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Old 03-28-2006, 05:17 PM
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Frame rot in the Chevelle, what now?

After a long winter just went under the 71 chevelle to find paint peeling off the framerail.
I took all the paint in the area off and there is a rot hole.
Its about 3/4" long and 3/8ths an inch high.
Theres a little more rot arround the same area but its not through the frame yet.
The area in question is the part where the powersteering gearbox bolts to the frame, foreward of the engine mounts and a-arms and all that crap.

How much do I have to worry?

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It depends on how isolated it is. Is it just a localized area that held moisture or is the whole frame going to have other thin spots? A whole frame change may be in order. And remember the elCamino frames are a bit heavier so try to score a rust free on of those if you change out.
For localized rust out it can be patched.
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el Camino frames are longer......same as a wagon and 4 dr, I believe.
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Yep 2dr hardtops are 114 wheelbase and the convertable/elky/4dr rides on a 116inch wheelbase.
Looks like its just the area right there where the frame is boxed, guess it held moisture right under the heavy washer for the gearbo bolt and it just kinda started to rot.
Ive given the rest of the frame a good whacking with various hammers over the past couple months and the thing hasnt even dented let alone broken.
Just out of curiosity, a buddy of mine has a 140amp hobart mig welder, would that work to weld in a patch once I cut out the rot?

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