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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-09-2008, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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I’m looking for suggestions on repairing the front right frame rail on my ’66. Everything else on the frame rail looks solid up to the area in front of the shock towers. Looks like years of leaking batteries have taken its toll. Has anyone had success using partial frame patch panels or welding boxing plates around the frame?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-09-2008, 08:58 PM
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you can buy a new frame rail and apron panel and weld them in or you can cut out the rust and patch them. Just depends on how much work you want to do and how you want it to look when you are finished. It is something you can certainly do your self. Good luck.

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My 65 Fastback had a rot spot in the l/s front frame rail about the size of a golf ball, I purchased a replacement section & cut off the piece I needed & welded it in.


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What gauge steel would you recommend for creating the frame patch panels? I'm not concerned with looks, more so with the structural integrity. The section that is rusted is the point where the lower strut rod attaches.
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If you search the mustang monthly web site they did a similair repair when they did the core support IIRC
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I just finished making some of the same repairs. I bought a piece of 1/8 inch steel cut it to the size I needed and welded it in. It's a little thicker than the original metal but how can that be bad? I bought the lower shock tower patches but ended up cutting them up and using them differently than they where designed for. Could have saved money just buying the steel.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-10-2008, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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Dave,
I found the link on mustang monthly regarding the frame repair. Exactly what I was looking for.

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On my 67 coupe, I had the front driver side inner and outer rail sections rusted completely through at the bumper bracket location.

I cut off the whole front rail in front of the shock tower and trimmed a replacement frame rail section to fit. The thickness matched original nearly perfectly. It was actually surprisingly easy for a novice welder like myself.

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