Re: Broken Frame Rail- Any ideas what to do?
If everthing is straight I would unbolt the peice of frame and clean them up to bare metal put it all back together and weld it up. That is if you have access to a welder and its big enough to do the job. If your still worried about it you can weld peices on the top and bottem of the "C" to make it even stronger. And if you have enough room you could even box the frame in. The most important thing with any frame fix is to not get the frame too hot, but hot enough to get good penatration. You said it looks like they used a torch to remove the peice of frame, thats not the best way to cut a frame you want to reuse, when you heat them up you take the strength out of them. I think youll be ok, if it were mine I would try it and see how it turns out. Changing a frame is a pain in the arse!!! If your going to put a winch on while you have the welder out I would weld a support between the front of the frame rails to help keep it from buckling or get a front mount receiver. I did this on my truck just as a precaution. Just my two cents!!!