Thanks Jack & Dallas for post this photo of my one of my Sojourner projects. Jack took this picture while it at his place....I am 516 mile away at new home in SC. He did a favor (took photo) for me to further explain what I already done a few years ago….yes..it getting rusty…need to get it finish the rest of the project. In a few months (the Lord willing) it going to be move to Elloree, SC when I get it road ready to finish it.
FWIW here my version of repairing the rusted bumper support.
As mention in my earlier post # 13, I use scrap piece of 11 ga. SS. from a fabricator shop. Have it sheared to size. Hole saw the large hole using very slow rpm drill press using old used diesel engine oil for cutting. Also use square tubing for diagonal in between plates.
However the diagonal square tubing on my Sojourner is continue beyond the vertical frame to connect to new “belt-line” main frame. So in this photo it doesn’t show the rest of diagonal square tubing. But for a normal MCI version…a diagonal piece can be a narrow plate instead of square tubing.
About the hitch mounting….I cut a ½” thick mild steel plate to fit within the top engine chassis rail to bottom diagonal tube frame. Do the same for other side. Cut another identical ½” thick piece to weld on end of 10K pound production version hitch. The original truck production hitch was too long (or wide) to fit so I cut both ends to weld the “identical” plate with matching 4 holes drilled to fit onto ½” threaded holes. The rest of the hitch is already equips with the tongue that is perpendicular & added web plate to center of heavy main square production’s tubing. No needs of more reinforcement added because the production version is build to 10K spec and mounting same as high-end motor coach.
I brought a 10K hitch similar to this link:http://search.cartserver.com/search/search.cgi?cartid=s-4351&bool=AND&category=b_product&maxhits=1&keywords=dt2617&GO=GO%21
As you see it extra wide or long but cut to fit in between. Discard the end pieces. After the above quote of the modified work done….use class 8 bolts to mount. It can be remove to slide out the engine for major servicing.
Sojourn for Christ, Jerry