95 F-150 w/ Bent frame

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95 F-150 w/ Bent frame

Post #1 by Ford_Lucas72 » Wed May 23, 2018 5:44 pm

hi all, first time posting here . today i got a 95 F150 4.9 single cab short box, and it has a bent frame. the plan is to use this pretty much only as a play truck however i'd have to drive it out to the local offroad spots so I've decided to try to get a revived salvage title. the first and foremost step for me is fixing the frame issue. Long story short the PO got it stuck and the towtruck bent the frame outward when pulling the truck. ended up as a salvage title and sat for a long time etc...
id like to hear some options as to if i should take it to a shop or do it myself.
here are my options,
do it correctly by taking it into a shop and spending $300?
do iot myself
bottle jack/floor jack& 2x4s
or
i havent seen anyone do this yet but i have a oxyacetylene torch at home and i was wondering if i could heat it and bend it back that way .
any opinions would be greatly appreciated

Lucas

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Re: 95 F-150 w/ Bent frame

Post #2 by BigBlue94 » Thu May 24, 2018 9:13 am

For 300 bucks, i would have a professional do it.

If you do attempt it yourself, don't heat the frame, it makes it weaker.
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Re: 95 F-150 w/ Bent frame

Post #3 by Ford_Lucas72 » Thu May 24, 2018 11:20 am

BigBlue94 wrote:For 300 bucks, i would have a professional do it.

If you do attempt it yourself, don't heat the frame, it makes it weaker.


Good point I was thinking that it might affect the strength of the frame, that after posting this.
I was also thinking won’t bending the frame back damage the the frame further?

Thanks and much appreciated,
Lucas

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Re: 95 F-150 w/ Bent frame

Post #4 by BigBlue94 » Thu May 24, 2018 1:56 pm

It is always a risk trying to straighten a frame. It can crack, welds and rivets can snap, and other parts can be deformed. On a 90s ford frame, you should be fine, as most shops know what they are doing. Most times they successfully bend it back to within spec.

It would not be a bad idea to weld a bit of steel on the once bent area for a bit of extra reinforcement.
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Re: 95 F-150 w/ Bent frame

Post #5 by Wesman07 » Sun May 27, 2018 4:41 pm

Where is it bent?

I had my frame fold in where the radius arm attaches. The “lift kit” supplied a drop mount and it was too much leverage in that area. I had it straightened twice... just kept folding at the same spot. Long story short, I made a sub frame and cross member that solved the issue
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Re: 95 F-150 w/ Bent frame

Post #6 by B RON CO » Tue May 29, 2018 3:29 pm

Hi, when a frame gets "bent" it probably went out of square. A good heavy man with a frame machine can return to it's original shape, which usually mean two dimensions, side to side and up or down. If it is not fixed properly it may not steer straight, and if it is really out of whack parts may not fit right, hoods and doors may not shut etc. Good luck
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Re: 95 F-150 w/ Bent frame

Post #7 by Ford_Lucas72 » Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:52 pm

Well finally brought the truck home and it looks way different in person haha. The passenger side front wheel has a inward camber I’m guessing is a bend in the radius arm knuckle However I’m not 100 percent sure, so if you guys have any suggestions on what to do next it would be much appreciated also I haven’t quite figured out how to post photos on here yet :arg:

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Re: 95 F-150 w/ Bent frame

Post #8 by BigBlue94 » Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:27 pm

Ford_Lucas72 wrote:Well finally brought the truck home and it looks way different in person haha. The passenger side front wheel has a inward camber I’m guessing is a bend in the radius arm knuckle However I’m not 100 percent sure, so if you guys have any suggestions on what to do next it would be much appreciated also I haven’t quite figured out how to post photos on here yet :arg:


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Re: 95 F-150 w/ Bent frame

Post #9 by Ford_Lucas72 » Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:55 am

Alrighty so another update, I’ve sourced the issue to the infamous ttb axle :bang: so the issue is that the passenger wheel has a fairly gnarly negative camber, a number of degrees and I’m not exactly sure how much not sure how many degrees but it’s roughly 1/2 of an inch. After doing my research I found out that Napa sells the camber/caster adjustment kit for lifted ttb setups and clean that they are good for five degrees of camber. I’m thinking that’s probbaly not enough for what I need here, however I’ve also read that off-roaders will “cut n turn” the axle housing and rotating to accommodate the camber... well before I get into chopping up my axles and shoving big bolt kits in, are there any other places I can check that might affect wheel camber? Bear with me here, this is my first truck too so any other bits and pieces of advice as to how I should tackle would be very much appreciated,
Lucas
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Re: 95 F-150 w/ Bent frame

Post #10 by 86f250straight6 » Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:43 pm

That could be a bad axle pivot bushing or the bracket got broken while getting pulled out. Camber on a TTB is adjusted by loosening the nut on the upper ball joint and turning the tapered bushing to increase or decrease camber. Your truck already has this built in but sometimes they sieze and you have to chisel them out in pieces and install a replacement like the napa one you mentioned.

However I doubt that is the problem the camber is too severe to be just that. Check ball joints, axle pivot bushings and radius arms. There is definitely something obvious thats broken if you crawl under and look around.
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