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Old 04-01-2006, 11:50 AM
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1950 Chevy pick up frame strength

This is my first tech question-
If completely boxed in will a stock frame of a 1950 Chevy pick up be strong enough for up to 800 horsepower? If not, any suggestions for a frame that will?

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1950 Chevy pick up frame strength

Dave this basic frame was used on most sizes of chevy trucks of that era. That is except for length and width changes. I would think a boxed frame should be able to handle 800 horsepower. After all these trucks were used as real haulers in their day not for recreation.
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frame job

Hey ..if your gonna be runnin 800 HP why bother with a 57 year old frame sounds like you need a 4 link set up or drop the body onto a latermodel chassis/ its less work!
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I'm boxing in my 66 chev truck frame and I can almost guarantee that it will hold 800hp. Before i started the boxing of the frame if I picked up one corner of the frame the other side would stay on the saw horse. Now that it is 90% done she is ridged as hell. I've been a welder for 30 years so I now have the confidence that I can put a big block in it in the future if I want to. Right now I'm going with the 283 and a 200r4 trans just so I can put the money to better things like air bags, 4-link, drop spindles etc.... Good luck and I hope this helps!
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Boxing a frame can be lot of "overkill",I did a site search on "frame boxing" very good reading.....if it was mine with 800horses I'd keep it light as possible to get maximum speed...
When I had my 34 Ford I boxed the frame then took 2"hole saw and drilled holes along the inside to lighten it.....my 2cents
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How much wieght did you save though KRUZR? We are talking about a truck not a drag car. If you use 1/8" sheet metal u might be adding 40lbs and a lot of strength. Drilling it out did u save 20-25lbs? Sorry I'm not trying to be a smart a#$ I'm just curious since I'm doing the same to my truck.
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No problem bud, was 34Ford pickup,street rod,not dragster ,I boxed it for strength then drilled it mostly for"detail,"just to be different, no great weight saving .What I was referring to was the articles were interesting...and overkill , with 800 horses racing street or strip pays to keep weight down , Nice work in your pics.....

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