OHSCrifle
OHSCrifle Dork
5/5/18 3:13 p.m.

While refreshing the ratty Tundra - one challenge I have is the rear bumper that had been hit.

I pulled it off and found the hitch carrier/bumper mount twisted up a bit. It isn't torn so I think I can bend it back into shape.. but I'm wondering if the steel should be heated or is it okay to just clamp bang pull?


 

And in case anybody needs to know why a Georgia fly-and-drive is a good option for rust belt residents, here's a couple gratuitous underbody shots of a 12 year old truck from Georgia. This is one of the trucks on which Toyota is paying dearly to replace frames.

Dusterbd13
Dusterbd13 MegaDork
5/5/18 3:18 p.m.

I would clamp and beat. Dont overthink it. 

Id also see if you can buy the brackets. Theyre a bolt on on my truck (chevy) and cheap on ebay.

OHSCrifle
OHSCrifle Dork
5/5/18 5:08 p.m.

In reply to Dusterbd13 :

Makes sense. I will lookup the part, too.

Dusterbd13
Dusterbd13 MegaDork
5/5/18 6:33 p.m.
OHSCrifle
OHSCrifle Dork
5/5/18 8:00 p.m.

That's not it. The entire rear horizontal hitch assembly is one piece. Part #4 in this diagram

OHSCrifle
OHSCrifle Dork
5/6/18 8:12 p.m.

Thanks for your input on this Michael. I used a crowbar get started, then a 20 oz hammer + sledge hammer as a portable anvil. That made quick work of the bracket straightening.

Dusterbd13
Dusterbd13 MegaDork
5/6/18 9:25 p.m.

Awesome. 

And a whole lot cheaper!

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