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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-24-2019, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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Mustang Frame Repair (Please help!)

Today, my Dad took my car to get tuned and aligned. It nows purs like a kitten he told me. Unfortunately, when it got aligned it set the whole car into wack. The shop says that the frame is broken in the front. It drove fine before so I am really sad. Does anyone know a frame repair shop in the San Fernando Valley? I know no shops in Santa Clarita do frame repair. I really want to get my car back on the road near the end of school.

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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-24-2019, 07:39 PM
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Was your dad shown where the "frame" is broken? The term "broken" is pretty open ended. It could be as simple as cracked weld, or as severe as a critical bracket or mount torn loose from the front end. Without knowing the extent of the damage, it's tough to make a recommendation. I'm from your area and know several shops that might help, or at least steer you in the right direction.
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Hate to hear that, but listen to rhutt. “Broken frame” isn’t a very technical prognosis. Could mean many things. I would want to hear from the alignment shop a more specific definition, as well as them showing what they mean. A second opinion is always good too.

In the mean time, you could go crawl around it and see if you can see anything weird.

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I am betting one of the Shock towers is cracked. We need pics t9 be sure. There are lots of Mustang shops in your area that can easily fix the problem.

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The shop says that the frame is broken in the front.

A shop that would talk about a Mustang's frame obviously knows nothing about a Mustang. I wouldn't take my Mustang anywhere near that shop.
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So, I'm assuming your dad is the one who drove the car back from the shop, told you the engine was running nicely, but it didn't drive well because of the issue with the "broken frame"?
If the issue is "in the front", first thing I'd check would be the strut brackets. My guess is, during the alignment, one of them may have come loose from the frame rail.
There are a number of things it might be, but if it was in for an alignment, the majority of other alignment and steering related brackets are bolted on. The strut brackets are welded.
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I took the time to view the photos you uploaded when you established a garage here on VMF. The drivers side front end was crumpled pretty good! Was the "broken" frame associated with the collision that caused this external damage? If so, you are definitely going to need a good frame shop to measure the structure to ensure it is straight before addressing any of the body work.


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From the pictures, it's very likely that something important might be bent or broken in the front. Check the driver side first. https://forums.vintage-mustang.com/g...ehicle_id=9886

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Why speculate what it might be? Call the shop and ask them where the crack is or better yet, take the car back amd have them show you where the crack is. After all.......they found it.
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Yeah, it could be anything. If you're not able to get more help from the shop and figure out where the crack is, then post a video on Youtube for us of the inner and outter frame area, strut brackets, shock towers all the way back to the firewall. I bet it's somewhere on the LEFT side where the impact was. Probably not a huge deal.

It's a good learning situation, if anything. Don't get too down on your luck.

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If it "drove fine before" and now it doesn't, what did the shop screw up?

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The shop says that the frame is broken in the front.
A shop that would talk about a Mustang's frame obviously knows nothing about a Mustang. I wouldn't take my Mustang anywhere near that shop.
True. Mustangs are unibody. Strictly speaking, they don't have a frame. They are 'dumbing down' their description because they think you are uninformed, or stupid. They are either condescending, or worse.

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Time to get to know your car. Get your phone or camera out and take some pics under the hood. Take a pic that shows the gap between the drivers fender and door. Remove the front drivers side wheel and snap a couple pics of the fender apron and shock tower. Make sure there is some lighting so the pics will have clarity. Under the hood get pics of the shock tower and frame rail. Upload your pics here.
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My advice is to call your (or your dad's) insurance agent. They tend to know all the body shops in the area and can tell you who the good shops are from any number of angles e.g. price, workmanship, timely return of the car. THey deal with them on a regular basis.


Also, its not exactly easy to find a shop that can do a Mustang alignment correctly. Since tires have changed dramatically in 50 years, you do not want to use the factory alignment specs from Ford. Folks can point you to modern alignment specs...



If you want to take some photos of the frame we may be able to help with repair thoughts. By the way, have you ever poured water into the cowl openings at the bottom of the front window. Be interesting to know if water shows up in the carpet or comes out only behind the front wheels. It would tell us a little about the state of the car...


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So sorry if I haven't responded! I haven't been able to get online for some time! My dad had to get a taxi back to the house and go back to work after he got it aligned and tuned earlier that day. When he came home, he told me he was unable to drive the car home and we need to call a tow truck to get it from the shop. He also told me that the front right part of the frame is cracked. When it was aligned, I think something started to lean up against the cracked frame. When they took it to drive, the wheels did funky things and they stopped after driving it 10 ft. I don't have any pictures and am unable to get under the car for a picture myself. I will get some pictures later today and post them.

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