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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-18-2018, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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Crushed Frame Rails

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I need some advice on my frame rails. I bought this 66 about a half a year ago and the previous owner seemed to like to go off-roading in it as the frame rails on the front are a bit crushed in on the bottom. I am installing frame connectors and need them to be flat so I can secure them to the frame rail. What would you recommend to do to “square up” the frames?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-18-2018, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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To add to my question,
The frame rails on the front aren’t that badly crushed in, they just are not perfectly flat. The car is in awesome shape just some slightly crushed in frames. Any advice would be great! Thanks
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I have the same problem and haven’tt fixed mine yet. .

Some cut off a portion of the frame rails, straighten them, and weld them back on.

Others cut back the floor to get to the inside of the frame rail and them weld the floor back up

Other drill out the spot spot welds to completely remove the frame rail extensions and then repair or replace.

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-18-2018, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah that’s what I was thinking. I think I solved the problem. I am going to weld some angle iron on the frame rails to make it square as well as add some strength. I think it will work good as long as I can get the angle iron welded on properly and securely.
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Using a bottle jack etc... are common reasons for those depressions.

Mine had those indents, and I'm the one who put them there. But it was 1983 and I was young and dumb. Now just older and less dumb
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Hello All,
I need some advice on my frame rails. I bought this 66 about a half a year ago and the previous owner seemed to like to go off-roading in it as the frame rails on the front are a bit crushed in on the bottom.
Thanks
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I'm assuming you are talking about the bottom of the floor supports as opposed to the front frame rails? Post some pics of the areas in question.
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Most likely the OP is talking about the floor supports. Quite a few of us used those as jacking points over the years and lived to regret it. Mine are the same way - looks like I've been off roading a few times. One of these days I'll have to get them repaired/replaced.



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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-21-2018, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah I was talking about the floor supports. They aren’t that bad, just allowing for a bad Purchase area for frame connectors. Got it figured out by welding a peice of angle across it to strengthen and square it up. And hold the frame connectors. Thanks for the help!
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-24-2018, 06:48 PM
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Mine are dented up too, but they are straight. I didn't worry about it. I did weld in Global West tubular subframe connectors. They make excellent jack points themselves especially toward the center where I can lift the whole side of the car up with my super high speed racing floor jack (aluminum no less) from Harbor Freight. If you are worried about the dents then take thicker flat sheet metal (1/8 to 3/16), cut to shape and weld that in to hide the dents. Oh dents add character!

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