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Maybe I was wrong about the hitch being welded to the frame but then why would they use a plasma cutter to cut my frame from about the three feet to the end on both sides at an 30 degree angel.

I appreciate the advise. Because today I went to the shop that did the cutting with the intentions of getting answers the wrong way. What had stopped me in the parking lot was the fact that I didnt bring the inspection from my mechanic, the pics or any of the stuff that I need to prove my point. However now that I have it all together I will proceed to the nearest hitch store or installer and ask them about taking a look at it and advising me on what I can do to get it fixed.  I do know that Caliber Collision will not be performing any kind of insurance work on my vehicles ever again. HUH and to think that they did good work and are very reputable across the U.S. really amazes me. Bt maybe it was the Progressive Ins. way who know? All I know is that it going to get FIXED and I thank you for your knowledge and the time that you spent in responding to my post. 
By no means an expert on that specific truck but... that sounds weird to me. I have never seen a factory tow package on a Dodge that was welded to the frame but perhaps it was? If so it explains a lot of the damage. Still, they should have welded up the cuts. That is pretty standard.

As for the holes. It may have been that the shop was going to install "brand A" hitch that they install all the time and did the prep work for that but "brand X" is the one that showed up from their supplier and they do not install the same way. That happens a lot and is why you wait until the part gets there to start the install. It can be patched and made strong again.

The good news... it can be fixed. Find a small trailer hitch shop and take it there. Then you have two options. Have them fix it for a couple hundred bucks or have them document all the problems and then take it back to the big guys and make them fix it.

I can't wait to see the pics. I'll post back when I have had a chance to take a look.


Autobody repair shops sometimes give the illusion of great confidence in their finished product.. HA hA HA  :toothy10: :mblah05:
My Ram was in a shop to be repaired. Not going to mention the shops name as they are a nationaly recognized collision repair specialists :thefinger:... Whatever.
Back to the frame game. When removing an original piece of equipment from the frame (ie. tow hitch assembly), is there any possible explanation for cutting the last 2 1/2 feet of the frame or drilling holes the size of a half dollar coins into it. Is this standard practice? Another thing that has got me baffled is the fact that I cant find anything on the internet about the specs on the frame or regulations concerning the inspection of the frame. Or what you can and cannot do to a frame. Also does the factory installed tow package come bolted and welded to the frame? Or does anyone know? This so called repair specialist drilled holes into the rail of my frame to attach the new tow hitch, however these new holes did not line up with anything on the new hitch.
I just wanted to get some info from people who might know about these types of things. I however am not the smartest person in the world but I do know whats right and wrong, and I am pretty sure that My Dodge Ram 2500 v-10 was brutally victimized by this repair shop.
Pictures are to follow this post. I am detailing the pics so that everyone knows what they are looking at.   THANKS
'72-'93 Dodge Full-Size 4x4's / Re: Ramcharger pump/sending unit
« Last post by GusKer on May 08, 2017, 01:23:40 AM »
if all else fales try marine tex, i've patched rads and battiers with it

Where can I get some marine tex?
Trail Trucks / Re: 1977 Dodge Ram Charger 4x4 440... (Hiltman)
« Last post by hilton8r on January 18, 2017, 02:08:57 AM »
We need some pics of your progress too, or send your Front D60 to me so I can finish my axle swap on my RC  ;D. Snap a few shots and put em up and you get comments and get inspirated of all the positive response you get and just want to get everything done. Nice project btw, even without pics  ;).


My RC has been sitting in my driveway for so long, I'm willing to bet it will show up if you look up my address on google maps!

Dude! I just checked... and my ZJ is sitting right next to the RC...   :icon_cheers:

Going camping/wheeling in April. So project dana 60 is under way.  :icon_rr:

'72-'93 Dodge Full-Size 4x4's / Re: My 80 RC project
« Last post by hilton8r on January 18, 2017, 01:56:59 AM »
I'm still alive! All I do is work. No time for playing around lately.

I tore down my front dana 60 over the weekend. I'm researching to make a decision on whether to go crossover, high steer, or both. I'm leaning towards crossover. I will probably replace the kingpins, and a puck in place of the kingpin springs. Before I go much further, I want to measure center to center to be sure spring perches line up. I think they will, but I'd hate to build it, and then find out it's not the same. I can't afford to screw up that much with Bill so far away!  :sign10:

Well I will post pics as soon as I get the Ramcharger project moving along probably in the fall . I'm going to do a custom dash I think so I can retain the roll cage and it's just going to be a beach cruiser / mild trail rig . The body is way to nice to beat it up on rocks and in mud . I can find plenty of beater RC 's around here for that .
'72-'93 Dodge Full-Size 4x4's / Re: My 80 RC project
« Last post by Sten on September 04, 2016, 03:21:38 AM »
It been a long time since last update. My 1 ton axles still waiting but getting closer to getting them in  under my RC. My welds on my rear 9.25 have hold great with no problem at all but I know that bouth the front D44 and the rear are too tiny for me. I have been collecting for parts but nothing is easy over here, you think you found something and when getting there it's still the wrong part but have been fabbing lot of parts that are waiting to be bolted on. The park brake looks like a worm can for the moment as it's a must for the car inspection over here even if I don't need one. I put up a TC home built one when I get time, It's  gonna be a disc brake conversion of some sort, got te disc and a possible caliper for it and it's just some work and brain issues as I have it to pass the inspection too and that's the hard part. But I'm getting closer... /Sten
'72-'93 Dodge Full-Size 4x4's / Re: 1974 W200 disc brake conversion question
« Last post by Sten on September 04, 2016, 03:01:43 AM »
Hi! Interesting truck you have there, a -64 four door. Never seen one in my life but I sit on the opposit side of mother earth too. Have any pics of your four door truck? Would be nice to get a look of those older Dodges as around here we found most from the 70s a and up. Greetings from Finland, /Sten
Hi there.
Nice project you found. That was one of my favorite buildups back then as it was on the buildup but was closed down before it was ready. Have been looking around on the net if I could find anything of it but no. Then I reading this that you saved this truck, that was great that it found it's way to nice home, most of our project end up in scrapyards but not this one ...what are you planning to build of the RC ...street truck, rock crawler... ? A few pics of your project would be great too.  /Sten
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