Adding a hitch to a 73 truck/ front tow points

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Adding a hitch to a 73 truck/ front tow points

Post by mjdriver » Mon May 06, 2019 12:04 pm

Im looking to add a hitch to my 73 j2000, was wondering what my options are, since they don't make one for my truck, was thinking going with some universal one.

I also need to add front recovery points, im thinking a hook on each frame rail, not sure about drilling through the frame though.

Just looking for tips, thanks

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Re: Adding a hitch to a 73 truck/ front tow points

Post by Phils67 » Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:31 am

The rear frame rails are pretty wide. On my 67 my options were a universal hitch for a RV or build my own. I made templates for the side brackets out of cardboard and transferred it to 3/8 steel. Welded in a cross tube and reciever tube and secured it with eight gr8 bolts. Build your own and go overkill. It will be worth it.
1967 Gladiator J2000/ 4.0MPI/T18/Twin sticked D20/ locked 44/welded 53/4.27s/4" Hell Creek,35s, pending J20 axles with Detroits and 3.73s/ pending lift kit downsizing and late model spring-under-frame front

1990 Comanche/ 2.5TBI Renix/AX4/2wd SporTruck base model shortbed/97+ front clip and door conversion/daily driver

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Re: Adding a hitch to a 73 truck/ front tow points

Post by mjdriver » Sun Aug 18, 2019 6:27 pm

Phils67 wrote:The rear frame rails are pretty wide. On my 67 my options were a universal hitch for a RV or build my own. I made templates for the side brackets out of cardboard and transferred it to 3/8 steel. Welded in a cross tube and reciever tube and secured it with eight gr8 bolts. Build your own and go overkill. It will be worth it.
So I already bought a Reese universal hitch, it should work but I'll need to drill at least 2 holes in the frame rails. The problem is my tailpipes are too close together, guess I'll have to get them moved out the way first.

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Re: Adding a hitch to a 73 truck/ front tow points

Post by Phils67 » Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:02 pm

My only regret about building mine was doing it before I had the rear bumper. I built it to be tucked under some but its too far under now to use anything but extra long ball mounts. Mount it as far to the rear of your frame as possible so you don't need a mount that is 16" from center of ball to center of hitch pin like I do lol
1967 Gladiator J2000/ 4.0MPI/T18/Twin sticked D20/ locked 44/welded 53/4.27s/4" Hell Creek,35s, pending J20 axles with Detroits and 3.73s/ pending lift kit downsizing and late model spring-under-frame front

1990 Comanche/ 2.5TBI Renix/AX4/2wd SporTruck base model shortbed/97+ front clip and door conversion/daily driver

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