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Author Topic:   Used Bombers - look out for RUST!!!
Stonewall
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 20
posted March 06, 2001 01:38 PM UIN: 10024185
I'm finally going to break into racing this year after watching it all my life. I'll be running a previously built and raced 1980 Camaro that I am in the middle preparing for this season. I've got some serious rusting in the rear clip that has me very concerned. The car was tied together with steel frame rails running down both sides of the car from the front clip to the rear clip. The rails are welded nicely to the inside of the rear clip. Then the rust starts! The rear frame rails are rusting badly at the point where it turns up towards the shock mount. I'm really scratching my head right now trying to figure out how to weld, fix, repair or replace this area. I'm mostly concerned with the area around the forward leaf spring mounting bracket. Is this a common area for camaros to rust out in? Has anyone over reapaired or fixed this area? Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.


... (Rookie) Stonewall

[This message has been edited by Stonewall (edited March 06, 2001).]

racer17j
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 165
posted March 07, 2001 02:02 AM UIN: 54865418
if it was me i'd just cut the cage out and build a new one and don't tie the frames if you dont have to but if you do use the smallest material allowed to do it. uni bodies are designed to flex and if you take the flex out you will fight a push all year long. we have been running nova's for years and tried to make one a full frame car and it was the worst handleing car we had and that was the only change we made.

VIPER000
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 151
posted March 16, 2001 01:15 PM
I RUN A CAMERO CHASSIS AND AM TIED TOGETHER AND HAD SOME PUSH PROBLEMS IN MY FIRST 2 RACES AFTER THAT ADJUSTED IT OUT. TIE THEM TOGETHER IT WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE.

Stonewall
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 20
posted March 16, 2001 01:54 PM UIN: 10024185
I've got some plates fabricated to reinforce the rusted area. I'll try to post some pictures of the repair after I'm done.

As far as tieing the car together and X'ing the frame, that has already been done. The car was like that when I bought it. It won a few races with the previous owner so I guess it can't be all that bad. From the comments of previous drivers, they all said the car was "light in the *** end" which to me means loose. And that was with a tied together frame.

...Stonewall

Stonewall
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 20
posted March 19, 2001 09:10 AM UIN: 10024185
I posted some pictures of the repair as it's in process. It's on the bottom of the page here: www.stonewalldesign.com/racing/bomber2.htm

...Stonewall

VIPER000
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 151
posted March 19, 2001 09:18 AM
HEY STONEWALL JUST SOMETHING I NOTICED. WITH THOSE STEEL PLATES ON BOTH SIDES YOU ARE NOT GOING TO GET ANY ROTATIONAL STRENGTH YOU SHOULD PLACE A PLATE ALLONG THE BOTTOM AND WELD IT TO THE NEW PLATES YOU JUST PUT IN IT WILL MAKE IT WORK ALOT BETTER.

Stonewall
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 20
posted March 19, 2001 12:09 PM UIN: 10024185
Good idea! That's what I thought to. Capping it off like that will keep the mud out of it also. I think I lightened the car by about 10 lbs. with all the dirt that came out of that rusted hole!

...Stonewall

Stonewall
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 20
posted April 16, 2001 09:20 AM UIN: 10024185
I finally posted more pictures of the repair to the frame! http://www.stonewalldesign.com/racing

There's also some of the new paintjob / graphics.

...Stonewall

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