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Old 05-28-2002, 08:27 PM
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Can anyone tell me approx. how much id be looking at to box in the rear half of a monte frame. Its a NY car and has the typical rot under the trunk section of the frame. Would I be better off getting a frame from down south and putting my body on it?

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Not sure, you'd have to ask your local welding shop, prices vary shop to shop state to state but I'm thinking if you take the body off and gas tank out before you take it to the shop it should only be a few hundred, depending on the size of the area you want boxed and if they have to do any work to get to the spot needing boxed. Can't help to much but its a start.

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Placing your body on another frame might be cheaper. I bought a 85 El Camino from our local yard for $250,hauled it home on a trl,removed the body & took it back in one day(I had one person helping me & have a hydraulic lift)
Boxing in a frame is very difficult when the body is on the frame - how do you weld the top of the boxing plate.
Another option is to remove your body mounts & lift the body up enough in the rear to repair the frame. This would be my choice if you or a friend have the means to do this.......Don
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I have access to a good MIG welder but I've never really welded anything that had to be strong. Do you think I should atempt it? What steel would I use 1/8" or 1/4"?
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I would use 1/4, thats what we used to use when re-inforcing the frame for hydraulics. If you can weld pretty good i say go for it, but if you don't have faith in your abilities, hire someone.

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when streching big truck frames 1/4" is fine but on cars i would stay with 1/8" 3/16" max
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I also would use 1/8",it's what the factory used & it is easier to weld if you have a low amp welder......Don.
ps -you might want to take a welding course from a local tech school.
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Taking a welding course is a good idea.It is something I could allways use. (Allthough it would give me the ability to fullfil stupid dreams such as tubbing my 94 dodge shadow winter rat.)I might look into that. Thanks
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I know this post is long past but in case anybody else comes along needing this advice.....1/8 is plenty for boxing unless you are building a tank....Fatchuk
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