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Old 07-05-2018, 03:52 PM
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Frame strengthening

I'll be going to get my new frame tomorrow, hopefully it'll work out and it'll be a good one.
I'm thinking about the next step and want to preemptively weld in some reinforcements before painting the frame and installing the body.

I was thinking the areas around the front and rear control arm mounting brackets at least. Are there other places that need attention?

I don't want to have to buy anything, I have a plasma cutter and will be using 1/8" plate.

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Old 07-05-2018, 05:43 PM   #2
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If a frame is not rusted, I am unaware of any weak spots. Definitely take steps to prevent rust inside the frame.

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If a frame is not rusted, I am unaware of any weak spots. Definitely take steps to prevent rust inside the frame.
X 2. I drill 4 drain holes in the bottom of the frame before any water gets in.
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No need to strengthen the frame, it's fully boxed and fine as is.
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OK, sounds good. I'll drill out some 1/2" holes in the low spots where water is likely to collect.
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OK, sounds good. I'll drill out some 1/2" holes...
Sounds bigger than I'd think is necessary to let trapped water out.
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Sounds bigger than I'd think is necessary to let trapped water out.
I was thinking a slightly larger hole will remove debris as well.
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I was thinking a slightly larger hole will remove debris as well.
Yep. Mine are 5/8th's or 3/4th's. Get a step bit, works like a charm.
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Got the frame, it's like new. steering gear box mounting is different. But it is from a 4.0l so don't have to mess with that.

I'll start a build thread.
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Any hole large enough to drain debris is also large enough to collect debris, so you might be defeating your purpose.
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Any hole large enough to drain debris is also large enough to collect debris, so you might be defeating your purpose.
Nope. No bottom drain holes equal water that sits in the frame with nothing to do, but rot your frame.
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Do take a look at the rear upper control arm mounts. They tend to bend inwards over time (and looks of wheeling) and then tear the bracket from the top downward until they actually tear off completely. Perfect time to weld them if needed.

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