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  • Should I replace the frame, or the frame rails?

    I've been working on my Avanti for a couple of months now. I replaced the hog troughs and pulled the body. Once the body was pulled I came to the realization that the frame rails could not be salvaged. They are rusted almost completely though there the rear bracket mounts to the frame I know where I can get replacement rails for $800-$900. I also know of a avanti frame the should be rust free that will be available in June. Problem here is I would like to be driving in June and not waiting on a frame.
    So here is the question. Has anyone ever replaced the frame rails? If so how hard and long of a job is it? Does anyone know of a reasonably priced frame that is currently available? I'm trying to find out what will be the best in the long run and the most economically reasonable in the end.

    Thanks
    Shaun


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    You're probably better off waiting for the complete frame, as long as it's good and solid. While you can certainly replace the frame rails, you would also require jigs and fixtures to hold everything in place as the cross members and attaching points are added, plus you need precise measurements on where everything gets attached. That could tax even an experienced body shop if they have the equipment.

    I'm not saying it can't be done...it certainly can. Figure in the time, effort and labor costs compared to finding a good frame that only requires cleaning and painting before dropping the body on.




    Poet...Mystic...Soldier of Fortune. As always...self-absorbed, adversarial, cocky and in general a malcontent.
    Poet...Mystic...Soldier of Fortune. As always...self-absorbed, adversarial, cocky and in general a malcontent.

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    • #3
      quote:Originally posted by jenovi

      I've been working on my Avanti for a couple of months now. I replaced the hog troughs and pulled the body. Once the body was pulled I came to the realization that the frame rails could not be salvaged. They are rusted almost completely though there the rear bracket mounts to the frame I know where I can get replacement rails for $800-$900. I also know of a avanti frame the should be rust free that will be available in June. Problem here is I would like to be driving in June and not waiting on a frame.
      So here is the question. Has anyone ever replaced the frame rails? If so how hard and long of a job is it? Does anyone know of a reasonably priced frame that is currently available? I'm trying to find out what will be the best in the long run and the most economically reasonable in the end.

      Thanks
      Shaun


      Sal and I have 2 frames available in California as we speak, but have some interest in both. If they are not sold, we are looking at 2K each.

      JDP/Maryland
      JDP Maryland

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      • #4
        JDP I'm going to California this week and would be interested. Can you give me some more information?

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        • #5
          Shaun-

          Here's another one up for grabs incase you missed it:

          http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...TOPIC_ID=39407

          http://community.webshots.com/user/s...host=community

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          • #6
            quote:Originally posted by wcarroll@outrageous.net

            Shaun-

            Here's another one up for grabs incase you missed it:

            http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...TOPIC_ID=39407

            http://community.webshots.com/user/s...host=community
            The prices are on the studebaker swap page. From memory the frame was $425.
            pb

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