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post #16 of 19 Old 01-17-2019, 03:13 PM
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Re: Trailer Hitch Painting Advice Needed

After the clean-up of the part, use Metal Prep and dry well after you wash it off. Using that product, the paint will adhere better and it neutralizes the rust activity.

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post #17 of 19 Old 05-11-2019, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Trailer Hitch Painting Advice Needed

Haven't had a need for the tow hitch for a while, but will be getting some firewood soon, so I took the time to install this today.

I followed Robert's (and my own) advice, and just left the new one alone. There's really very little rust on it, in fact, much less than the frame of my truck that I just installed it onto...

Other than the Lincoln logo on the hitch cover, it looks great!

This came with a 7-wire connector, which I'll probably never use. I left it in place but unplugged (covered the truck connector end with a plastic bag and left it tucked behind the bumper cover).

Pretty easy job, other than fighting some of the bolts, both off and then back on. The old bumper/hitch was in such bad shape that it was crumbling in my hands. Had to use a sledgehammer to break the rust bond between it and the frame of the truck.

Pics of the old and new bumper/hitches below. I forgot to take pics until the job was done, so I don't have any of the whole new-to-me steel bumper.

Mike
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TRACTORS:
2005 Craftsman GS6500 (2010 Kohler Courage): JB Jr, electric sleeve hitch
2003 Husqvarna GTH2548 (2014 Briggs Intek): Craftsman 46-inch snowblower

OTHER (NOTABLE) EQUIPMENT:
2013 Honda HS1332TAS tracked snowblower
American CLS 40TC24-200 Logsplitter (2019 Predator 301)
1997 Troy Bilt Horse PTO: tiller, chipper/shredder
Stihl Kombi KM130R: string trimmer, mini cultivator, bed edger, pole saw
Echo PB751T backpack blower
Husqvarna 350 chainsaw

RETIRED TRACTORS:
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2003 Craftsman DLT3000 (all burned up)
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post #18 of 19 Old 05-12-2019, 09:51 AM
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Re: Trailer Hitch Painting Advice Needed

Adds new meaning to the term corrosion. (looks more like termites also got involved)
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post #19 of 19 Old 05-12-2019, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Trailer Hitch Painting Advice Needed

No kidding. I couldn't believe how light it was when I pulled it off. Felt like it was made of aluminum.

The new one is significantly heavier.

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TRACTORS:
2005 Craftsman GS6500 (2010 Kohler Courage): JB Jr, electric sleeve hitch
2003 Husqvarna GTH2548 (2014 Briggs Intek): Craftsman 46-inch snowblower

OTHER (NOTABLE) EQUIPMENT:
2013 Honda HS1332TAS tracked snowblower
American CLS 40TC24-200 Logsplitter (2019 Predator 301)
1997 Troy Bilt Horse PTO: tiller, chipper/shredder
Stihl Kombi KM130R: string trimmer, mini cultivator, bed edger, pole saw
Echo PB751T backpack blower
Husqvarna 350 chainsaw

RETIRED TRACTORS:
2003 Craftsman GT5000 (all used up)
2003 Craftsman DLT3000 (all burned up)
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