This may be a crazy question....but I've never paid much attention before.

On my 2009 Silverado, towards the front of the frame where the tow hook/attachment points are, there are buckets or whatever you would call them, welded to the bottom of the frame like they were used to hold the frame on the assembly line or something. What are these things? Do they serve any purpose, as one of mine is not welded on as straight as the other.

WHY DID I NOTICE THIS YOU ASK? Well.... I hit a deer the other morning and I was under there looking to see what kind of damage I did. It looks like I bent one of the pieces of frame where the tow hooks are attached...but not sure. And my bumper, headlight, fender, grill, and some other little stuff took the blunt of the hit. And it goes in for repairs on Monday the 18th.

I just noticed these pieces while looking around under there.

What are they?

Thanks

Clark (SupermanWV)