My eyes are still bothering me, but I can see my hitch needs at least 2 gussets, and preferably 6 in total.
So I'll not do any spraying of primer before I get that done. I expect to have the first 2 ready tomorrow afternoon.
Meanwhile, I'm idly toying with the idea of AWD using the transfer case from a Syclone / Typhoon, with the front hubs / knuckles / spindles / brakes from a Grand Prix GTP. Probably need to swap them side for side, since mine has the steering linkage in front of the axle centerline.
'06 GMC C2500HD RCLB gasser 4.10:1, 4L80E, custom camshaft
'84 Trans Am 6.2 diesel, 700R-4, custom Class-3 receiver
'69 F350 dually. GM 6.2 diesel, turbo, 700R-4, NP208 all pending.
Got the overkill gusset ( top center rear ) about 1/2 cut out. This one is proving a small challenge, I bent the first blade then snapped the second before getting the hang of it. At this rate, final pre-installation welding should be Tuesday afternoon. Then initial primer-spraying that evening.
The rear hitch isn't completed yet, I'm skipping to the gooseneck. This first pic is to show the ball is basically above the center of the rear axle. It IS EXACTLY centered on the rear springs, which are farther forward at the top, ( when the car is sitting normally,) than at the bottom.
Now here's the GN tube all marked and located
Brackets always take me several attempts, and here's the initial attempt at the under-floor, above-tank bracing to hold the GN tube to the subframe rails
Driver's side, front at right, rear at left:
Passenger's side, front at left, rear at right:
Not a whole lot of structure, I'll have to add runners, I'm trying to avoid hammering on the tank, and still hoping to have tolerable seating for 4 humans.
BTW, the tank area shown isn't rusty, it's dusty.
So what if my donut isn't round? I jammed a pipe in the tube to hold the nut, got the ball really tight, and now it's ready for welding.
Since my additions are getting painted Royal Blue, I guess I'll paint the tank area white for contrast.
Next was getting a sponge and some water to clean away some of the dust, so I could fog the relevant areas white for better contrast.
Then I got back to the brackets and braces, which are still in process. The brackets abut the spring pockets, and so I can sandwich the inboard sides of those pockets. I test-fit the springs to verify adequate clearance for brackets and bolts.