Frame replacement - Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board -- Hot Rod Forum

Register FAQ Search Today's Posts Unanswered Posts Auto Escrow Insurance Auto Loans
Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board > Tech Help> Suspension - Brakes - Steering
User Name
lost password?   |   register now

LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 10-17-2005, 12:56 PM
Idriveatincan's Avatar
1955 Fam Sedan

Last journal entry: I FOUND IT!!
Last photo:
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Worshingtun State
Posts: 10
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Frame replacement

I have a '55 Fairlane that I'm working over and I need to see if someone could give me some advice on something I've been pondering...hmmm, frame? yes, it's to do with my frame. The frame that I have on her is deteriorated to the point where I don't even want to even think 'restore'. But I was wondering this. Newer frames tend to be more durable and trustworthy in genteral and I need something more sturdy.

I'm chopping the top off of her and I am concerned because she's a fourpack, 4dr. I was looking at a couple options. Would something like this work? Either one off of a '92 Caprice or Crown Vic? Here's the specs that I was working with:

'55 Fairlane
o/L 198.5"
wht 3155#

'92 CrownVic
wb 114"
wdth 77.8"
o/L 212"
weight 3780#

Could something like this work? Or would I be digging my own rusty grave?

I appreciate the input from anyone and everyone


Last edited by Idriveatincan; 10-17-2005 at 01:01 PM. Reason: weird looking
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 10-18-2005, 10:51 AM
farna's Avatar
Last wiki edit: AMC V-8s Last photo:
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Batesburg-Leesville, SC
Age: 55
Posts: 1,716
Wiki Edits: 14

Thanks: 0
Thanked 26 Times in 24 Posts
Think modern truck frame if you want a stornger frame. The big Chevy frame is weak in the middle. Basically it's two sturdy sub frames with light weight connectors. If the Crown Vic isn't a unit body it's likely the same way. So are late 60s Chevelles and such. The body is sturdy enough they don't need heavy frames like the old cars. Since you're getting rid of the roof, a late model pickup might be the ticket. You have lots of options there, from S-10 to full size. Do some measuring and see what can be made to fit. Easy enough to lengthen or shorten, width will be the big issue.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Recent Suspension - Brakes - Steering posts with photos

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name (usually not your first and last name), your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Please select your insurance company (Optional)


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
59 Chevy pickup frame woes! Li'l Pine Suspension - Brakes - Steering 33 07-08-2009 08:24 PM
Nova rear frame replacement straight6nova67 General Rodding Tech 7 01-05-2006 09:35 AM
Cantilever system for air bags 53LEDSLED Suspension - Brakes - Steering 17 12-05-2004 03:26 PM
Patch panel replacement on frame or rotisserie? GMW Body - Exterior 2 10-08-2003 06:15 PM
Body & Frame question ruiner808 General Rodding Tech 7 09-14-2003 05:54 AM

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:17 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 1999 - 2012. All Rights Reserved.