I just bought a 1989 Ford Ranger 2WD for $250. Runs perfect, but there
is major frame rust (rust-out) at the front driver side rear spring
mount. The mount that attaches to the frame is holding only at one
side, and there is a big hole on the side of the frame right behind the
mount---the rest of the truck is fine, and I want to take off the box
and repair the frame and spring mount---any suggestions? Thanks again
for your help. Fred
I have seen and repaired many Rangers with rusted spring mounts. I've never
actual frame rusted through. The spring mount problem is very common here in NE
I guess that you could have the damaged area plated if you really wanted to go
far. You will find that all 4 spring mounts will need to be replaced along with
shackles and some of the through bolts. The mounts etc, are available from Ford.
$200 will get it all. It usually doesn't end there, though.
With the box off, you'll also see how badly rusted the steel brake lines are,
with the tubes on the fuel sender. (and how easy they are to access). You really
to consider if you really want to open this particular can of worms on a $250
Vertical? Horizontal? I'm not following you. For the sake of explanation, the
part (vertical) that the spring mount bolts to is the web, the top and bottom
(horixontal) are the flanges.
If the web is rusted through, It can be plated on both sides with steel plate
redrilled for the spring mount.
If the flange is rusted, you may be able to plate it the same way. I was
to NEVER weld or drill on the flange of a frame. This was in reference to OTR
though so take that for what you feel it's worth.
You really need to have a welding shop look at it to see if the damage is
repairable. Pull the box first so they (and you) can get a god look at all of
If you have rust all the way through on both the web and flange of the
C-channel frame, you need to replace that frame buddy. I would have a
salvage yard cut a solid truck frame in half, and weld it to your truck.
Many body shops can do a partial frame replacement without deteriorating the
integrity of the frame itself. Just make sure you take it to a good body
shop. Granted you will have to swap over all of the stuff from the rear
portion of your current frame to the new one, but in the long run, it will
probably be easier and safer than spot patching a bad frame.
I will say in the workshop manuals for FORD, that they dont recommend
replacing any part of the frame in front of the first rear crossmember, or
behind the first front crossmember as this will possibly impact crash safety
for the vehicle... Only authorized repairs ford will make to a damaged frame
is straigtening a bent frame and replacing frame horns, but they wont weld
on anything in between the wheels.
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