To Frame off or not to frame off...

Old December 4th, 2006, 07:31 AM
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To Frame off or not to frame off...

that is the question.

I have a 1970 cutlass convertible. Trunk gone. Quarter used a case of bondo. Inner/outers probably shot. Passenger floor has a tin rivited in. Other than that the car is fine. One body shop says he can do the work, but suggests doing a frame off. Another shop says, he can do the work, but says i shouldnt do a frame off if i plan to drive the car.

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              Old December 4th, 2006, 09:33 AM
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              It's a personal choice that you need to make on your own - you have the facts just lay them out and see what you can live with (i.e. cost benefit).

              If the frame is in good shape then forgo the frame off unless you want to have it blasted and painted...
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              Old December 4th, 2006, 05:16 PM
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              first of all it is a very easy, every one well tell you not to for veriuse resons.
              but like bjtsarfire said its up to you. if you can do alot of the disasebly your self even strip the paint. you will save your self a boat load of money. check with your body shop the would probably want to do the body repairs first bifore taking it off the frame.mine was a hard top so i did mine first before body work. either way you will need to now how to renforce the door openings because its not a hard top. i took the body off the frame in my 22' by 18' garage then took the rolling frame and had it sand blasted then took it and had it primed and rubber caoted . coast for sand blasting and paint was about six hundred dollars. nd to boot mine is a driver thats what they were made for was to drive in my mind.
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              Old December 5th, 2006, 01:28 PM
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              If the body is that punky you could start looking for another shell and finish the frame while your looking.
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