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  • #16
    I forgot to ask: other than the drop, are there things you've found that you wish were a bit different? Would you move the receiver fore or aft if you had the choice?

    I agree that I'm not about to try to modify the hitch myself. Even our local welding guru has told me that his insurance does not want him welding on towing/hitch equipment. (He does custom work on tractors and logging equipment, so his skill is definitely up to it, but I can understand why the insurance co. would draw the line on hitch work.) However, since I'm shopping for aftermarket hitches anyway, I might as well shop for as close to an ideal set up as possible.

    By the way - I understand you know Tim Holloway of Distinctive Restorations. I live a few miles from him. He's going to be doing some work on "Brutus" (my M37) shortly - we'll be rebuilding the transmission and transfer case, along with a few other things.
    1951 M37 "Brutus"

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    • #17
      I have not used it yet; the truck is not done.
      So, I can't say how I like it in operation but I can't see it would be an issue.

      Paul Mierop who lives about an hour from you and Tim, has information on his "you can do this" tutorial pages, from back when he built various power wagons. He also mentions a hitch he found that fit the civvie flatfender, so may fit the M37 well. His M37 is modified but has a lot of good stuff in the section on it. Look at the section on "Bumblebee" for the hitch.

      check this out:
      http://imageevent.com/moosecreekmaple
      If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principle difference between a dog and a man.
      Mark Twain

      1952 B-3 PW "Kirkwood"
      1953 M-37 (restoration project) with 4BT power
      1960 W500 Power Giant "Orange Crush"

      S.A.R. member (sar.org)

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      • #18
        Thanks for the additional info and leads.
        1951 M37 "Brutus"

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        • #19
          See this link from Paul's site:
          i think it may be overkill to have the hitch flanges up to the top frame flanges, but that gets it up higher compared to the pintle. Harder to accomplish due to clearance with what I used, but with Paul's Draw Tite?

          http://imageevent.com/moosecreekmapl...h83qk1.camel_s
          If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principle difference between a dog and a man.
          Mark Twain

          1952 B-3 PW "Kirkwood"
          1953 M-37 (restoration project) with 4BT power
          1960 W500 Power Giant "Orange Crush"

          S.A.R. member (sar.org)

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          • #20
            Extra info- I measured the vertical distance on my hitch from the bottom of the receiver up to the hitch flange, and it was 9". I think the hitch people refer to this dimension as the "rise".
            just for grins, I looked at Draw-Tite's on line site for receiver hitches. They have a class 3 (similar rating as this one) with a 7" rise. If I experience difficulty with my hitch on the M37 as to clearance, I would consider the a Draw Tite one as I believe the receiver would be 2" closer to the truck frame.
            If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principle difference between a dog and a man.
            Mark Twain

            1952 B-3 PW "Kirkwood"
            1953 M-37 (restoration project) with 4BT power
            1960 W500 Power Giant "Orange Crush"

            S.A.R. member (sar.org)

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            • #21
              Doc Dave - Where are you finding the rise specifications on the Draw-Tite site? I've not been able to find them on the Draw-Tite website or on eTrailer, so most of my browsing has been eyeballing the pictures and trying to guess the rise.
              1951 M37 "Brutus"

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              • #22
                You have to click on tech specifications. See this link:

                https://www.draw-tite.com/products/t...bv2qPLRmhm5NVU

                I have not checked my frame width to see if this works ( I know it is pretty standard). But, as to rise or height, this one shows a "height" of only 7". So it would not hang down as far I think.
                If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principle difference between a dog and a man.
                Mark Twain

                1952 B-3 PW "Kirkwood"
                1953 M-37 (restoration project) with 4BT power
                1960 W500 Power Giant "Orange Crush"

                S.A.R. member (sar.org)

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                • #23
                  The only specs I saw on there were "shipping dimensions". I was not sure how much to trust that for estimating the rise, although I guess the actual rise could not be bigger than that dimension.
                  1951 M37 "Brutus"

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