|Originally posted by carsandbikes87:|
I recently bought an 87 se for $500. It sat for 6 years, so I knew there was going to be problems, but I have a shop at my school that I can work on it in. once I got it on a lift and took the wheels off, I saw that both frame rails were rusted out, so I was just going to part it out, but after finding this forum I saw that people were re-building them. I asked my teacher if I should do it, but he said that if I were to be rear-ended the new frame rails wouldn't hold. what have your guys luck been with the re-builded rails? All try and post some pictures of it soon.
Yes picture help...
If the cradle or front cross-member... Replace them is better than fixing.
Car frame... Some here have done that... Sadly your teacher is correct in many cases. Many have no clue why most DIY frame fixes are often bad ideas.
Fix a bad area today only to rust, often fast, in other areas that looked ok for DIYers.
Many times Patches etc can cause many problems in a wreck. If
welds and patches hold up... OE Frame was design to fail with "crush zones" to keep the cabin intact as much as possible. Patching often makes the frame stiffer/softer than design and car will lose safety in a wreck.
Carefully watch Fiero Crash tests. (Youtube search, Get download tool and watch locally) You can see some of crush zone in action when you watch frame by frame on the video. Front test wrecks totally trashes the front but keep cabin mostly intact.
Dr. Ian Malcolm: Yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should.
The Ogre's Fiero Cave (It's also at the top and bottom of every forum page...)