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Cracked Frame!!

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Posted by Bob on August 10, 2003 at 09:20:06 from (

Last year I purchased a 1948 Chevy COE, and knew at the time a different chassis would be needed for this one to be a good resto/rod/truck. The original chassis had been badly abused and not worth redoing. I just found a cheap deal on a '73 C30 and now know why it was so cheap. The frame rail on the driver's side has flange cracks on both sides of where the front suspension attaches. I'm thinking it can be fixed, but would really appreciate some ideas on the best method. I've been told that where these cracks are located is an area well known for problems, but don't want to just weld the cracks and then have a failure later on. Gusseting, boxing, a whole new front rail? What method would be best to fix this. The rest of the frame is straight, and has no rust. The original owners were landscaping guys and very likely overloaded this truck many times.
Thanks in advance for any help.

Bob .... Spokane, Washington

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