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Old 09-25-2003, 06:31 PM
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Aftermarket 64 Impala frame?

Is there anyone that makes an aftermarket frame for a 64 Convertible?

I am finishing up a air bag install on my 64 SS Convertible and the car had apparently had hydraulics on it before and the frame is pretty shot out. The current frame has old repairs and I had to do some "patch work" myself. The car is now at the frame shop getting adjusted, just so we can get the camber close to specs.

Anyway it should be fine for now. But before I do the bodywork next year, I would like to find out about any aftermarket frames.

I am not too concerned about originality as I have air bags, a 700R4, Baer disks and a Ford 9" rear. Also this winter I will probably swap in a crate motor.

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I know of no one who manufactures a frame for a 64 Impala. You might give Fatman Fabricators a call, I am sure they could make one up for you...at a price.

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No replacement aftermarket frames unless you go with a full out custom boxed or tubed frame. Best bet is to shop around and find a parts car if wanting to keep stock. '61-'64 frames will work. The only difference between the convertible frame and the hardtop frame is the convertible has two extra body mounts. You could modify a hardtop frame by using the mounts off of your existing frame and welding them to a hardtop frame. I'd shop around for a parts car. Check out this guy. Great guy to deal with, great prices too. And if he doesn't have anything keep checking back as he gets in cars all the time.
http://www.59-64chevy.com/

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you are about to be in luck!....... I am delivering my Bel Air to progressive Auto in Baltimore Oh this weekend to get a full tube chassis. Bob has been wanting to build a chassis for these cars for some time now and I would bet that within a couple of months he can fix you up. To date, my frame will be dressed out with a C-5 front end and a C-4 rear end with AirRide obvioulsy....... If you want to check it out, you can look at his web site at www.progressiveautomotive.com . Bob is a great guy and can fix it up with whatever running gear you want to run.

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you are about to be in luck!....... I am delivering my Bel Air to progressive Auto in Baltimore Oh this weekend to get a full tube chassis. Bob has been wanting to build a chassis for these cars for some time now and I would bet that within a couple of months he can fix you up. To date, my frame will be dressed out with a C-5 front end and a C-4 rear end with AirRide obvioulsy....... If you want to check it out, you can look at his web site at www.progressiveautomotive.com . Bob is a great guy and can fix it up with whatever running gear you want to run.

Tony....
Yes! That is what I wanted to hear!! Please keep me up on the build up!

I like the idea of the C-5 front, yet I probably would keep my 9" rear. But this would be a good time to switch to the Z06 style small block!

Tony, since you are using the C-5 front suspension, will you be using a rack & pinion steering?

Anyway thanks for the help and maybe my 64, could be his #2 frame.

Thanks, Eric.
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Yup, I will be going to a power assist rack, something a little on the different side so i am not sure if it is going to work yet or not. The bonus if it does is that it utilizes a small resevoir canister and the pump and rack is small also.......
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Yup, I will be going to a power assist rack, something a little on the different side so i am not sure if it is going to work yet or not. The bonus if it does is that it utilizes a small resevoir canister and the pump and rack is small also.......
Tony,

What type of rack are you going to use?

Do you know if Progressive will be updating their web site with the building of your frame?

I am very interested in the results.

Also, will your new frame still be a X-type?

Thanks, Eric.
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Eric,
I do not know if he will be updating the site or not. The nice part about this frame is that it will not be an X frame...... Lets face it, for performance, the X frame sux. To much lean and weight transfer. So you will need to replace the floor pans also but Bob is going to be offering those in the frame kit.

Tony.....
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Eric,
I do not know if he will be updating the site or not. The nice part about this frame is that it will not be an X frame...... Lets face it, for performance, the X frame sux. To much lean and weight transfer. So you will need to replace the floor pans also but Bob is going to be offering those in the frame kit.

Tony.....
Tony,

I agree, that was one of Chevy's NOT better ideas.

Are you going to a one piece drive shaft? And what year is your car?

Have they started the frame yet? What are the winning lotto numbers (in California or course!). Figured if I was going to ask so many damn questions, might as well ask about the lotto!

Thanks, Eric.
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Ok........ I just got off the phone with Bob and he tells me that floor pan mods will be minimal on your average car. Now I will be loosing a good portion of my rear trunk pan due to the C-4 rear-end. My hopes of the rack I wanted to install were shattered when I spoke with Bob and he gave me the demensions the rack needed to be..... Oh well....... he has all of that worked out and has pointed me in the right direction. I know he has done several measureing sessions on the chassis but I am not sure how far along the crew is yet. By the way...... Mine is a 61 but from 58-64 they are almoast identical ecept for wheelbase variable and the converts were reinforced. The reinforcing will not be an issue with Bob's chassis. The winning number of lotto is X X X X X X .......

Tony...
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Impala X Frame 58-64

I have been looking for exactly the same frame. The hard truth is, nobody makes them. You can use any frame from any impala year 58 thru 64. Unfortunately a convertible frame is reinforced better than an standard frame. If you want your car to hold up you will need a convertible frame. Like I said anything 58 to 64 will work but it wont be the correct one for a convertible. I think your best bet would be to use the one you have and have a professional welder fix it correctly get the holes filled and get it powder coated. Good Luck
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I have been looking for exactly the same frame. The hard truth is, nobody makes them. You can use any frame from any impala year 58 thru 64. Unfortunately a convertible frame is reinforced better than an standard frame. If you want your car to hold up you will need a convertible frame. Like I said anything 58 to 64 will work but it wont be the correct one for a convertible. I think your best bet would be to use the one you have and have a professional welder fix it correctly get the holes filled and get it powder coated. Good Luck
Since this thread is dated September 2003..........I would think that he has already worked this out.
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