I had left laying on my battery, under the hood.

And one other time, I left a pair of pliers on my front bumper, and found them like a week later after driving it all week. They were behind the license plate mount that sticks up a little bit, the plate mount kept them from sliding off of the bumper.

I'm kind of bad about forgetting or leaving tools in/on my truck apparently... lol
Haha I did the same thing with a wrench, but funny thing was I posted a picture on here and then I could see it sticking out! Hahaha
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Haha I did the same thing with a wrench, but funny thing was I posted a picture on here and then I could see it sticking out! Hahaha
Lmao that totally beats what I did then! I was just snapping a picture
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Those are some funny stories. I finally got it out this morning before work...but I lost two of my fiance's ladybug fridge magnets inside the frame rail in the process. I need to make a little memorial for those brave ladybugs who will never emerge, they paid the ultimate price so I could have my hitch.

Thinking back to my 87 mustang...I spent so much time under the hood of it that if I dropped a socket or something I knew where it was by the sound it made. Plus the fox bodies seem to collect everything in the LCA so it makes it easy.
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R.I.P lady bug magnets.
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I think i've lost like 4 washers in my frame horns for the bumper brackets! can't effin' find 'em!!
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You could uhhh.. cut out some big holes in the frame till you find them :-D Its perfectly safe.. trust me.. I'm a doctor!
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I left socket set sitting on the intake manifold of my Camaro. The SS hood fell down an slammed on the drawer. When I opened up the hood and put all the sockets back into the set I noticed I was missing one. After opening and closing the hood a few times looking for it I heard the thing rattling inside the hood. The hood is 2 pieces bonded together and it finally rolled around and wedged into one of the corners. I sold the hood and socket a short time later. To this day its the only socket missing out of my Craftsman set. It kind of pisses me off cause I've had that set for 8+ years and never lost a piece until that day.
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LOL

May we have a moment of silence for the lady bug magnets.....
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Updated with pics at top...thanks for looking.
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Looks like mine. I hate it. Sits too low for me. Next time my front end is off, I'm gonna hack it up and so it sits right under the crossmember.
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