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Cross Plate bending done

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I took the frame and cross plates in to work last night and did the bending. It didn't come out too bad. The front was a little loose and the rear a little tight. I ground off a little to get the rear to fit and I'll straighten out the front a little to get the tight fit I want. Next step is the torch and drill, then I can mount the BGB to locate the frame end holes in the side plates.

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Here is the BGB dry fit to the cross plates. In an effort to keep things as tight as possible I underdrilled the bolt holes and am hand filing them to just fit the bolts. The upper right one is just a hair off location, but there won't be any room for anything to shift around should the bolts work a little loose. The yoke has clearance but the set screw(that white dot) looks like a tight fit access wise. I may relieve a groove for the Allen wrench if it's too hard to get to. The side plates (still tacked to the originals) are shown clamped to the frame in aproximate position. I will need to bend them on a line that splits the frame to original side plate gap. That should proove interesting since the side plates are parallel and the frame sides are not. The original plates will be installed inboard of the support plates, opposite of how they are shown here.

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Well now, look what we have here...... I bent the side plates, coming fairly close to the mark. The gap between my side plates and the BGB isn't a problem, since the original plates will be inboard of the support plates. Here is a side view showing about where the bolts will be. They will go through the side plate, frame and cross plate. The lower right bolt will be the rear attachment bolt for the running board, using an existing hole. I decided not to try making the offset bend in the 3/16" plate used for this project. Instead I cut off the end of the side plate that goes over the lift mounting points and will cut and bend a small section of plate to weld on. This is easier to do since the thickness of the plate is almost exactly the same as the offset. I can pre-drill the bolt holes, bolt it up, and tack weld it in place to assure proper alignment.

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I'll link the other parts of the story. http://www.simpletractors.com/club2/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=7096 http://www.simpletractors.com/club2/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=7600 http://www.simpletractors.com/club2/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=8527 http://www.simpletractors.com/club2/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=9147

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Here is the small plate bent to fit the offset for the lift mount points. I will try to get things all fit up this weekend. If that goes well I will weld it up and tack the nuts onto the cross plates. Dare I hope to get to the sanding, priming and painting???

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