Re: New Short Bus
If i didn't have a new crossmember i would remove it, clean it and rebuild it. If it is plated on top and bottom, with flat bar on the sides, (or maybe channel cut correctly) it should again work as it first did.
You should determine why it cracked in the first place. But, maybe the drivers were baha'ing the thing.
I would guess that if it was rebuilt with long pieces of metal top and bottom, etc., that it would last far longer than the original, since it is just a metal stamping that was incorrectly engineered for the application.
It also looks like you can put heavy wall angle on the sides for a bit.
Since the mount is right there, putting a piece of flat bar on top and bottom might require some holes drilled or flame cut in the right place.
And, if it were me, i would probably just build me a new crossmember out of heavy wall channel..
Hope this helps.
Jesus Christ... Conversion in progress.