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Old 05-15-2021, 08:11 AM   #241
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Very slow progress, to many other projects ..the unimog is coming along and trying to get our electric pickup truck on the road..

Have been putting with this 15000lbs hitch from an f250 super duty.
Took the back bumper and a piece of extension chassis to be able to mount it. A challenge was to allow the oversize tire 255/85R16 or soon to be 265/70r19.5 under the bus in between the hitch and the fuel tank.
Still have to try the 265/70r19.5 but all looks well..the original hitch had to be modified but it all worked out. Next is the holes, difficult access so I think about using the plasma cutter to burn them in.
I wanted the hitch high integrated in the original bumper. had to cut some in the bumper. It stick out about 5" .feels like a decent step up to get in the back.
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Old 05-16-2021, 09:17 AM   #242
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That is definitely pretty cool. I have bottomed out multiple times with my hitch and really hate it. Way to use your noodle, and talents, to put this one in the bumper!
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Old 05-22-2021, 07:40 PM   #243
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Finally I got my hitch welded up, then I thought that I should make a 1 gallon air tank out of the main tube. Square tube is not the best for pressure vessels but 1/4" wall steel is pretty stout. So I welded endcaps and drilled and tapped 1/8 npt holes .
I am using a 12 v air compressor from a Lincoln air suspension and that pumps it to 120 psi. Slow but good for my air springs and emergencies.

Tomorrow one more leak test and then I can button this hitch / bumper project up.
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Old 05-23-2021, 03:10 PM   #244
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Passed the leak test, that is no leaks. Nice to put it all back together after the upgrades.
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Old 05-23-2021, 03:52 PM   #245
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Congrats. Well done��
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Old 05-23-2021, 03:58 PM   #246
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Thanks, I needed to see some progress, finally...
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Old 05-23-2021, 08:58 PM   #247
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I am feeling the same. Life has had me jumping a bunch of different directions. Cant wait to get back in the saddle and see some progress myself. However, that does not minimize how impressed i always am with the chalenges you take on and the progress you make. Keep on keepin on!!!
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Old 05-23-2021, 09:30 PM   #248
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Very good looking hitch tucked up behind the bumper! I also love the idea of creating an air tank from something like the tubing from your hitch! Good work!
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