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Old 10-06-2003, 02:56 PM
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BAD frame rust!!

I have a '67 ford galaxie 500 and the other day when I went to lift it up with the floor jack to work on the suspension it went through the frame!!! It's rusted pretty badly in several places so right now I'm wondering what I can do about this and three things came to mind:

1. Take it to a shop and have them estimate the damage and fix up the rust holes in the frame.

2. Find a frame in the same year that will fit that isn't rusted at all.

3. Or, I noticed that the wheel base of a newer crown vic was about a 1/2" difference. If I found a straight frame in a junk yard or an old cab or squad car could I use that and the suspension under the galaxies body....if so what type of modifications would I be looking at.

I'd kinda like to try option 3 for something different to do, plus it will have a better suspension and brake setup(I'm assuming that anyway)....its not my daily driver so time to get it back on the streets isn't really an issue.

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Old 10-06-2003, 05:14 PM
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With only 1/2" difference I'd mount the body on the frame and center the rear wheels in the wheel wells. The 1/2" difference in the front wheel wells will not be noticeable.
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It would be faster and easier to use a stock frame, and be worth more.

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Without having the frames side-by-side it would be hard to tell what kind of modifications would be needed to swap them out. I would think it would be much better and easier to just find another useable frame for that year body. You have to figure that they have mounted mostly everything in different places over the years. You would probably have to make so many mods that it would be close to building your own frame.
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Old 10-14-2003, 05:20 AM
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Don't even go the "fix my frame " way. Don't!
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frame swaps

body off roll out that old chassis roll the new one under (simple )
be prepared be comitted be cashed up heres my bit good luck
im not being smart im just saying dont get stuck half way through it hurts ian

dont fix your old frame it will eat at you
look for your new frame where they dont use salt on the roads
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Thanks for the responses. I'm thinking the best way is finding the same frame in good condition. Where would be the best places for me to start looking? I live in Edmonton, Alberta so if anyone knows the area and where I can pick up a straight, clean, stock frame it would beappreciated to have a good place to start. The only wreckers around this are dont have vehicles that old.

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