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Restoring my upper rear frame rails by chucks85fastback
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I'm in the process of replacing my rear frame rails and I rea this thread, http://www.fiero.nl/forum/A...060811-2-068409.html . Rubyredfiero used 2x2x.070 tubing. The closest I can find is 2x2x.083 or 2x2x.065. Which would be better/does that small of a difference even matter?

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Here is more information for you.

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My drivers side was ok but my passengers was rotted over the rear wheel. I ended up buying a frame section from Fgt1988 here on the forum who was parting out a car. He cut me a perfect repair piece which will let me make a pretty much factory repair. Nicer looking than a fabbed repair and probably stronger as well. Plus makes use of rust free parts that might otherwise go to scrap.
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My drivers side was ok but my passengers was rotted over the rear wheel. I ended up buying a frame section from Fgt1988 here on the forum who was parting out a car. He cut me a perfect repair piece which will let me make a pretty much factory repair. Nicer looking than a fabbed repair and probably stronger as well. Plus makes use of rust free parts that might otherwise go to scrap.


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Both of my sides are pretty rusted. Thanks for that link, I was trying to find that thread. Anyone know a good place to get steel?
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Report this Post07-08-2014 02:50 PM Click Here to See the Profile for chucks85fastbackClick Here to visit chucks85fastback's HomePageSend a Private Message to chucks85fastbackEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
So five months later.... the progress has been slow but steady. I've got both of the new rails welded in and patched up the trunk corners. All that's I have to do is give everything a coat of POR-15 and that pink stuff. Anyone know what it is? It looks like brushed on caulk. Im assuming they used it at the factory to seal seams in the sheet metal.
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It's called seam sealer. Any good auto parts store will have it in tubes for a caulking gun.
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Report this Post07-09-2014 04:14 PM Click Here to See the Profile for chucks85fastbackClick Here to visit chucks85fastback's HomePageSend a Private Message to chucks85fastbackEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Easy enough to remember, Thanks
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I never did see the answer for where to buy the stock to make new rails.
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Report this Post07-10-2014 04:59 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Arns85GTClick Here to Email Arns85GTSend a Private Message to Arns85GTEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Rubyredfiero fabricates them. Send him a pm. He is in Ontario
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Rubyredfiero fabricates them. Send him a pm. He is in Ontario


Awesome, thanks!

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I got my steel from an independent shop called Actron Steel. Most larger town probably have a place.

I also had a whole thread on the process:

http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum2/HTML/121544.html
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I ended up finding the steel for mine at Logan Steel in Meriden, CT. they sell it by the pound, cost like $20 or something.
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Originally posted by chucks85fastback:

So five months later.... the progress has been slow but steady. I've got both of the new rails welded in and patched up the trunk corners. All that's I have to do is give everything a coat of POR-15 and that pink stuff. Anyone know what it is? It looks like brushed on caulk. Im assuming they used it at the factory to seal seams in the sheet metal.


Please tell me you can weld? And not something like some members here do that looks like hen Sh!t on a pump handle ! I have seen some of the members who were self taught and posted pictures of their welds that just plain SCARE me ! Post some pictures of your work so we can see just how good a job you did.

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I unfortunatly dont know how to weld well at all. But I am fortunate enough to have a good friend who does and has been willing to help me as long as i provide some beers.
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Originally posted by chucks85fastback:

I unfortunatly dont know how to weld well at all. But I am fortunate enough to have a good friend who does and has been willing to help me as long as i provide some beers.




Glad to hear that ! I used to work for beer sometimes, now unfortunately I am only allowed 3 a week so I now work for weed !

Steve

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Here's some photos for ya, sorry theyre so big.

Origional rails:


Some welds on the new rail:


New rail in place:


New trunk sheet metal:



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