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so how bad of an idea would it be...

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by beater_k20, Jul 24, 2006.

  1. beater_k20

    beater_k20 Banned

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    to plate over this area of my frame with 3/16" plate?

    it got pretty scarred up from removing the IFS, and i just dont like the way it looks. with all the gouges in it, it cant be as strong as original. if i ever get into another SFA swap, i'm going to invest in a torch (as i should have LONG ago).

    i'd like to plate them up, mainly for peace of mind knowing that they're good to go, as well as the aesthetics. the only thing, i have to mount a Ford tower here for the shocks.

    what are your thoughts on this idea?

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    beater_k20 Banned

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    and here's the area i'm thinking about plating.

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    yellowK20 Well Lubricated Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    you should be okay the way it is . but a little reinforcement couldn't hurt
     
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    Ditto yellow.

    Don't weld across the frame. Angle/taper the ends as much as possible. Also, it's gonna rust in there, unless you're in SoCal or AZ...plug welds wouldn't hurt.

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    yellowK20 Well Lubricated Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    I second that never weld vertically on a frame if possible and rounded corners on your plate would be good also
     
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    beater_k20 Banned

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    plug welds had definitely crossed my mind.

    why do you say not to weld across the frame? :confused:

    also, if i seal it off with welds (including the hole in the center) how is it going to rust?
     
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    1/8" would prolly be sufficient.

    It will rust due to condensation. Prolly thru not in your lifetime...

    Anytime you weld any kind of frame, weld lengthwise, with the frame. Across creates a fracture point.
     
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    yellowK20 Well Lubricated Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    and you want to avoid sharp corners on your patch plates because it can cause a stress point also, rounded corners were ever possible
     
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    beater_k20 Banned

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    rounded corners were the plan, as the frame dips in right there. which creates another problem... where i stopped on the front of my original drawing is where the frame starts to kick out. here's a pic to show...

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    yellowK20 Well Lubricated Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    in all honesty it will most likely be fine those gouges are not that bad some of the trucks running around up there have bigger rust pits than those . But if you really want to do it. make your panel look like a diamond and round off the corners about the same size as your origanal red drawing
     
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    pound to fit. :D
     

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