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#575309 - July 22nd 2012 12:35 pm Hitch Question
XQJ_37 Offline
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Registered: February 15th 2011 7:45 am
Posts: 99
Loc: Colorado Rocky Mtn High
I pulled a hitch off a 93 Vandura G20 and was going to have it welded to my 77 G20. Is this a bad idea? I want to purchase one of those cargo carriers to the back and need a hitch to do it. Any one know if this would or would not work for any reason?

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#575313 - July 22nd 2012 12:49 pm Re: Hitch Question [Re: XQJ_37]
SaabGuy Offline
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Registered: April 12th 2012 8:32 pm
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Loc: Liberty, IN
If it will fit I would try to bolt it on first. Might make it hard to drop the fuel tank if it is welded. Got to keep it so you can fix it when it breaks.
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#575323 - July 22nd 2012 1:53 pm Re: Hitch Question [Re: XQJ_37]
draggnastro Offline
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Registered: May 09th 2006 12:00 pm
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Loc: Springfield, Illinois
theres no need to weld it on, the bolts and hardware that come with it are more than capable of holding that hitch inplace for anything you want to do with it
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#575326 - July 22nd 2012 2:16 pm Re: Hitch Question [Re: XQJ_37]
Lordmodelbuilder Offline

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Registered: February 24th 2001 12:00 pm
Posts: 3051
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A hitch from a 93 G-van will not work on a 77 G-van without some modification. Bolted on will work, just have to make sure it's done correctly. Brad

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#575340 - July 22nd 2012 3:33 pm Re: Hitch Question [Re: Lordmodelbuilder]
XQJ_37 Offline
journeyman

Registered: February 15th 2011 7:45 am
Posts: 99
Loc: Colorado Rocky Mtn High
Yeah, the 93 had the holes in the frame with threads, so the bolts that mounted easily. The 77 has holes w/o threading and it would mean that I would need to cut a hole/ square out of the side of the frame itself to be able to get a nut on the bolt. That wouldnt compromise the intergety of the frame right?

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#575481 - July 23rd 2012 8:27 am Re: Hitch Question [Re: XQJ_37]
Bullet Offline
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Registered: September 10th 2009 9:14 pm
Posts: 1016
Loc: Bristol, TN
They make nuts with a long flat piece of metal that is easily bendable to slip inside the frame and place at the holes in the frame. Weldingis a bad idea unless you are an accomplished welder, overheating of the weld can lead to cracks in the frame plus you are welding around a gas tank. Find the right hardware, bolt it on. Just my 2
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#575493 - July 23rd 2012 9:12 am Re: Hitch Question [Re: XQJ_37]
XQJ_37 Offline
journeyman

Registered: February 15th 2011 7:45 am
Posts: 99
Loc: Colorado Rocky Mtn High
I know...welding around the gas tank sounds like a bad idea.
I have it at a mechanic, so I am hoping he will be able to attach this thing correctly.

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#575539 - July 23rd 2012 3:49 pm Re: Hitch Question [Re: XQJ_37]
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Registered: November 14th 2002 12:00 pm
Posts: 1222
Loc: Morris Plains, NJ USA
Do what Bullet said and use this kit, I did this with my 77 and it worked great. I had to make a custom hitch but this is how I mounted it to the frame. Your 93 hitch will hang a little lower than the 77 hitch would but you will have a tough time finding a hitch for our 77's. The real issue will be if its a class 3 the mounts that go to the bumper won't line up correctly because of the bumper difference from 77 to 78 (your 93) Trailer hitch mounting hardware.


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#575655 - July 24th 2012 10:38 am Re: Hitch Question [Re: Munz]
XQJ_37 Offline
journeyman

Registered: February 15th 2011 7:45 am
Posts: 99
Loc: Colorado Rocky Mtn High
Originally Posted By: Munz
Do what Bullet said and use this kit, I did this with my 77 and it worked great. I had to make a custom hitch but this is how I mounted it to the frame. Your 93 hitch will hang a little lower than the 77 hitch would but you will have a tough time finding a hitch for our 77's. The real issue will be if its a class 3 the mounts that go to the bumper won't line up correctly because of the bumper difference from 77 to 78 (your 93) Trailer hitch mounting hardware.


Thanks for the link. My thought behind all this was to pull a hitch at the junkyard (the 93) and slap it on the 77. I am under time constrants and have to take it to a body shop. I dont know what class the hitch is, unfortunately, but the mechanic should and then I am assuming that he would attach it properly.

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#575658 - July 24th 2012 10:44 am Re: Hitch Question [Re: XQJ_37]
XQJ_37 Offline
journeyman

Registered: February 15th 2011 7:45 am
Posts: 99
Loc: Colorado Rocky Mtn High
I am going to get a Draw Tite cargo carrier. Found a good deal on a used one that is rated to 500lbs. Again, nnot sure on hitch class, but I assume that the hitch will be put on and that it can handle a loaded carrier. On the other hand though, I also cant help be see it dropping on the highway when I doing 80 and causing a horrble accident.

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