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Today 04:12 PM
John long
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.


Today 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.
Yesterday 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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Yesterday 08:39 PM
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
Yesterday 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!
Yesterday 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?

Yesterday 08:23 PM
jeremy bilbrey John, you never cease to amaze me with the work your accomplishing on this build. amazing stuff buddy.
Yesterday 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.

04-10-2014 08:04 AM
MARTINSR I am still utterly fascinated at the work this car needs that you are doing. I feel like a mere child on a friggin tricycle in my driveway. You are the man!

04-09-2014 11:44 PM
tapkoote Ever seen the movie True Grit?
You've got it John!
04-08-2014 09:52 PM
John long The last couple of days have been producted some good results but not a lot to look at.

I removed the stainless from the LH side and found an old repair done with Lead.

You can really see here the water stood on the stainless trim and rusted the quarter from the outside in.

Unfortunately the EMS quarter panel doesn't come up quite high enough to catch all this. I will have to add about 2'inches to the top.

After I get the undercoating stripped from the inside of the wheel wells and the stainless removed from the other side I can start trimming out the remaining remnants of the truck floot, trunk drop downs and get this trunk floor ready to go in. The inner wheel wells and inside of the quarters are much better than I expected.

Any good news is welcome.

04-08-2014 07:08 AM
carolinacustoms It is a 66 oldsmobile cutlass sports coupe. The roof and sail panels are same as a chevelle. Should make a nice car when finished. Owner is going back with a 455 roller engine and 6 speed trans backed up with a 3.36 posi.

04-08-2014 06:52 AM
Originally Posted by deadbodyman View Post
A 66-67 Chevelle SS ????

By the dash I was thinkin Cutlass 66-67.???
04-08-2014 06:11 AM
Originally Posted by carolinacustoms View Post
Holy Cow!!! I am sorry John, I didn't mean to take up the whole page

A 66-67 Chevelle SS ????
04-07-2014 08:29 PM
John long
Originally Posted by carolinacustoms View Post
I have considered buying a TIG myself John, but I always find something else to spend the cash on (or should I say SHE ). What I was trying to show was a simple, easy technique that some may not know to make complex pieces with simple tools that most everyone has. That is why I wanted to post it here, because that was the basis of your build. I can do okay with my MIG, but of course when but welding, it will have to be ground smooth either way.
Here are a few welds prior to grinding:

Very nice, and as you say, something the home builder on a budget can do.

Brian said a few weeks ago that any job could be done if it was broken down into small enough pieces. Your repair shows another example of that. There is nothing wrong with making a larger piece out of several smaller pieces.

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