So the rear recovery points on my 81 hatch more or less ripped out of the body.
here is the driver side rear:
Not to bad other than the loop has long been ripped out.
here is the passenger side rear:
As you can see it is completely destroyed.
I cut out the driver's side section already and was shocked to find that the "recovery" points were nothing more than a single layer of thin sheetmetal in a box shape.The cargo floor itself isnt much better.I will cut out the passenger side after I drop the fuel tank,because when I was cutting the driver's side the underbody rust proofing caught on fire and I really dont want that sorta fire anywhere near the gas tank.
Anyway have you guys ever reinforced that area?I was thinking 1/8" box channel welded to the floor above with some 1/8" angle iron welded to the sides to give it more surface area.I'm still a bit leary because all the the strength comes from the strength of a thin piece of steel in tension(the floor itself.If I did it like that it probably would be ok to get pulled out but dont do any pulling of my own,unless the vehicle in question is smaller than my car.