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Old 10-17-2005, 12:56 PM
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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


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Old 10-18-2005, 10:51 AM
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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.
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