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Old 02-26-2004, 09:24 AM
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Thumbs down !986 Ford Ranger Bent Frame

long story short i hit a telephone poll and my frame is bend right behind th bumper on the drivers side up and back .. how can i fix this or can it be fixed

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Old 02-26-2004, 11:48 AM
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It really depends on the condition of the frame where it is bent.
Too much rust will cause a problem.
Too much of a bend will require cutting a re-welding of the framerail.
The reference point measurements will be a great help with knowing if the frame can just be bent back into place or the cutting and rewelding.
I wouldn't recommend welding on the frame unless you know if the state you live in has restrictions or recommendations for vehicle safety inspections.
A simple phone call to an experienced and reputable body shop should give those answers.

I had a 1974 Ford F-100 here about 5 years ago that had rear-ended a tractor trailer, the whole front clip had to be replaced, the front edge of both doors had to be straightened, smoothed, and repainted, and the oil-pan had to be removed and repaired as part of the frame had come in contact with it and opened a small hole.
The frame-rails from the crossmember under the engine forward were both bent in a Z shape, I had to cut, bend, straighten, and re-weld both of them, but it worked well even though I did not have the reference point measurements.
I was also asked to add re-inforcement bracing to that area of the truck.
It was not a priority job as he paid as he could, but I probably had about 15 hours in the whole job, including the oil-pan.
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Can ya still drive it? post some pics if you can.
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