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Old 02-24-2003, 05:28 AM
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Post Need some parts for my 40 Frame

If anyone is updating their 40 frame and has the braces that go from the frame to the X member, I need them! These are the braces closest to the front of the car, with several large holes punched in them. Appears that mine have snagged a stump or something in their past life!!

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Randy, The 35 thru 40 have the same basic frame deminsions. There are some small differences in the bolt holes etc, but the braces you reference should be the same, so you can expand your area of search. There are a few things you can do and I will list them in the order I would do them. 1. These braces are made out of sheet metal that is just under 1/8" thick. Get the dimensions of the damaged part you want replaced and take them to a sheet metal place and have them cut and bent the mwtal way you need them. Then mark and cut out the old, butt weld in (or make patch larger and lap) and cut out the new metal to give you the complete origional holes. 2. Remove the old braces (not to hard if the body is off the frame, very difficult if not) take to sheet metal place and have made (not cheap). If you do this tack weld a piece of angle iron from side rail to side rail, top and bottom to keep anything from moving when you remove braces 3. Check Bob Drake, Dennis Carpenter, or Obsolete Ford Parts right there in Oklahoma city for repro parts. 4. Check with Chassis Engineering to see if their braces fits the stock frame (I think they do). The reason I go with number one is the frame members stay rigid and you don't have to remove rivets, which are tough to do. Also does not matter if body is not off frame. Good luck.

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Thanks. I suspect the frame is already tweaked a little out of shape due to damage on the existing braces. Any guide lines on how to measure and get the frame square and true again?
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Since you are going to fabricate frame parts, I'm wondering if you can make new inner frame rails out of 1 x 2 x 1/8" wall tubing. I've seen aftermarket frames at the rod shows and in the magazines done this way. Look at the frame catalogs and study the way the frames are assembled. They have a real neat and clean look to them. Just a thought.

Do you have frame specs?

You need to set the frame above a level floor, (or in my case I have 16' x 2 x 4 steel tubing that is straight) and measure from the level surface to the frame in insure the frame is not twisted. Then w/ an assistant measure from corner to corner to make sure it's not diamond shaped. Make several measurements from different areas. Street Rodder has shown how to do this in a recent issue.

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