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Old 04-20-2004, 05:57 PM
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Stretch or custom chassis

I'm planning on using a late model Caprice Classic (ex cop car) as a "donor". V8, nice big discs, Heavy duty suspension, power everything, etc.

Problem is that the chassis is about 2 feet too short. Current options are: (1) cut and extend the chassis; (2) totally custom chassis or (3) cut off the front and rear portions of the frame and connect them with a custom chassis pieces, allowing me to retain all mounting points (kinda like having front and rear subframes).


thoughts, other options, etc???????????

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Old 04-20-2004, 06:40 PM
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Kind of hard to answer that with no info about what it is your working on.
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It's an older Citroen(sp?) that I'm turning into a hot rod.
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Old 04-21-2004, 11:07 AM
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i would cut the frame in half and extend it with a peice of channel roughly the same as the inside deminsions. make it extend about a foot inside each side and weld it in. you have to keep everything straight. measure your diagonals
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Since channel usually has square edges, and the frame rails are normally have a raduised bend, I would use square tubing. You could do it by removing the center sections and installing the replacements. Like was said, measure closely. You need to make sure that everything is square and aligned.
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yeah i would agree with the tubing. get very thick stock. also, make sure there are some good size holes in each side of the frame so you can weld those in as well. boxing it in in that area wouldn't hurt nothin either
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