Remember 2 outer rear bolts in crossmember should be in place before installing as lower control arms block these.
Yep, no way to get that bolt in the hole once the control arm's in place. Torch at the yard took those two out after he cut the bolt that went through the bushing. Never noticed the bolt for the power steering hose... thanks again.
Well, my crossmember looks at least as bad as yours. I got it out today, but broke both of the bolts that are above the control arm (one on each side). Not only were the exposed portions of the threads rusty, but the shafts of the bolts were rusted fast inside the crossmember. The one on the passenger side was so bad that it ripped a hole in the frame rather than allow the crossmember to slide off from it! So I'm going to need to do some frame repair before I can put the replacement crossmember in. The one on the driver's side let go of the crossmember,, but it's still a headless bolt with about 2" of shaft protruding from the frame. Hopefully I'll be able to work it out of there. All of this was with several days of soaking with penetrating oil while I was prepping and painting the replacement part.
Note to future readers: Inspect the frame rails above and around the crossmember attaching points as it may deter you from taking on this repair. I might not have purchased this vehicle if I had known it would be this bad.
OK, so it's a long time since my last post. Sorry about that, but I was so disgusted with the shape of this Tracker that I put it on the back burner and took care of some other things before coming back to it. Here are some pictures of my front crossmember repair...
This was a huge PitA for me because I'm getting tired of working on my family's cars all the time. All steel added was new .100" mild steel from a local fab shop and all welding was done with my Miller 110v wire feeder using .030" flux-core wire. If I didn't have so much money freshly invested in this vehicle (just bought it, haven't even driven it yet beside a test drive) I WOULD NOT HAVE ATTEMPTED THIS REPAIR! Now to see if it can be driven long enough to justify the time/money...
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