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Frame swap on a fleetline?

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Whats the best frame to replace my frame with on my 1950 chevy 2 door fleetline? my frame is trashed and I think it would be cheaper just to swap it with another one..

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Go find another original frame. But I would put money on it, fixing yours is what I would do. What is "trashed" to you?

A frame swap saves you NOTHING. It could be called a "Money swap", "Time swap" or "work swap". It simply SWAPS money, time and work that you would spend on your frame or another original frame to modifying some frame that doesn't go to your car to make it "fit".


I was out at the Goodguys yesterday and looked at a number of "frame swaps", I have to tell you most were HIDEOUS. Chopped up inner fenders and radiator supports, ungainly looking supports welded to the frame, they just looked like hell!

There is NO frame that FITS your car but the one designed for it. Stay with an original frame and when your car is done you will have a 1950 Chevy Fleetline instead of a 1980 Impala with a 50 Chevy body on it that is worth crap.

This trend of swapping frames is ruining more classic cars than the hard top racing in the forties and fifties did!

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I have seen those frames rotted out under the front doors.. there may be no viable fix if that is the damage.. but '49-'52 Chevy passanger car frames will work.. go '51-'52 and it'll have better brakes
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Go find another original frame. But I would put money on it, fixing yours is what I would do. What is "trashed" to you?

A frame swap saves you NOTHING. It could be called a "Money swap", "Time swap" or "work swap". It simply SWAPS money, time and work that you would spend on your frame or another original frame to modifying some frame that doesn't go to your car to make it "fit".


I was out at the Goodguys yesterday and looked at a number of "frame swaps", I have to tell you most were HIDEOUS. Chopped up inner fenders and radiator supports, ungainly looking supports welded to the frame, they just looked like hell!

There is NO frame that FITS your car but the one designed for it. Stay with an original frame and when your car is done you will have a 1950 Chevy Fleetline instead of a 1980 Impala with a 50 Chevy body on it that is worth crap.

This trend of swapping frames is ruining more classic cars than the hard top racing in the forties and fifties did!



Brian
Wow, well said thanks. It sounds like you know a lot about oldies. The car is rare in the sence , the frame is rusted more then the body. Up north it's hard to find a frame for a car this old! I guess the search for a frame will continue! Thanks again
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I have seen those frames rotted out under the front doors.. there may be no viable fix if that is the damage.. but '49-'52 Chevy passanger car frames will work.. go '51-'52 and it'll have better brakes
I will look for something similar, thanks..
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...hard top racing in the forties and fifties...
What about the convertible racing of the mid-50's? A LOT of cars got hacked up for that- not that they'd be worth anything after being circle track raced anyway, but still...
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Wow, well said thanks. It sounds like you know a lot about oldies. The car is rare in the sence , the frame is rusted more then the body. Up north it's hard to find a frame for a car this old! I guess the search for a frame will continue! Thanks again
There are plenty of old Chevys that can donate a frame for your ride but they won't show up on your front door...you have to go out and look.

Try the HAMB classifieds...go to the Pile-Up and ask around. Call Kevin Tully @ Hot Rod Chassis and Cycle in Addison 630-458-0808... there's a new show in September that at the fairgrounds in Morris, Il that will take the place of The Pile-up... head there. Go to swap meets... connect with fellow rodders... those cars are still plentiful.
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There are plenty of old Chevys that can donate a frame for your ride but they won't show up on your front door...you have to go out and look.

Try the HAMB classifieds...go to the Pile-Up and ask around. Call Kevin Tully @ Hot Rod Chassis and Cycle in Addison 630-458-0808... there's a new show in September that at the fairgrounds in Morris, Il that will take the place of The Pile-up... head there. Go to swap meets... connect with fellow rodders... those cars are still plentiful.
Hey thanks for the info! I will check it out...
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Sometimes we just need to spend some time. It isn't like getting a catalog and your credit card out and jumping on the phone and ordering it. These old car parts ARE available out there. There were ZILLIONS of these cars made and there are ZILLIONS of parts cars out there. Hell, try working with something REALLY rare like a 20's Buick Roadster. Once you get into the "community" you will find parts for everything you can imagine, even the super rare cars.

Something as common as your Chevy, like my Chevy pickup I hung around a few forums that specialized in the truck. I asked around a little and no time I found a super nice original frame for a fair price right near my brothers home and he picked it up for me and it is in my back yard right now.

Just spend some time and you will find one.

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