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Old 08-11-2004, 07:12 PM
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65 Chevelle Frame Reached a Milestone Today

I just thought I would share. I feel like I reached a milestone today. My 65 Chevelle frame "dirty" work was finished and its on the way to the powder coaters tomorrow.

I repaired several body mounts that were rusting away and narrowed the back half 2". For those unfamiliar with the 65 there is not a lot of room for decent width tires if your running any kind of horsepower unless you open it up. If you look for the shiney spots you can see where I narrowed it in the picture in my photo gallery.

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Cool man, looks great!

I just posted a question about this exact thing in the suspension forum. I've got a 65 LeMans that I want to narrow 3 inches each side. I was thinking of going narrow all the way back but I like how you've done it.

Any chance you have some close ups of the areas that you cut and welded? Probably too late now since it's headed out tomorrow but if you get a chance when it gets back I'd really appreciate it. Have you done the wheel wells yet?

I'll bet you're pumped now that that's out of the way, huh?

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Old 08-12-2004, 09:25 AM
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Wally8,

I'd be happy to get you some more pictures and answer any questions I can.

Starting at the front near the firewall and moving rearward there are six body mount points on each side. I cut the frame such that only body mount number 5 had to be moved in. I also only went 2" because anything more and body mount number 4 would have to be moved in as well.

Per my calcs I should have no problems running 315 tires without rolling the fender lips.

I haven't started on the body yet as far as opening the fender wells. I have already replaced both side full length floor pans, all 3 trunk floor panels, both trunk floor drop off panels, and am working on both rear quarter panels.
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Number 5 mount is the one in the middle of the wheel well if you're looking from the side right? There's actually another hole exactly 3 inches in on mine and everything else looks like 3 inches would work real well.

It didn't look to me like I'd have to move number 4 (the one right in front of the wheel well) if I went 3 inches. I'm really interested in the detail of your cut and gussets if you can get a picture some time. I'm planning on cutting mine and using a plate to make the transition and gusset it up from there.

I don't have to replace any quarters on mine, just a patch panel is all that's needed. I'll be interested to know how you tackle your wheel wells.

All the pictures you can post will be greatly appreciated. I'll shoot some photos of mine too as I go along. I'll have my rotisserie done next week and will probably tear into the wheel wells first.

Later....

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