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1939-buick-8 11-09-2010 08:30 PM

1939 buick MOD.41 "frame help"
:confused: I bought a 1939 buick four door about 2 months ago, I got it tore down now. I im looking for some help. I dont care about keeping original, To be honest I plan on driving it alot. "its my dream car" I dont want to keep it hidden in the garage.
What do you guys think I should do? is there a frame that i can just swap. I know the wheelbase is 121 inchs. I found some cars that have the same wheel base, but the frame is to wide. Dose anybody know of a frame that might work?
If not what Would be a good donor car to use for a stub front end. "My brother and uncle Are great welders" If it has to come to that. I have never done anything like that but im sure i can do a bunch of reading and measuring and line it up. Just not sure what would be the best car to use.

I want the outcome to be a old look with the modern tech. If you can help I would Greatly thank you.

va4cqd 11-10-2010 05:15 AM

whats wrong with the original frame?
the easiest solution to update the front suspension is a mustang II crossmember

1939-buick-8 11-10-2010 09:47 AM

I cant kinda anything for the buick. "my luck" everybody i call dont have anything for that year of buick. Everybody sayes call fatmans fab. and the only thing fatmans offer is a weld in. 3,295.00. And to be honest i dont really want to cut this frme. i would like to set it on a diffrent frame and put this frame out back untell my kids are grown the redone the org frame. any help would be great. Plus i really like everybodys ideas? thanks you guys are the bees knees

techinspector1 11-10-2010 02:29 PM


Originally Posted by 1939-buick-8
And to be honest i dont really want to cut this frme. i would like to set it on a diffrent frame and put this frame out back untell my kids are grown the redone the org frame.

I can't figure out why the original frame has such an allure to you, but hey, different strokes for different folks. You can roll the old Buick into a shed and lift the body off the frame with a winch and proper strapping to prevent twisting and warping of the body while it is hanging there. Make up a working area and build a flat table to take measurements off of and to weld from. Set the Buick frame on the table and measure it every which way from Sunday. Write down every possible dimension that would be necessary in the building of a new frame.

Autoweld has the facilities to bend up 2" x 3" or 2" x 4" rectangular tubing for you, once you have all the dimensions. I'm not saying have them build the whole mess, just have them bend some of the more difficult bends and angles, then weld the whole thing together yourself.

There is a certain rewarding feeling to putting the car back together with stock front end pieces, but you are stuck with Armstrong steering and brakes that are perhaps....less than adequate in today's driving arena.

I guess we need to find out a little more of how you want the car to perform....

Stock drum brakes or Power-assisted disc brakes?
Stock steering or Power-assisted rack & pinion or power-assisted worm & sector?
Stock drivetrain or later model Buick motor/transmission?

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