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Yesterday 07:59 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by 496CHEVY3100 View Post
Can you use a 1951 2 DR sedan frame ,,Complete car 900 ,
Not without a good deal of modification. It also would not be one of the frames that had the stiffeners in the frame rails. Thanks for looking though.

John
Yesterday 07:51 PM
Too Many Projects Everyone, cross your fingers that John finds a good donor frame...
Yesterday 07:39 PM
496CHEVY3100 Can you use a 1951 2 DR sedan frame ,,Complete car 900 ,
Yesterday 07:27 PM
John long A fellow just posted a 53 hardtop tonight for sale. He is supposed to send me some pictures tomorrow. The price is right and it is only about 90 miles from here. Got my fingers crossed.

I got the trunk area cleaned up today. Tomorrow I am going to get some more all-thread and cut the tack welds loose holding the front and back together. Then I can pick the body shell up and trial fit the trunk floor.




Yesterday 06:36 PM
Stick895 Well, the guy that runs Classic Cars of South Carolina had a 53 coupe. He apparently is not inclined to deal but maybe if enough of us went by, ya know?
Yesterday 06:02 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
Ouch, if you had that sand blasted all that would be left is holy tin foil.

You're too far in to give up now. Maybe something will pop up local over the summer.

David seems to find all kinds of cars, have him join the hunt...
You got it Mitch. The perimeter frame for a Hardtop and convertible are reinforced inside the box so I could add the convertible crossmember to a hardtop frame id I can't find a ragtop frame. (Which I highly doubt).

A Sedan frame does not have this 1/4 inch plate in the top.
Yesterday 05:00 PM
Too Many Projects Ouch, if you had that sand blasted all that would be left is holy tin foil.

You're too far in to give up now. Maybe something will pop up local over the summer.

David seems to find all kinds of cars, have him join the hunt...
Yesterday 04:12 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by deadbodyman View Post
Well John, I don't see you buying a new frame and don't think you'd be happy splicing 2x4 tube to your old frame...I can however see you getting some original pieces and welding them in, making an undetectable repair.
I thought so to Mike but it is to far gone for that. i would have to replace 3/4 of it at least. There are just too many places that look like this. This GM top hat style frame lets the water just sit on the lip after the floor goes away.

John

Yesterday 04:29 AM
deadbodyman Well John, I don't see you buying a new frame and don't think you'd be happy splicing 2x4 tube to your old frame...I can however see you getting some original pieces and welding them in, making an undetectable repair.
04-15-2014 09:17 PM
Too Many Projects DVAP shows a couple dozen '53 & 54's on their website, no converts tho.
One is a panel truck and 2 wagons. would they have the heavier convert frame ?

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04-15-2014 08:39 PM
Dragonoake
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Originally Posted by John long View Post
I also supported the rear of the car with 3/8 all-thread.
Wouldn't it ride better on springs?

You've spent the past year showing off fabrication skills that most of us are barely worthy to even look at, and you're worried about whether you can build a frame??
You are too bloody modest
04-15-2014 08:38 PM
1971BB427 I guess finding a convertible frame might be impossible. So I'd guess getting another frame and putting your parts into it might be easiest. But from what I see of your work, I doubt easy would really enter the decision process. I'd think you'll go for best, not necessarily easiest!
04-15-2014 08:24 PM
carolinacustoms Looking great John, you are a true inspiration. On the bright side, all the rust makes less to cut out for replacement

Any chance you will be at the F100 nationals next month?

Kelly
04-15-2014 08:23 PM
jeremy bilbrey John, you never cease to amaze me with the work your accomplishing on this build. amazing stuff buddy.
04-15-2014 08:18 PM
John long I don't have a lot to post but wanted to take a minute to give a short update.

I did finish getting all the undercoating out from under the car and in the wheel wells. I also supported the rear of the car with 3/8 all-thread.



Now that there is no undercoating left I don't have to worry about starting any fires. I have cut out the tail pan under the deck lid and removed the splash apron and started cleaning out the area where the trunk floor will go in.







Also, I ordered an EMS front left quarter panel, Splash apron, and the RH mate to my front floor pan a couple of days ago. I really am excited to get back on this thing and make some more progress.

My biggest downer is the frame is looking worse and worse. I have three options.

One, find another convertible frame

Two, find a hardtop frame and put my center section in it.

Three, go ahead and take the 2 x 4 square tubing my friend offered me and make a frame. I have never done this but think I could if I had to.

We will see.

John
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