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Studebaker M15A-20 "Mr. Potato Head"

Thursday, September 25, 2014

MPH gets a Ramsey

Have been planning to install a 10,000 lb PTO Ramsey winch on MPH for a while. Today I started welding in the box I made from 3/8" x 5" angle. I left a tongue on each bumper end to go into the 3/8" angle to give more strength. This is just partially welded for now so I can verify that the drive shaft clears the front frame cross member. Still not sure how I will finish the metal but today it rained so Murphy may be telling me to leave it rust finish.

 Section cut out from the bumper

 Tape removed and tabs cut

 Close up of tab

Winch box tacked in place

Getting ready to test fit the winch

 Had to raise the bumper up a bit

 Winch raised into position

Winch bolted into place

Chain drive from PTO adapter to shaft mounted on the frame

Testing with winch drum engaged
I added two 2" hitch receivers for hooks
The addition of the receivers also helped to strengthen the bumper to rail connection

One on each side

Receiver hook in place