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1947 chevy fleetmaster frame

since my last thread i have gotten another frame cheap (free) that went to another 47. my question is that it is completely closed in (boxed ???) attached by rivets. should i drill or grind the rivets so i can get to the inside of the frame rails to be sand blasted. to save on the expense i am considering just getting out the grinder and wire wheel. or should i just leave it together. the frame only has surface rust and appears to be very solid. thanks in advance

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The 2 Chevys of that era that I have worked on were welded together. The hat (top) and flat bottom have been spot welded in several spots along the entire frame. I think if a person would grind or drill all of the welds out it would ruin the frame. I just cleaned both of the frames and painted it with JD Blitz black.
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some parts are welded, some are rivited.
got oxy/acc?
if not, get a grinder with a cut off wheel, peel the head off and use a air hammer with a punch bit to force out the rest.

those frames can be boxed. but make sure its square and plumb.
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If it were me I would have it dipped, thats what I would do then take a pickhammer to see how thin or thick the metal is then go from there
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those frames can be boxed. but make sure its square and plumb.
They were boxed from the factory. They are a top hat design.

Here is the frame from my car, yours should be the same. These pictures are not the best but it should give you an idea how they are made. The original front suspension is bolted in, the transmission crossmember is rivieted. I had a MII crossmember welded in.


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