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Is welded gooseneck hitch ok in '88 F350?

 
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Old 11-19-2015, 10:57 AM
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Is welded gooseneck hitch ok in '88 F350?

I recently purchased a 1988 F350 DRW to pull my horse trailer. It was used by the previous owner also to pull a horse trailer. Upon inspection, I've noticed the gooseneck hitch is welded to the frame. I've always thought this was best attached by being bolted to the frame. Should I be concerned and can you add bolts in addition to it being welded?
 
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Old 11-19-2015, 07:35 PM
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I would take it to a local hitch shop for visual inspection to be safe.
 
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If the welder did a good penetration weld, not a problem with that - but welding to a frame anywhere between suspension supports is a cause for concern and something that Ford tells you not to do. It can cause brittle spots on the frame steel if not done correctly, with a stick weld being the worst as far as any heat affected zone. Get it inspected by someone who is a certified welder for your safety.
 
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I would'nt worry about it. Common practice back then....not necessarily right but certainly was done a lot on farms and construction sites.

Check for cracks and motor on.
 
 
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