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What is the best way to fix this body problem?

I have a spot on the right side of my rear bumper where the frame is now showing through im going to upload a picture so you can see what it is an the problem will obviously be clearer once i post it. The car is a '68 Barracuda. One is a picture of the problem one is just a picture of the front of the car. Thank you in advance for your help.
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I am sorry, but I dont understand the question
maybe its just too early and i dont have enough coffee yet
hard to see in your pic what you are talking about
different pic and explanation might help
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Lol i figured the description would be trouble to understand what i was asking i apologize for that lol. Okay lemme try this again. I recently purchased a 1968 barracuda (Im currently overseas an cant take pictures so i rely on the people back home to take an send to me.) If you click on the picture of the back of the car then enlarge it you can see a spot on the back of the car towards the right corner where it has rusted through an the frame is now showing i was wondering what the best way to fix that is. Once i get back home can I square everything off back there, get the type of metal needed then weld it, and grind it smooth?? Also, after closer observation of the picture it appears the bottom of the framed has rusted off how do i fix that??? could i cut till i got to good metal the re weild the new metal up? Thank you for help
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yep, you got it right
you will just have to cut out the bad until you get to the good
and weld in some new metal
if its real bad, you can buy some repair pieces and just use the part of it you need or the whole thing
same thing for the frame, if its real bad you may have to find another one that is the same type and replace all or some of it
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alright. for the frame would i use still tubing as the new metal im putting in then weld it up, grind it smooth an powdercoat it?
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alright. for the frame would i use still tubing as the new metal im putting in then weld it up, grind it smooth an powdercoat it?
you bet, cut, weld, grind
use what ever type of steel is needed to recreate the original lines of the frame rails
box, channel, pipe, or just pieces of flat plate welded together to make the correct shape (this last one would be my best guess)
you can use the other side as a model if its still all there
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haha alright thank you very much. Now i have one or two more questions. what is YOUR definition of very bad or unrepairable? the reason it worries me is cause its a unibody car so i cant seperate the frame from the body an check the rest of it.
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hard to define
just start poking with a screwdriver on the body
if it goes through or bends easy its bad
same thing for the frame, but with a hammer
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Wear a heavy pair of leather gloves and poke around the frame with an old screwdriver trying to poke holes in it. Pay close attention to suspension mounting points, and also where the body is attached to the frame.
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Thank both of you very much for the advice so far. now it being a unibody car what are my options if something is that bad on the frame/body???? I've never done any kind of body work BUT i do have a good bit of friends that do paint and body an a very good friend of mine is an awesome welder. Im trying to figure out my best course of action and plan everything out that way once i return from overseas i will be organized an plan on starting a " project journal "
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Thank both of you very much for the advice so far. now it being a unibody car what are my options if something is that bad on the frame/body???? I've never done any kind of body work BUT i do have a good bit of friends that do paint and body an a very good friend of mine is an awesome welder. Im trying to figure out my best course of action and plan everything out that way once i return from overseas i will be organized an plan on starting a " project journal "
you will just have to get under the car and see whats bad and whats good
make a list of steel and parts you will need to do the repairs
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cut, weld, grind
use what ever type of steel is needed to recreate the original lines
I would start on the frame/susp. mounts and work my way up to the body
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well thank all of you once again for the knowledge and advice have a good one.
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I have a spot on the right side of my rear bumper where the frame is now showing through im going to upload a picture so you can see what it is an the problem will obviously be clearer once i post it. The car is a '68 Barracuda. One is a picture of the problem one is just a picture of the front of the car. Thank you in advance for your help.
The biggest problem I see is the dang thing is in YOUR yard and not mine
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Well, actually, its in my uncles yard haha. He's working on it until i return home from deployment then its on me lol.
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"deployment?"
If it applies, first of all, thanks for your service.

Cut, Weld Grind. That is the process.
Is it unrepairable? That is for you to decide. Anything can be done, given enough time and money.

I believe when you get down to it, almost any unibody car is just a bunch of odd shaped pieces of bent sheet metal spot welded together. They may use thicker sheet metal for structural parts, but it is still sheet metal.

This is a spot weld saw.

You can use it to drill out spot welds, and remove the body panels from each other.
To use it, you put a good centerpunch dimple in the center of the spot weld, and and then put the point of the saw in the center punch. Then you lightly press the saw into the metal until it cuts a guide groove, and then cut through the panel. Use a lubricant on it. I am cheap, I use oil from the last oil change for lubricating drills.
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