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Frame rail repair

January 29 2014 at 8:14 PM
  (Login bbfordfan)
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I'm looking at a 1963 falcon to build into a street/strip car and the rear frame rails need some work. Any one no anyone that has tackled this before? One has been patched before and is getting weak and the other side is tweaked! Just wondering how hard of job this is? Thanks in advance

 
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Re: Frame rail repair

January 29 2014, 10:03 PM 

Considering how tiny early Falcon rear wheelwells are, as long as the rest of the car is fairly solid, and you do want a street/strip car, sounds like a good condidate for a 2x3 tube "back half" chassis job.

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Dr Mabuse
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Rust? ...

January 30 2014, 1:22 AM 

... if it is rust, have an experienced body man look at it. A rust free car would likely be a much better choice.

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Sounds like Rory ...

January 30 2014, 4:01 AM 

has the answer for you. Solid and really improves the look. Those make for pretty cool car with a little work. Mike

 
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sounds like what mine was like

January 30 2014, 4:48 AM 

but mine was a lot worse.. my frame was actually roofing tin, pop rivets and inch of undercoating or roofing tar underneath.. I made a full frame from 2x3

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rear clip I made

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1962 Falcon 390 4speed

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woody's site how-to

January 30 2014, 5:51 AM 

here is an article on doing this. look now, as woody's site is going away feb 1st

http://www.woodyg.com/fairlane/finfo/frame/rearframe.html

 
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Anybody have contact information for Woody?

January 30 2014, 9:01 AM 

I've got some free server space, and I'd be willing to mirror the site for him, gratis, so the content isn't lost.

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on his site,

January 30 2014, 9:22 AM 

there was an email contact on his page, seems to be gone now. I've grabbed a lot of content from there for safe keeping, i hope he's receptive to the thought...

try the fairlane forums owners, these evolved from woody's site, these guys probably have contact info. Woody himself lives in state college, PA, i think

http://fairlaneforums.easyphpbb.com/profile.php?mode=email&u=4

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Dave Walters
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Drag Car? Remove and replace...

January 30 2014, 6:53 AM 

S&W Chassis out here in PA sells frame rail kits that follow the contour of factory floor pans. They fit inboard of the factory rails so once they are installed simply remove your orignal rusty ones and you have room for big tires without cutting up your entire floor. You'll have to call or visit their website to see if they have rails to fit your car.

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frame rail repair

January 30 2014, 8:27 AM 

If you want stock look at 65 mustang parts they may work.

 
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Re: frame rail repair

January 30 2014, 10:37 AM 

Mustang stuff is a close match and you can buy whole rails that go from the rear bumper to forward of the leaf spring front mount. I'm using those moved inward on my car.

 
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