Drilling vs. Welding
Definitely needs to be drilled to insert the braces to keep the factory frame rails from crushing under the lateral load and make the rail and PHB act as a solid unit. With what iv'e seen during welding my subs last weekend, and installing my PHB this weekend, if you weld in the PHB you are asking for trouble with heat and cracking in the thin/old ford sheetmetal. I am just going to quick tack a couple of places for insurance but IMHO the bolt in when it is all snugged up is way way solid.
You are right about the drilling though...It sucked. Especially the last four 3/8 holes through the inner bracket steel that is like .190 thick and no way to pilot up through the sizes of bits....man what a beech!
Sucks for me...My motor is out and K is out so no driving until all that crud is back in and done...
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