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Old 10-07-2002, 03:01 PM
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I just bought an 1983 cutlass supreme custom editon. I was wondering if its true that these cars rot out by the rear wheels (frame).
Everybody I talk to tells me this and they say that for the year the frame must have been rebuilt at some point. Is this really how bad these frames are?????

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Yeah they do, all the cars with that style of body are known to be bad. I would think that would be true in Ontario especially.(bought a car from there once before, really bad experience). I don't know if they ever rectified the problem with those cars maybe that year was a good one.


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this is true for all "g" bodies from 78 to 87...reason being the frame comes back then flares out right behind the rear wheels so all the snow,dirt,salt etc gets thrown up into the frame..ive had many "g" bodies and what you want to do is whenever you wash your car at the car wash stick the nozzle up in the holes in the frame right behind the rear wheels..( more often in winter) this will keep all the grud out of there and your frame will last a long time
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I agree with the G-Body frame rotting behind the rear tires. Had a '79 Cutlass and sold it with a chain holding up the rear bumper... However, I still have an '82 Malibu and the frame is in good shape...
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not all frams are bad if you get one that someone has not oiled good they will rot but i own a 1983 cutlass and i owned a1981 and both cars have good frams and i live in ont. even if you have to fix it they have fram rails you can buy and there as good as new trust me you will love the car they are the best also great cars to pro street
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I took the transmission out of one for my hotrod and it was true on that one.
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I have had a lot of g bodies and I have seen no problems I have two now a 83 culass and a 86 442 Olds. But I do live in Birmingham AL and they dont salt the roads down here
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yes very true, its hard to find a gbody these days in good condition w/no rust...i own an 83 and got lucky with the shape of the body
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I had an el camino that rusted terribly there, and I also had a Cutlass Salon that didn't rust at all. The elky was from PA and the Cutlass was from LA.

It is a very common problem on A/G bodies. That's not to say that yours IS a problem, but there is a little spot there that holds salt and crud and can be tough to tackle

But to say that it "must have had frame repair" is no more valid than saying "it must have had new paint." Just check it.
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There is a gentleman in Canada who sells repro rear frame rails for the G-body cars:

http://www3.sympatico.ca/conradlozier/

I met Conrad at Fall Carlisle this year. Really nice guy.
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