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Old 11-27-2010, 07:31 PM
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32 plymouth pb frame dimensions

hello, I'm a new user to the sight. Long time rodder ,i was looking for the frame dimensions for a 32 plymouth pb coupe. This is my current rod project and the frame is bent . I am trying to square it up but i cannot find the specs to set it to square. Any help? Thanks jeff

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Honestly you don't need any "specs" to make it square, you just make it square. How do you tell if it is not square, you measure it. Cross measure it.
Measure diagonally across from one "control point" to another.

If you look at my drawing you will see the first thing you want to do is measure down the rails to be sure all the bolt holes are the same. This is reflected on the left side of the frame (upper part of drawing) with the lines and question marks. If you measure both sides and these holes are in the same place, you are good to go. With a later model car there are MANY holes that aren't even used once the car is together, they are "control points" used in the assembly, and consequently can be used to make it square once it's knocked out of square or to simply measure to see if it IS square.

You will see that I numbered the cross measuring. You will see pairs of 1's, 2"s 3's and 4's. You simply measure one of those #4's and then the other #4 and they should be the same. Do the same thing with the other points, you have MANY things to measure from, holes, rivets, a nice sharp corner at the end of the frame etc.

It is always best to start with where I have the number 1. That is what is known as the "base". With a full frame car this an be off of course leaving the frame "diamonded", shaped like a diamond. But some times you can have this base square and find that the #3 measurement is off, one frame horn is over or both are over.

In your case with a thirties car you are likely going to be using body mounting holes.

The point is, you can never run out of measuring points, there are TONS of them on the frame. You can go all the way from one end to the other you can go only a couple of inches by finding the right points to measure from.

One thing that is VERY, VERY important, always double check your measurements with a few spots to you KNOW you are right. If you measure from the rear of the #1 spot and go up to the end of the front of the rail and find it to be out of square, try it again from the rear of the #2 spot and go all the way up to the front of the frame rail at the exact same spot you previously measured from the #4. Make sure it is off in the same way from that spot. You can also go from different holes that are right near each other, just measure them a few times to be sure you are getting the same info and you aren't going from an out of place hole or something like that.

Hope this makes some sense.

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Here is a simple cross measuring of a door for a shed. Exact same principle.
One thing that escapes a lot of people is that the "square" doesn't always mean SQUARE like this shed door. If the door was for a TeePee and the top was narrower than the bottom like an ice cream cone you would still measure it the same way!

It will tell you if it is EVEN both ways, commonly called "Square" even though it isn't REALLY "square".

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