Arizona Tow Pigging Daily Driver

Installed some tweed seat covers. They look decent. I’m not crazy impressed with the install of the backrest portion. The bottom fits nice but when I fold the backrest forwards it untucks the seat cover and I have to tuck it back in. But for cheap ish seat covers they will do. Interior is starting to look decent at first glance.
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Alright forum let’s see what you think… the PO did some janky shit with installing the hitch receiver in conjunction with the dump bed hinge. Here is where the rear most hole should be for the receiver
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But instead, it is more towards the front of the vehicle and they put the bolt up through where the side rail of the frame and crossmember intersect. The problem with this is it’s right next to that rivet that rivets the crossmember and side rail together and the nut was sitting lopsided on top of that rivet head. I don’t really want to just move it to where it should have been because it looks like they cut out the vertical section of the frame right next to there the hole should be.
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My first inclination is that the rivet isn’t really needed if there is a bolt sticking up through there holding the crossmember to the rail. So I could just cut the head of that rivet off and install it where it was… or weld a brace where the PO cut that section of frame out and move the receiver to where it’s intended to be. What would yall do?
 
I’d cut the rivet. If anything shifts it may be a pain to get the bolt in, but that’s the nature of old stuff like this.

The shank of the rivet will probably stay in there. I tried knocking it up through the bottom since that head is already cut and it didn’t want to come out which I’m actually happy about.

I’m thinking a metal cutting blade on a multi tool may be the only thing I can fit in there to cut the rivet head flush unless anyone has any other ideas. I’ve never used a multi tool for steel though. I could drill the rivet out but I’d rather keep the shank in there
 
Your hitch is going to more than likely be 1/4" mild steel. I would add steel to it so you can drill the hole inboard enough to clear the rivet. And if you want to get ocd you can also add a bolt rearwards on the clear section.

If welding averse do as claytone says and remove the rivet. Its a ford,not a space ship. The first time you flex one out and see the frame deflect by an honest foot you'll realize that they aren't very picky
 
Your hitch is going to more than likely be 1/4" mild steel. I would add steel to it so you can drill the hole inboard enough to clear the rivet. And if you want to get ocd you can also add a bolt rearwards on the clear section.

If welding averse do as claytone says and remove the rivet. Its a ford,not a space ship. The first time you flex one out and see the frame deflect by an honest foot you'll realize that they aren't very picky

Add steel where? I don’t mind welding. I just want to do whatever is the simplest solution.

I guess I could just redrill the hole inboard of that rivet through both the hitch and the frame and be good to go.
 
That is what i mean. Adding to the hitch flange as necessary.washers to spread out the load for the warm fuzzy feeling if you want

Sweet. Honestly that seems like the least effort. Like you said it’s not a rocket ship and I don’t feel the need to get as OCD on this thing as I am on my Jeep. Just need it to work.