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    Meandmit build thread

    Well not really building anything yet, but just trying to keep all my updates in one place. I bought the truck last year (1995 M/M) with 89,000 miles on it, body/paint looked great, new tires, all smiles until the first rain storm. Well I though the windshield was leaking only to find the upper trough was rusted through letting water into the interior. The front end had a few squeaks and pops, so on a closer look found the idler arm was crap and was in need of lower control arm bushings.
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    The left side was a different story, a bit harder to get to but not too bad, after new metal was welded in place, POR 15 was then added and topped off with seam sealer.
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    The truck never came with a bumper, I looked and looked for a style I wanted. I didn't want a step bumper but just a regular bumper. I found one in a LKQ for cheap but it had a little rust/dent issues. I figured it was all cosmetics since I'll be installing a trailer hitch to pull with not the bumper, so out came the grinder/cut off wheel/hammer,dolly/welder to fix her up....
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    Here's the finished product with hitch. To make sure just how well it works, took the VW to the Jacksonville port to it's new home. Next on the agenda.....new front suspension parts, oh and some lowered spindles, and 3" blocks for the rear. Oh did I mention, new wheels and tires can't forget those.
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    good to see the progress u made on this truck man. keep up the great work. I love the color on that truck and that u painted the rear bumper black. I was wondering how u installed that tow hitch. when I got my truck many years ago it came w/ a tow ball but it was attached to the stock rear chrome bumper right by the lic. plate. I like ur tow hitch better, what is it attached to?
    if you can't dodge it, Ram it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ikeepzitclean View Post
    good to see the progress u made on this truck man. keep up the great work. I love the color on that truck and that u painted the rear bumper black. I was wondering how u installed that tow hitch. when I got my truck many years ago it came w/ a tow ball but it was attached to the stock rear chrome bumper right by the lic. plate. I like ur tow hitch better, what is it attached to?
    It's mounted to the frame, you can mount it with a bumper or without. I looked for a while when looking for one. Here's the best deal and now looks like it's on clearance. http://www.hitchweb.com/product/88/7...Mighty-Max-SPX

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    my dads 88 spacecab had that hitch on it for years - it ended up being the rear crossmember of sorts when the spare tire carrier rotted so bad you could have pulled it off the truck without much effort.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meandmit View Post
    It's mounted to the frame, you can mount it with a bumper or without. I looked for a while when looking for one. Here's the best deal and now looks like it's on clearance. http://www.hitchweb.com/product/88/7...Mighty-Max-SPX
    oh i see.. i figured it wouldn't be cheap. lol however, is it bad to keep the "trailer ball" the way it is mounted on the OEM bumper now? its been on there like that for as long as I can remember and the bumper had a pre-drilled hole in there for it.

    Quote Originally Posted by pennyman1 View Post
    my dads 88 spacecab had that hitch on it for years - it ended up being the rear crossmember of sorts when the spare tire carrier rotted so bad you could have pulled it off the truck without much effort.
    mother nature is responsible for that truck mod. lol

    hopefully I get lucky at the JY one of these weeks and come across one. are these hitches pretty universal?
    if you can't dodge it, Ram it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ikeepzitclean View Post
    oh i see.. i figured it wouldn't be cheap. lol however, is it bad to keep the "trailer ball" the way it is mounted on the OEM bumper now? its been on there like that for as long as I can remember and the bumper had a pre-drilled hole in there for it.



    mother nature is responsible for that truck mod. lol

    hopefully I get lucky at the JY one of these weeks and come across one. are these hitches pretty universal?
    a bumper hitch has it's limits, it won't pull much, and at the jy as long as it's a Mighty Max/D 50 and 2nd generation you should be good

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    Quote Originally Posted by meandmit View Post
    a bumper hitch has it's limits, it won't pull much, and at the jy as long as it's a Mighty Max/D 50 and 2nd generation you should be good
    true.. but the bumper itself is pretty thick steel and is mounted to the back of the frame via brackets same way the trailer hitch is. however, for the hitch u got on ur truck, are the brackets (via which the hitch is mounted to the frame) significantly thicker or about the same as the brackets from the stock steel bumper?
    if you can't dodge it, Ram it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ikeepzitclean View Post
    true.. but the bumper itself is pretty thick steel and is mounted to the back of the frame via brackets same way the trailer hitch is. however, for the hitch u got on ur truck, are the brackets (via which the hitch is mounted to the frame) significantly thicker or about the same as the brackets from the stock steel bumper?
    There thicker, it also bolts to the side of the bumper brackets, all kind of hooked together

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    ah ok.. sounds like the aftermarket tow hitch is more heavy duty than stock bumper. me and camoit were discussing this last night and we kinda guessed it by lookin at the pic on their site, but u confirmed it did u get yours off that same website u showed me yesterday? and approx. how much did it run u?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ikeepzitclean View Post
    ah ok.. sounds like the aftermarket tow hitch is more heavy duty than stock bumper. me and camoit were discussing this last night and we kinda guessed it by lookin at the pic on their site, but u confirmed it did u get yours off that same website u showed me yesterday? and approx. how much did it run u?
    Yes I got it off that site, only 2 web sites carry it, this one has free shipping (see upper right hand corner of web site) so the $135.55 is to your front door. You can look at the installation instructions on the same page, shows how it bolts up with or without bumper

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    fasho.. sounds good. yeah the install is pretty straight forward from what I read and seen on they site. btw, i like da way the rear bumper looks in black..what grit did u use to sand down the chrome bumper to paint it. i assume it was originally chrome finish.
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    those bumpers came black or chrome and are a universal facebar with different mounting brackets. They were also used om the toyotas and nissans around the same age. There are a set of 2nd gen brackets on ebay right now for that bumper - just need the face bar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ikeepzitclean View Post
    fasho.. sounds good. yeah the install is pretty straight forward from what I read and seen on they site. btw, i like da way the rear bumper looks in black..what grit did u use to sand down the chrome bumper to paint it. i assume it was originally chrome finish.
    Nope...it was black, it came off like a 88' or 89' model 1 ton Mighty Max

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    Quote Originally Posted by pennyman1 View Post
    those bumpers came black or chrome and are a universal facebar with different mounting brackets. They were also used om the toyotas and nissans around the same age. There are a set of 2nd gen brackets on ebay right now for that bumper - just need the face bar.
    really? thats news to me.. I have a chrome one on there now. but mine looks a bit thicker. weird...

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    Nope...it was black, it came off like a 88' or 89' model 1 ton Mighty Max
    I dont think I've ever seen a black on in person. 99% of the ones I did notice were chrome.
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    if you can't dodge it, Ram it!

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    Im just gonna add a tube bumper to the rear

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    use self etching primer on the chrome after you scuff the chrome with a red scotchbrite pad, then paint it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pennyman1 View Post
    use self etching primer on the chrome after you scuff the chrome with a red scotchbrite pad, then paint it.
    thanks man. i appreciate the tip. wet or dry? so no sand paper required then huh.. is there a specific brand of self etching primer that u've used or would something like dupli-color work ? I just want the paint to stick and not chip or react and bubble up.
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    Dry for the scotchbrite - duplicolor self etch should work. Trucks and Musclecar on Spike have used it on chrome with good results.
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    thanks for the help pennyman

    meandmit, my fault didnt mean to hijack ur thread..just trying to see how I can make my bumper like yours, looks better in black as opposed to chrome. lol
    if you can't dodge it, Ram it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ikeepzitclean View Post
    thanks for the help pennyman

    meandmit, my fault didnt mean to hijack ur thread..just trying to see how I can make my bumper like yours, looks better in black as opposed to chrome. lol
    No problem....all activity is good

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    fasho.. u got any plans for this truck besides what u did so far?
    if you can't dodge it, Ram it!

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