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who says boxing in the frame was hard?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by SCOOBYDANNN, Jun 10, 2005.

  1. SCOOBYDANNN

    SCOOBYDANNN 1/2 ton status

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    This is officially my second customer.

    all done with the body on and everything hooked up. we are about half way done and the only thing moved moved was the fuel/brake lines.

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    whatcha think?
     
  2. ntx78k5

    ntx78k5 1/2 ton status

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    You did that with the body still on the frame? How long did it take you?
     
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    looks good. but how do you get to the body mounts in case you need to get to them?
     
  4. SCOOBYDANNN

    SCOOBYDANNN 1/2 ton status

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    taking our time it has been 2 days and we are to the half way point. engine compartment will be tricky, and we're going to fix the steering box area by repairing the already cracked frame and boxing it with sleeved bolt holes.

    the guy is making it a lowrider so we are also going to box the a-arms and 4 linking the rear w/ airbags. (that won't be till later though.)

    oh, body mounts are bolted in through the top.
     
  5. trailblazr81

    trailblazr81 1/2 ton status

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    How much and what kinda performance difference will I notice? It looks cool, and I would like to box mine, but I want to know if I will really notice a big change, and if its needed.
     
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    Put in a well designed cage tied into the frame and you will get the same effect. If I understood correctly, he was boxing the frame on a 2WD that will be using an airbag set up. That is definitely the way to go w/ a street cruiser. For 4x4 applications, I'd suggest a full cage tied into the frame. However, boxing in the front frame section where the steering box goes is a MUST IMO in all 73-89 chev pickups/SUV's. The way he is doing it sounds like it will be pretty dang stout too.

    Just my $0.02.
     
  7. diesel4me

    diesel4me 1 ton status Premium Member

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    double frame...

    I saw a pulling truck a guy had--he used peices of another frame with all the brackets and hangers removed to box in the frame instead of flat plate!--he welded the 2 back to back.,so it became rectangular tube instead of a "C" channel!..it must have been very heavy...but it never broke!.. :crazy:
     
  8. 73k5blazer

    73k5blazer Unplug the matrix cable from the back of your head Premium Member

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    Man, I'm so jealous of you southerners. That underbody is spotless compared to ours. I replaced all my brake lines 4 years ago, and 1 already rusted through the other day! Doing a box job like that, with body on is just impossible, you could never coat those welds good enough to protect from conditions here.
    Looks good though.
     
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    KEWL :bow:

    You must have a plasma cutter handy, huh :pimp:
     
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    Ditto! I almost crapped my pants when I saw that clean frame, under body, spring hangers! GOD I see what I am missing! :crazy:
     
  11. SCOOBYDANNN

    SCOOBYDANNN 1/2 ton status

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    I only wish we had a plasma, but for right now we have a well tuned oxy/ace and a few grinding disks. :D

    chevy frames are designed to flex. thats fine for normal driving and light off road. boxing the frame gets rid of almost all of it. one thing i have learned is go all or nothing. don't do just portions. i did that on my previous truck and boxing just portions ultimately killed my frame.

    i think a well designed cage AND box will be the ultimate in getting rid of frame flex. I will definately do this to my own truck.
     
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    man i wish mine was that clean.everything has a coating of rust mixed with rusting paint.lol.nice box job.
     
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    Take some pics.. :grin:
     
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    That is a very nice rustless frame. My body and frame has gone past the normal rust color and starting to get black. Rot is not far off.
     
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    Oh, here they are...:D
     
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    2 whole dead threads just for that :D
     
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    Looks good, Nice welds :thumb:
     
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    :D Oops.
     
  19. m-4x4-chevy

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    Here in Arizona, you don't even have to paint things under the truck. Nothing ever rusts.
     
  20. 76zimmer

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    And I thought I had a good clean frame for my project...
     

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