Did some more paint stripping on the Tub and started working on replacing metal where the roll bar mounts. I'll Por 15 the inside of the body and weld in the new plate. later I plan to try Eastwood's inside frame coating inside the rails of the tub and frame....
Here's the Frame the way I got it, les some parts I removed. You can also see the new parts I decided to buy. The frame didn't have a rear cross member, and most of the body mount wings were in poor shape....
The frame did come with the front frame plates on it. I guess that's not a bad thing as I'll be going with a Chevy V8 for this build...
If someone made the crossmember that goes in front of the fuel tank I'd be tempted to get one, but it doesn't look like they are made so I'll repair the original.
Lastly... Does anyone know what the removable angle channel is that screws to the center crossmembers pictured here (removed at an angle) ?
Hi Guys, I started work on the frame again last light. removing paint, grim & rust getting ready to install the rear cross member. I'm trying to determine how to line up the new body mount wings as the factory manual only provides a few measurements. I think the centerline may be key.... Any ideas?
No, I'm not concerned with mounting the cross member. Some of my body mount wings are rotted out on the frame so I'll be replacing all of them. I'm trying to determine how to get the new ones in the correct locations with the minimal measurements in the factory service manual.
I have done a ton of those replacements using those body mounts you have there and you have to really line them up and do one at a time.
Draw a center line to the frame from the hold in the rotten mount, then measure to the center from the frame and cut off what you don't need on the replacement pieces (if applicable).
Then cut the old one off and tack in the new one, get measurements, make sure it is good, burn it in.
Or, you can cut off 2, one on the left/right, mount the tub, line up all the other 10 mounts and do the work to the 2 you cut off and you get an exact fit to your tub.
This is lots of extra work, but it will be perfect tub to frame.
Also consider the height of the mounts where they are... you can keep them as is (measure to make sure), or weld them up an inch higher and get a built in body lift without pucks.
I did as Craig mentioned with marking the frame perpendicular to the frame and going through the center of the mount. I also had mine welded on an inch higher to get that "body lift" that was mentioned.