After getting the body off of the frame I moved
onto replacing the front center crossmember. The crossmember was completely rotted out.
Because the crossmember was inserted between
two bulges in the frame I just couldn't remove the rivets and slide the piece out.
Called in my neighbor to help brain storm an idea. He suggested cutting the front
corner of the frame. This made for easy extraction of the crossmember.
I stripped the excess frame parts off of the '40
crossmember and test fit the "new" crossmember in the frame. Next I need to build up
the top surface to match the original. I'll also have to rebuild the gussets the front
motor mounts bolt to.
The replacement '40 crossmember in the front, the rusted out
'37 in the back
The '40 with the built up filler pieces. First cardboard
templates were made and transferred to 10 gauge sheet met. Three pieces were made for the
front, top and back and were all welded in place.
The replacement '40 crossmember didn't have the center
access hole to get to the radiator support bolt so the two slotted holes were welded up
and the an access hole was cut.
The crossmember was temporaly bolted in with 3/8" bolts while the piece
cut from the right frame rail was clamped into place.
The right frame rail was welded together on all three sides.
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by Robert A. Jones. All rights reserved.Last updated on March 8, 2010