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Old 07-10-2006, 12:37 PM
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36 Ford frame repair...

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Well, I've uncovered some bad frame damage. I put my feelers out for a replacement but until then, repair of the original is in order. I put in the CE parallel rear leaf kit and their crossmember kit. The front crossmember was badly cracked and a previous repair (cobbled POS) warrants replacement. I found one on eBay so I was a happy camper. The spreaders are non-existant and instead of welding up some square tubing, enterained buying the re-pops from Precision Coachworks. The side rails are bad as is the front outboard body mounts, also available from PC. Will I get satisfactory rigidity with the buttwelded frame repair pieces? Short of ordering up the rich man's double-throwdown boxed tube aftermarket frame. Am I heading in the right direction???

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Cam,

In my opionion (so you are getting what you pay for here), I would not patch up that Frame. Part of the reason is that the way the Body sits on the Frame, it may be hard to get the Door openings correct (as you may have to shim the body to the Frame), and, you don't know where the Frame might be weak (if you are going to put any horsepower to it. Are you going to use the original front axle or go independent? Do you have a little money to throw at this or are funds severely limited? If you have a little bit, you can buy an original Frame that has been re-done for Street Rod usage from Heinzman Street Rods (Phillips, NE (402-886-2998)-
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Thanks, 35. Funds aren't severely limited but to plop down a few G's on a new frame is going to take some additional funding. I was really hoping to do the necessary mods to get a current engine/tranny/rearend and drive it around a bit. Next phase was going to be upgraded frame, IFS, EFI, overdrive, etc. etc. etc. I do however value keeping the frame between my butt and the road.... Question is, what can I get away with in the interim.

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If you are worried about the strength of your butt welded pieces you can always fishplate the joints. As you are contemplating going with a new frame in the future that should get you by until then. What do you mean by the spreaders are non existent? Are you talking about the X member?
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Well,

IMHO, the Frame is the backbone of the car, so I would not scrimp on that part. You know, I've gone to a lot of local Swap Meets, and I always find the guy who is selling '35-'36 parts. I have met a lot of guys doing this-one has a a junkyard full of '35-'36 parts, one guy has a bunch of Flatheads, and so on. I'll bet if you contacted one of the local Car Clubs that somebody knows somebody who has one-
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Thanks guys, all great advice. I'm going to keep looking. Hopefully I'll find a frame that's in better shape than mine. When I get ready to do the super-car, I may sign up for an aftermarket frame. I better start saving my allowance now....

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