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Old 12-19-2010, 12:17 AM
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bad frame, time to build a new one

started channeling my '36 dodge and found the frame is rusted real bad in a few spots , so i'll be building a new one and have a few questions
1. what size and thickness of tubing ?
2.any other tips ?

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Old 12-19-2010, 02:23 AM
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I used 0.120 wall and made the depth to match the existing chassis..you can taper the ends to make it look good..

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Old 12-19-2010, 10:09 PM
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hey

thanks for the tip .
the existing frame is 4'' in the front tapers up to 5'' in the center and tapers down to 3'' over the rear axle.
so i was thinking of doing 4''x2''
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I have to ask, is this frame REALLY rusted too bad to save? Many times frames will have some severe rust in a rust prone area and the rest of it is still good. It may be "rusted" but it isn't too bad other than a few spots. Just how bad is the frame?

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thanks for the tip .
the existing frame is 4'' in the front tapers up to 5'' in the center and tapers down to 3'' over the rear axle.
so i was thinking of doing 4''x2''

Should work fine..
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Old 12-20-2010, 01:29 PM
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hey

yep the frame is done i can push a screwdriver through it in several spots and the rest of it is full of dirt end rocks so i'm sure it held moister in those spots .
thanks for the foward thats a good lookin frame .
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Last frame I built was out of 4130 seamless steel tubing, 5/8" OD, with .035 wall thickness. the finished product weighed about 1100 pounds complete with 150 hp engine. It would carry 40 gallons of gas, and 760 pounds of people and stuff, at about 145mph. and get around 20mpg.
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2"x3" or 2"x4" box tubing, with .125" thickness is pretty std. for a frame. No reason it needs to be different size for different parts, other than narrowing it at the front for asthetics.
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