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JDP
02-24-2006, 02:53 PM
Can anyone tell me what happened to this front crossmember to body ? (55 coupe)

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Roscomacaw
02-24-2006, 06:20 PM
You see, there's this bit of chemistry referred to as "oxidation". Metals less noble than gold and platinum have an inherent attraction to free oxygen. With a bit of moisture and maybe some salt (say from an icy road treated with sodium chloride) as a catalyst, the metals (in this case refined iron) will try to satisfy their yearning to marry with some oxygen molecules. Once they manage to do so, they go to pot. Sorta like so many of us do after we get married.[xx(]

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1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President 2-dr
1955 President State
1951 Champion Biz cpe
1963 Daytona project FS

Mike Van Veghten
02-24-2006, 06:51 PM
I'd say that's (Biggs) pretty much correct.

Added note: I'd say that is a crossmember from a car that's seen a full life of road salt. Notice the way it looks like a piece of wood that's split through the grain? That comes from lots'a moisture and most likely that moisture is from either ocean salt or road (snow) salt.
I've seen cars here in sunny (?) So. Cal., living outdoors at the beach, look like that after 6 or 8 years outside.

JDP
02-24-2006, 06:51 PM
The peeling back confused me, might be cycles of freeze and thaw.

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64 GT Hawk
64 R2 4 speed Challenger
63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk
63 Daytona Convert.
53 Street rod

Alan
02-24-2006, 08:35 PM
I see a number of problems there. One, it looks like some one cut with a saw about 3-4" off the end of the crossmember. And the body seems to either have been pushed upwards at the rockers or someone took a big truck and ran over the crossmember to flatten it out.

rockne10
02-24-2006, 08:36 PM
The plate appears pretty much intact so I would guess salts, in the air or on the road, attacked the spotwelds.