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who makes weld in frame plates?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by RockinChevy, Nov 15, 2006.

  1. RockinChevy

    RockinChevy 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Who makes weld-in frame plates, for areas other than the steering box location?
    I have a crack at the upper rear shock mount (stock location, passenger side) and it's getting longer. Right now the crack is 3 inches long and about 1/8 wide. Does anybody know where I can purchase the plate from so I can have someone weld it in for me?
    If the frame was straight, it would be easy to just weld in a flate plate. If you guys look at your stock shock mount, you'll see the frame curves in to make clearance for the shock to mount up.

    Chevy shops want $600 for 3 hours of fabbing and 10 hours of welding. No way I'm letting them weld for 10 hours, even let alone weld for 2 hours and f**k around for 8 more hours. They told me to check around, they've heard of places that fab the plates but couldn't name one....
     
  2. goldwing2000

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    If you get a flat plate, then tack weld it top and bottom to the outside of the frame, then you can heat it with a torch and bend it around the curve, tack welding as you go.

    Other than that, just v-out the crack and weld it together. It's generally a pretty low-stress area, so it shouldn't need a ton of reinforcement.
     
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    A local steel yard sells cage floor plates (they have 3x3 and 4x4") for hella cheap... I just use them. I don't deal with bends, but a torch + some giant crescent wrenches could bend them to fit simple curves.

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    v-out? what's that???
     
  5. goldwing2000

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    Grinding out the crack at a 45° angle so the weld penetrates better.
     
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    I don't care much for that bend in that spot, I'm never mounting shocks in that location. I wouldn't mind if that bolt hole was covered up. I already have the DIY inboarding shock crossmember installed and shocks back on.

    I just want the cheapest method (which I originally thought would be buying weld in plates) and get it welded and done for. I haven't 4wheeled since the first week of October and I got the itch to wheel again since AZ weather is nice.
     
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    Ahhhh got it. :thumb: Thanks for the clear up.
     
  8. goldwing2000

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    Well, crap... in that case, just cut out the bend and weld in a flat plate.

    But I honestly think that if you drill a hole at the end of the crack, V it out and weld up both the crack and the shock hole, you'll probably never have another problem with it.
     
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    So you're saying a plate won't really be necessary?
     
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    'Zactly.
     
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    :thinking: ..... not a bad idea. I'll check around for a welder and git-er-done.

    Thanks goldwing!
     
  12. goldwing2000

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    Any time! :D
     
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    I would plate it anyway. There is a reason it cracked in the first place. It doesnt have to be a huge plate or cover the entire area but plate it. Drilling the hole will stop the crack, the V will allow for good penetration and you should be golden.
     
  14. goldwing2000

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    Well, it cracked in the first place because the shock was there. If he welds up the crack AND the shock hole, it should take care of it.

    Welding a plate definitely wouldn't hurt but $600 seems a bit spendy.
     
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    A plate to me is a pice of flat stock 4" X6", hell even 3"X4". Im just not a fan of having to do stuff more than once.
     
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    The crack came from the heavy compression load from jumping my Blazer 4 feet in the air at that wash with the chewed up bank from the heavy rains.

    Both top mounts are ripped from the frame. This is the only visible crack I see that is growing longer little by little... so I talked around and they all said plate it, but I guess they didn't know I won't be using that same location anymore.
     
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    Ahhh, didnt anyone tell you Blazers arent made to jump :D . Your insane!
     
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    :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:

    Well, it wasn't meant to be. I thought I knew the trail too well and just punched right through.... not good when I got beer with me!
     

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