Re: Tow hooks on 2000 2wd
Originally Posted by sheltonfilms
So the local Pull-a-part that has a truck with the cross-member won't allow torches into the lot. How long would a reciprocating saw take to cut this piece out? Also what blades?
The 4x4 bumper bracket/tow hook mount has a total of 10 welds holding it to the frame, 5 on each side. Cutting them all out takes some time. If the yard will let you cut the very front of the frame horns off instead, that should go quickly with a good bimetal steel-cutting blade. Then you could take the whole thing home and work on the welds in a vise at a comfortable height with whatever tools work best. I used a reciprocating saw and a variety of cutoff wheels to remove mine.
Before you go to all that trouble, be sure to take some measurements first. There are considerable differences between the 2WD and 4WD frames. I suspect that it would be possible to make the swap but a little checking in advance would save you time and money if it isn't.
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Last edited by rwenzing; 10-31-2010 at 06:42 PM.