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post #1 of 7 Old 04-14-2019, 06:58 AM Thread Starter
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My right front leafspring is still just resting in a rusted out pocket in the top of the frame. I bought a front leaf spring hangers 1/4" steel. If I grind down the old rusted bracket and clean the frame will I have enough steel to weld it to. I asked a friend who welds and he said it would cost $800 to repair it and I wouldn't like it! So it plan on
Buying a cheap grinder and grinding down the old bracket flat with the frame. Then welding my feaf spring hander to the frame. I live in a apartment bldg. So 110ac off a long extension cord will have to run the welder to
weld the 1/4"steel bracket to the 1/8" steel box frame. What welder should it rent? Tig or mig? Or should I rent a gas engine powered welder. I know power is an issue. After welding the bracket I will use a come-along to pull the leafspring forward into the hanger bracket and slide the bolt in then prime and paint the whole job. What do you think? I also plan on getting some 1/8"steel plate to fill the holes of rust in the frame rail. I know I have to do something. Has anyone got a better idea? I know the rear hanger will break one day and the rear end will pass me on the highway! Not a position I wish to get in. Has anyone got a easier idea? Help gentlemen!!!!!!!!
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I am not so sure that you have anything there to weld to. You may need to go out a ways to get something solid. I really don't think you will get satisfactory performance with a 120v welder for that job.
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Does ANYONE know which welder in should rent to reinstall my new 1/4" steel rear , front leafspring hanger bracket? I know nothing about welding. HELP!!!!!!!
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Aircommuter kinda hit the nail on the head. not much there to work with. Having said that, any 110 welder is likely not going to be useful. TIG or MIG the key is weld penetration. I've welded with TIG for the most part. when my TIG broke down, I couldn't afford a new TIG so I started using my MIG 220V for everything big. I have a 110 MIG as well but for a frame, thick steel, I always use my 220v. Without weld penetration, you're not likely to get anything that will hold up. and on a suspension part, last thing you want to do is be going down the highway when it gives.

a long extension cord is also not going to help your cause. the voltage drop will not be a good thing for what you are attempting.

the fact you're asking what welder to rent, I'd have serious concerns on getting things done and be safe driving down the road. No offense but something like this, get someone who knows what they are doing before you hurt yourself or others on the road.
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You know nothing about welding and you plan on doing a job like this? I think your best plan of action is to find a donor vehicle you can cut out the whole area you need to replace then find someone with experience and the equipment to do the job. Although mig welding is fairly easy welding upside down for someone that has never done it is not wise.
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You know nothing about welding and you plan on doing a job like this? I think your best plan of action is to find a donor vehicle you can cut out the whole area you need to replace then find someone with experience and the equipment to do the job. Although mig welding is fairly easy welding upside down for someone that has never done it is not wise.
Greetings. I concur with Moparite. This is not a job one should attempt a low end budget or on the cheap. Im not saying you should spend a fortune you should hire or find someone who is competent and experienced in this type of repair. I opened your attachment several times just to see if I was getting it right. My suggestion would be a body shop that specializes in frame and suspension repairs.

Looking at the condition of the surrounding metal work my guess is the rest of the undercarriage is in pretty bad shape. No offense intended depending on the estimate of repairs you may want to consider retiring this vehicle. Not knowing your investment or your use of the truck it may not be worth repairing.

Let us know what you decide and good luck in your adventure!
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