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Frame rot problems by Fadingaway
Started on: 04-09-2014 08:25 PM
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Last post by: James Bond 007 on 04-10-2014 11:58 AM
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Report this Post04-09-2014 08:25 PM Click Here to See the Profile for FadingawayClick Here to Email FadingawaySend a Private Message to FadingawayEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
The part of the frame on the driver's side that connects to the cradle is rotted out as in its no longer connecting the two its the one spot along with that trunk corner that has any rust I am considering taking a piece of 1/4 inch plate drilling some holes and sliding the plate inside the frame rail and bolting the plate to the frame and re attaching that mount to the frame with this "mounting plate" would this work or should I consider welding something to fix this
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Report this Post04-09-2014 08:43 PM Click Here to See the Profile for hercimer01Send a Private Message to hercimer01Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
IMHO weld it.
You may trust it but is it safe for other people,

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Report this Post04-09-2014 09:12 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Gall757Send a Private Message to Gall757Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Do you know how bad it is? There are probably areas that you cannot see that are rotted too.

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Report this Post04-10-2014 12:33 AM Click Here to See the Profile for FadingawayClick Here to Email FadingawaySend a Private Message to FadingawayEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Its not nearly that bad its actually just the drivers rear corner that got it after seeing the separation I went ahead and did a pretty through inspection i am an ordinary seaman i work on a boat for a living so rust repair, inspection and identification is part of the job description. It looks like a chemical got spilled there on that side, maybe a brake line blew? Nobody bothered to clean it and corrosion just had its way with that part of the car, the thickness in the rest of the rail and inside feel fine is why i suggested the bracket idea for a quick fix
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Report this Post04-10-2014 07:53 AM Click Here to See the Profile for DLCLK87GTSend a Private Message to DLCLK87GTEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Did you pull the tire off and remove the plastic wheel well liner to inspect the rail from beginning to end? If not I would before going any further.
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Report this Post04-10-2014 11:39 AM Click Here to See the Profile for 84fiero123Click Here to Email 84fiero123Send a Private Message to 84fiero123Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
You are from Indiana, what is commonly known as the rust belt, just what are they using for ice melt on the highways up there now?
I ask because it can be your problem, unless of course it has never and I mean never been driven in snow. that's rare because in the beginning these cars were driven in snow a lot when they were new, with the right snow tires they are actually quite good drivers as long as there is not to much snow on the road, they really don't have enough ground clearance to be good in deep snow, but do have the engine over the drive wheels just like all those FWD vehicles everyone is so happy with in the snow. me personally I hate them, FWD vehicles. They suck and throw even more crap onto the side of your car in winter than rear wheel drive cars. Because they are also your steering wheels and will throw even more crap on the sides of your car.

but to your problem, Weld it, and I am not just saying that because I am a welder. a good weld will hold much better than a few screws if it is done right. a bad weld will weaken the steel around the weld and make that the next place that's going to brake. always remove any covering on the steel to be welded, and make sure it is a good weld by a good welder, to thick a weld can be weak, to thin a weld can be weak, to hot a weld can weaken the surrounding metal.

just my 2 cents

Steve

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Report this Post04-10-2014 11:58 AM Click Here to See the Profile for James Bond 007Send a Private Message to James Bond 007Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
It would be better if you had it welded.
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