1. Welcome to PlowSite. Notice a fresh look and new features? It’s now easier to share photos and videos, find popular topics fast, and enjoy expanded user profiles. If you have any questions, click HELP at the top or bottom of any page, or send an email to help@plowsite.com. We welcome your feedback.

    Dismiss Notice

another chevy frame crack/rot

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by mule585, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. mule585

    mule585 Member
    Messages: 74

    has any one had this happen or have an idea for the best fix. truck is a '98 chevy k2500. this is the driver and passenger side of the front crossmember. i know other areas of the chevy frame is common to have these problems but this is a spot i haven't seen much discussion about.

    IMAG0640.jpg

    IMAG0642.jpg
     
  2. BOSS LAWN

    BOSS LAWN Senior Member
    Messages: 497

    I have a spot under my driver side, right on the frame. Been getting worse with the snow we're getting. Any ideas on how to fix this out?
     
  3. NICHOLS LANDSCA

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,310

    What snow have you been getting:dizzy: We've had what 5 plowable this year??
     
  4. Joe D

    Joe D Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    I just went through this with a plow truck my mother owns, 97 K2500. She ended up selling it off cheap to a guy who said he could fix it. It was in worse condition than the one you posted.
     
  5. BOSS LAWN

    BOSS LAWN Senior Member
    Messages: 497

    Good point, I meant to say with all the salt the county has been wasting away. Thumbs Up
     
  6. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando Senior Member
    Messages: 567

    That's one reason why I'd never plow with chevy weak frames...!
     
  7. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,797

    That looks like an odd spot to crack. Can you tell if it was welded properly (penetrated)from the factory?
     
  8. NICHOLS LANDSCA

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,310

    It's not a crack it's rusted
     
  9. cubicinches

    cubicinches PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,412

    Exactly.... Or at least they're cracks that began due to rust.

    I've had two of them repaired over the years. I had a '94 K3500 rust and crack like that a few years back. I had a good welding shop fit some nice plates which went a ways back on the frame rails, and covered right over the holes/cracks. They welded them right to the plow frame, and to the truck frame as well. We used that truck for 3-4 years after the repair.

    Just this past fall, we found the same condition on the oldest truck in my fleet, '98 GMC K3500. I had a guy repair it the same way as my '94 was done. Been running it all season without issue. Due to other issues, It will be the last year for that truck anyway.

    Should be able to have it repaired, and get a couple more years out of it. The two trucks that I had repaired only had a couple more years left in them once they got to that point anyway.
     
  10. mule585

    mule585 Member
    Messages: 74

    the factory weld has rotted out. In november when i put the mount on for the first time was when i noticed it. the rot was only an inch in from the front and was just the weld nothing else. with all the salt and no snow has made it 100 times worse. the plow hasnt been on much this year. the crossmember is still solid just the weld and up has rotted. im thinking c channel on the inside and plate the out side. what do you guys think?
     
  11. CityGuy

    CityGuy PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 16,992

    I'm not an expert isen't this where the gusset plates come into play?
     
  12. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    That sure is helpful! Thumbs Up
     
  13. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando Senior Member
    Messages: 567

    You honestly believe this? Thats a thick spot to weaken let alone rust..
     
  14. cubicinches

    cubicinches PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,412

    I'm positive. I've had two of them do it. Look at the pics. It's rust, or it began as rust. Period.
     
  15. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando Senior Member
    Messages: 567

    Best part is I don't charge....