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Old 06-14-2009, 02:34 PM
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Need frame advice

Hey all!

I am in the process of doing a build on a 1967 Buick Skylark. After removing the body from the chassis I discovered that the drivers side frame rail was pushed back a little more than two inches and as a result the frame was a diamond. I took it to a local frame shop and they were able square it up for me but noted that it was not leveling up, they tell me that the weight of the car will resolve this problem (I am unsure if that is true). I got the chassis home and and placed it on a pair of steel tubes spanned between jack stands and leveled everything up. the front end is completely square and level. On the rear end the drivers side is level with the front end but the passengers side rear is 1 1/8" high at the jack stand. If I set on that corner it levels everything out but it takes a good 100+ of weight to bring it down. The question that I have is how do I fix this? I am planning on adding a rear cross-member, boxing the fame notching 1 1/2" per side for wider tires and adding an Art Morrison style x-brace to the center bay of the frame but before I begin this work I need advice on this situation.


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Old 06-14-2009, 05:05 PM
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I think the frame shop should have had it level and square before they gave it back to you...since you are going to be doing a lot of work on it it would be best to use a heavy frame dolly google chris davenport willys and see his build picts on the metalshapers web site. You can use temporary pieces of iron to tack it to the jig then clamp.. pull ..bend it to get it to sit straight when you rear half it.... bruce mckenzie has a lot of picts on the willys pickup he is building on this site.
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