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Old 01-26-2011, 10:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Fabricators! T joint for a front receiver?

Howdy! I lurk here a lot and I'm just starting to get into doing my own fabrication. Haven't taken a welding/fab class because of my lousy schedule, but I do alright at welding. I'm trying to make a front receiver for my Cherokee, and this is my design idea. It seems like it would be strong, but i'm afraid because i've never seen anyone use this kind of joint. Material is 1/4" receiver tube and 1/4" 2x3.



Is this a good idea or would it be stronger to just cut that bottom portion out and do two butt joints rather than my funky notch?
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Old 01-27-2011, 07:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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the notch will be fine as it makes for one continuous piece of metal all the way across, and helps keep things straight when fabbing it up. the plug weld in the bottom is un-necessary. putting gussets in will help alot with the twist factor. i'm assuming this is for a front winch mount or recovery point, so you will have things pulling sideways on it as much as pullng straight ahead.
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Old 01-27-2011, 08:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Make sure that the fit is very tight between the two pieces. Any gaps will close as you weld it and turn the piece that goes between frame rails into a smile.

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Make sure that the fit is very tight between the two pieces. Any gaps will close as you weld it and turn the piece that goes between frame rails into a smile.
X2 on that, lot of potential for it to warp, but itll be plenty strong, my jeep has a similar front with a reciever recessed into it.
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Thanks for the responses guys. It seemed strong to me but I've just never seen that kind of joint before. What I have seen is a picture of a reciever ripped in half that was butt welded on both sides. I'll be sure to gussett it!
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