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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-04-2019, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Hi guys. I’m Mark with a 66 impala SS convertible

I’ve been checking out the site from time to time and can see that this is a valuable site with much to offer. I’m doing a frame off on my convertible and will be adding, replacing and updating almost everything.

I’ve been working on the frame for the last year and am ready to send the body out for metal work, floors and quarters. I’m looking forward actually getting to start installing and wrenching on things.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give and I’ll gladly share anything I have learned in my journey through this frame off.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-04-2019, 01:48 PM
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Please tell me that by working on the frame you mean painting and replacing bushings and suspension parts that wear.

A convertible relies upon a strong frame. That is why a convertible frame uses thicker metal, and has a deeper draw than a sedan or hard top frame. This is in addition to the central "X" brace that is riveted in place.

If you have a rusted out frame that you have been patching up I would consider buying a used replacement frame out of a desert junk yard. You really don't want the car to break in half when you open the doors. Of course Sacramento is bone dry and they don't salt the roads to get a lot of rust if your car was born and grew up in SoCal.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-04-2019, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Hi Dave. I’ll just tell you up front. This build will be a street / show Lowrider. So I’m sure you know what I’ve been doing now, wrapping and molding it and getting ready for paint, stripping and leafing.

Yes everything will be new and completely chromed out suspension. I am in California....lol
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Please tell me that by working on the frame you mean painting and replacing bushings and suspension parts that wear.

A convertible relies upon a strong frame. That is why a convertible frame uses thicker metal, and has a deeper draw than a sedan or hard top frame. This is in addition to the central "X" brace that is riveted in place.

If you have a rusted out frame that you have been patching up I would consider buying a used replacement frame out of a desert junk yard. You really don't want the car to break in half when you open the doors. Of course Sacramento is bone dry and they don't salt the roads to get a lot of rust if your car was born and grew up in SoCal.

Big Dave
My 66 vert is supposed to have an X brace??!!? Dammit, I don't remember seeing one.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-05-2019, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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My vert frame has no x brace and I don’t recall seeing them other 65/66 vert frames either. Maybe I’m not clear on what that is.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-05-2019, 09:16 AM
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There is no X-Brace on '65-'66 Convertible Frames.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-05-2019, 11:58 AM
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Welcome to the team. I'm looking forward to updates on your project.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-05-2019, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Thanks. I’ll try to post plenty of pictures. The body is going out next week for full floors and 2 quarters. After that I’m hope the project will pick up the pace....
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