Sunday, March 8, 2015

Just What I Needed!


I have made progress on my house makeover, but have been very lax about taking photos to share...so here is a project I've been hoping to get done for a long while..and just in time so I clean up the pine limbs that fell in the ice and snow storms..(Hooray, ain't I lucky) .ALL my neighbors have had their chain saws running this weekend so Im behind--Before I sold my wooded acreage I used to just drag my limbs into the woods and let nature takes its course... and enrich the soil...but now I have to take them to the dump...  my son still has the Blazer...I normally use it to haul my utility trailer...

                     SO I ordered from Curt, a hitch to fit the Dixxleand Express...aka my van
it's a class III hitch...photo from online..

It arrived the day of the ice storm actually so it sat on the porch for like 2 weeks waiting for the weather to dry up before I could even see if it was the correct size ---had my fingers crossed...
I opened up the hardware pack and the screws were NOT the right size...Dang--
I found an old bolt in my many coffee cans of accumulated "this n that's" that did fit so went to Lowe's and got 6 of those...(7/16"-14  2 inches long) Turns out my van had threaded holes already in place...

I measured to see if the holes would line up and YEA got the right hitch. SO first things first...rip the box up so I can lay on it!

                  

Next get out my tool kit and find the right socket to fit 


GOT BRICKS? Well I have some old ones laying around so I got a wheel barrow of bricks! The hitch was not any heavier than a big bag of dog food but there is no way I can bench press 42 lbs...So I kept stacking bricks on each end and raising it 4 inches at a time till I had it high enough..


I sprayed the mounting holes with a copious amount of WD 40 prior to trying the new bolts since there was a lot of rust in there.  I needed the ratchet extension in order to get clearance to tighten the bolt...see that shadow?  That means finally a sunny DAY!  Here it is all lined up...3 holes each side.


Then the bolts go in one at a time and I have learned best when doing something like this don't tighten all the way up till every bolt has been started and is turned a few threads...in case you have to jiggle it to make all line up..then tighten...this is where I had to rest many times whew...but I had all day--and the sun was shining!


Here it is attached!


and here is the drop down ball thingy, I already had this part you buy it separately


And I sold the hardware & instructions that came with the hitch that didn't fit on Ebay!


its on the way to make someone else's life better!


PEACE
Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.

8 comments:

  1. Good Job Once Again. do you have a little wagon to pull behind now. I bet you do or you wouldn't have bought the tow bar.

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    1. Yep I have an 8 ft utility trailer I use to haul yard debirs and my riding mower when it needs to go in for service...

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  2. Great job. Your ingenuity with regards to the bricks sounds like something I would do. lol

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    1. I always say use what you have, I have old bricks here and there so it worked out great!! Today is the maiden voyage with this hitch...

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  3. That's great that the van already had the holes. I can see that a hitch to pull a utility trailer would be handy.

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  4. You go girl! That's awesome. Woo hoo!!!

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  5. You go girl! That's awesome. Woo hoo!!!

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