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So I have a rather disturbing looking hole in the drivers side of my frame under the bed (salt sucks). I'm thinking of getting it patched, and I wondered, while I was at it, there are any problem areas in the frame particularly in the rear that I might wanna have a welder re-enforce (BTW, is cladding the preferred term?).

Also, does anyone have a suggestion for a good welder to go to in Ohio in the Dayton area? I've read all about the guy in columbus to avoid, so who should I see?
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Ian
 

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I do know that plates welded on in the diamond shape give more strength than a square patch.
 

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how big is the hole and where exactly on the frame, crossmember, etc?
 

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tanKoma said:
how big is the hole and where exactly on the frame, crossmember, etc?
When its light out I'll whip out a tape and give an exact location. Its in the actual frame (would it be the frame rail?) not a cross member. If I recall if just forward of the wheel/axle. It probably started life as an opening thats just naturally in the frame from manufacture (what are those about 1" diameter?), but now its maybe double the size. Maybe I can borrow a camera and post a decent pic.

When it gets warm (and I can find rear shocks) I'm replacing my rear leaf springs. While the axle is detached from the truck, I have this sick desire to remove the bed and wire brush EVERYTHING that I can reach (axle too) and then coat everyhing with POR-15 or something like that. Maybe a little black pain before everything goes back on. I figure it might slow the inevitable down a little, and it would be really gratifying not to stare at a rusty frame, especially if I did a body lift. :cool:
 
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