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cracked frame.... fix or sell?

im so pissed! i just bought this truck for 3000$ and give the guy my old beater ford with 6.9 diesel for parts. dude totally lied to me about the truck. i knew it needed wiring work in the cab for the dash, parking break cable, tranny leaks alittle ect. yesterday i noticed a crack on the frame near the front shock mount! this morning i went to afew welders and no one will touch it dew to the liability... i have a buddy with a welder that will do it for free.... but i dont know if thats inspectible in vt or not. and or if the crack will get worse after its welded? other than that the truck runs and drives strong and has next to no rust. the rest is in my signature. should i fix it for sell it as is for parts? if i sell it what would i reasonably get for it so its fair for both partys? id part it out myself but i need a truck for work daily.... and dont have the cash for a 2nd truck... what do i do???


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Well if you want to keep the truck I recommend to remove as much of what ever is in the way for the best weld possible like the fender/inner fender, when you weld it drill a few 3/4 to 1" holes around it and at the end of the crack if possible, a plate on the inside of the frame and plug weld the plate to the frame, don't weld the plate at the ends and make sure the crack is v grooved almost to the other side and build it up as you go. The cleaner the weld the better strength. Hope this helps.

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yeah thats mostly my plan... im thinking about selling my chipper to maybe pay for a new truck. and use this thing for parts... i dont know. if i do end up having it welded the frame has 0 rust. i think the crack is from plowing snow. its going to be hard to patch it its under the shock mount. i would have to drill holes in the patch for the mount bolts then weld it.... this situation sucks...

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if it was mine i would drill out the pop rivits on the mount remove it weld the crack grind it smooth take a 1/4" plate around 4" by 4" drill holes to line up with the shock mount put it on the inside of the frame bolt it all togather then weld the plate to the inside of the frame that shock mount would now be stronger then any other shock mount on the truck

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fish plate it. grind the weld out and weld from both sides if possible, then cap the weld with a plate. make sure the plate doesn't have 4 corners, 45 them if possible. weld the plate all the way around.

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Frame cracks are not as big of a deal as you're making it seem. Just fix it.

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im having my 2 friends help me fix it. one is a welder and one is a mechanic. once i got the shock mount off i got a good look at the crack its not just a cracked frame its a broken frame. the crack was a hair from being cracked all the way through the frame. the other side has a hairline crack that i am going to patch up too. thanks for the advice! hope i get this all done soon so i can get back to work!

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Before you do a THING, find out what your Motor Vehicle Inspection people think about it.
Give them a theoretical situtation, say you want to buy a truck you're interested in, but it has this crack (take pics to them of the crack and general area).
Ask them what would be the proper way to fix it according to their standards.
You might also ask them the procedural red tape to rolling a replacement frame under it.

I had a guy from some website wanting to circumvent inspections in Maryland, where he shortened a frame, BEFORE he knew it wasn't allowed (possibly done incorrectly?), then tried to get me to sell him a VIN from a model year of vehicle that was exempt from inspections.
I absolutely positively will NOT do anything like that.

Cut and dried, know what you're getting into BEFORE you reach a point where Johnny Law wants to take it away.

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Can u post a pic so everyone can give there input on how bad it is ?

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