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Unread 01-18-2004, 03:27 PM   #1
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Shackle Reciever

I was using a standard trailer hitch, minus the ball to hold my 7/8" pin-shackle in place .. used it like that to tug and be tugged for a long time.

Working at the CNC machine shop allowed me to "sketch" in auto-cad a few different ideas .. print them out in 1:1 scale and trim the paper to test-fit and check.

I took a screen shot of my computer at work with a dimension'd drawing for you all to see what I started with.

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Unread 01-18-2004, 03:38 PM   #2
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After I finished drawing the idea into my computer, I then sent the information to the laser at work and cut the drawing out in 3/4" mild steel plate.

I then grabbed a piece of 2" square pipe (the standard stuff used to make hitches) and drilled a 5/8" hole straight through it. I then slipped the pipe into my 2" receiver on my Jeep to make sure that the holes lined up properly.

I then split the pipe down the seam'd side to take advantage of the full 2-inch height of the 3/4" plate.

Once the standard 5/8" hitch-pin was able to be held through the three holes properly, I used it as a centering point to start my welding.

I fill-welded the entire top of the 3/4" plate to the 2" pipe and ground it down nice and smooth. After test fitting the whole unit in my 2" reciever on the Jeep, I then took a 220vac stick welder, cranked up the amperage and burned stick into the side of the 3/4" plate until I had fill-welded the entire 5/16" gap that was showing on either side.

I then turned the welder onto the inside of the unit and burned stick on as much of the inside as possible for a little more strength.

Once that was all done, I ground the fill-welded section nice and smooth, ran the belt-sander over the whole unit till it was nice and shiney again.

A little bit of primer and gloss-black paint and it was ready to try out.
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Unread 01-18-2004, 03:41 PM   #3
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The final test was to tow the fork-lift at work out of the ice and snow. It is well over 11,000lbs worth of solid steel, giant battery packs and hydrolics.

This final picture shows the pieces all together that tugged the fork-lift out of trouble .. not much to the pieces seperately, but together they are a strong unit!
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Unread 11-15-2008, 08:41 PM   #4
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Head out to a store that is close 2 u (say Walmart) and get a standard hitch....cut the part off that holds the ball....stop and purchase a large d-ring (probably farm sized -say-) and drill your hole....put in a grd 8 bolt...paint if u choose....done

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Unread 11-15-2008, 08:50 PM   #5
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U dont have to use the smaller 5/8 or 3/4....U can get huge ones that will fit....

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You realize this thread is almost 5 years old right?????
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Unread 11-16-2008, 02:17 AM   #7
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No actually I did'nt even look....Dope!


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