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I am thinking of building a new frame for my 89 chevy truck that Im building as a street rod. What size tubing is best? Any other advice would be greatly appreciated.

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If it is just a cruiser, not heavily loaded, 2"x4", 0.125" wall rectangular tubing will be fine. If you will load it occasionally, 2"x6", 0.125" will be bullet proof.
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You might want to check into the difficulty of building a frame, it may be more of a hassle than just modifying your old one. If you were building it for a model A or T where the frame is essentially two straight rails...it would be relatively easy...but a chevy truck may be pretty hard.
Oh yeah...back to the topic...I'd go with 2x6, better safe than sorry

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[quote]Originally posted by drgnwgn289:
<strong>You might want to check into the difficulty of building a frame, it may be more of a hassle than just modifying your old one. If you were building it for a model A or T where the frame is essentially two straight rails...it would be relatively easy...but a chevy truck may be pretty hard.
Oh yeah...back to the topic...I'd go with 2x6, better safe than sorry

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yea i dont think making the frame itself will be too hard. just a matter of getting all the measurments and mounting points correct but I have to do alot of research on stuff like the crossmember and how the suspension will setup. Anyone know where I can get a crossmember for it?
It will be better if I can custom build the frame since it will be so low after i do the body drop and air bags.
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The July 2003 Rod & Custom has a little article on a commercial(what else!) 2"x4" replacemet frame that RB's Obsolete Automotive is making for '47-'45 Chevy 1/2 ton pickups and suburbans. It beyond me why someone would spend $5000 to replace a frame that could single handedly carry the entire 3rd Mechanized Division and is hidden from view by acres of fat sheet metal but that's just me I guess.

Anyway the article will give you a little comfort zone about using 2x4 tubing on your pickup.

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I just think it would be easier for you to z the front and rear of the frame rather than fabbing a whole new one....and cheaper too
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