"Man, my trailer hitch is stuck in the receiver.."
Me: "Gotta take 'em out every few years and clean up the rust. Or use "Never Seize"..even so, take 'em out once a year.".
He says: "I had it moving back and forth about a 1/4" in June, but I was afraid I'd break the chain and I didn't have anything but a telephone pole to hook to, and it swayed too much".
Me: "Bring it over, I got a chain your truck can't break and a tree you can't pull down....We'll get it out".
So he comes over on Sunday, and we proceed to hook the chain to the tree and the truck.
Bang! Bang! nope, not moving. Shook the tree a bit and pissed off the squirrels, but no joy.
Try a little heat and some Strike Hold....
Bang! Bang! Bang! Nope, still not moving. More heat...enough that I went and got a piece of aluminum sheet to act as a heat deflector so I didn't melt the plastic on his bumper. Lots of Strike-Hold (from both ends) and some gentle love with the air hammer to crack the rust.
Bang! Bang! Bang! Nope. Nothing. Not any movement at all. It's like the pin is still in (it isn't).
Got out the bigger torch head. Still nothing. Am afraid I am gonna pull the hitch out from under his truck. There is no more paint on the receiver or the hitch itself. The chrome is peeling off the ball from the heat. The bottom of the receiver is orange. Much more and something is gonna catch fire.....The squirrels are pissed and have filed an OSHA complaint and are ready to go to the Housing Board. All told, I have been at it for over an hour...
Me: "Dude, how did you get it to move a few months ago? It is STUCK."
Him: "I don't rightly remember. It's been over a year...."
Me: So when it moved, it wasn't LAST June.......2 months ago??
Him: "Nope, a year ago this last June....I think. Maybe longer. "
I unhooked the chain, dragged it to the barn (it is a 1" chain) and put it away. And the torch and the rest. Spooled up the air hose, put the air hammer away.
Him: "You are just gonna give up? I though you said you could get it out.?
Me: "Nope. I'm done. Go find a dealer and buy another hitch...it'll be easier, and likely cheaper. If I'da known it hadn't moved since June a YEAR ago, I'd not have wasted my time. It has been rusted in place for over two years or more. Go home"
Ass. I wasted a fair amount of a Sunday trying to help an idiot. Coulda been splitting wood.