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blade
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 34
posted January 06, 2005 03:53 PM  
Ihave a 1985 ltd four door that i run in enduros the frame is bent on the left side just in front of the a-arm. it is bent straight down i dont't think it missed up the front end, the problem is it is pushing the steering box down, and steering is hitting the front cross member. just wondered if anybody could give me some good backyard ways to straighten the frame it has to be pushed upwards about 2 to 3 inches. am running a limited budget just want to get car so it can be run agian!

merlinmech2
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 131
posted January 06, 2005 04:08 PM  
my local frame shop charges 60 bucks to straighten back to specs. might check there first.

racer17j
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posted January 06, 2005 04:29 PM  
Mine was like $115 to fix and it was smacked pretty hard. Go to the frame shop... of course in a pinch we used a big stump, tractor loader and a bunch of blocks. lol
Lets just say the wife raced it in the powder puff one night. nuff said

redneck racing
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Total posts: 860
posted January 06, 2005 08:59 PM  
As stated it might be a job for the local frame guy but it cant hurt to try a portapower on it. Eddie

econo2a
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 104
posted January 06, 2005 10:28 PM  
cut the frame off and replace it with a new piece of frame. that is what me and a lot of guys have done to save a car that is still good

hobby10k
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 226
posted January 07, 2005 07:14 AM  
Heck, just wack that thing off, and throw some box tubing on there, all it has to hold is the steering pressure, so isn't that much. at least it was in front of the control arms. But if I was on a limited budget there is nothing a wack and tack with a little creative design cant fix.

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Eljojo
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posted January 07, 2005 06:16 PM  
Loop a chain around the frame and tie it down to the trailer. Go get the biggest jack you can find and start pumping! You may have to help support the spot the jack is sitting on to keep from bending the trailer instead of the cars' frame!

x factor
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 34
posted January 07, 2005 10:39 PM  
Using the trailer for a frame straightener is an excellent idea. If you support the back of the frame rail you are jacking on, it will keep the car from teetering when you jack on the front. I would suggest at least a 12 ton bottle jack and definately use a piece of 2by10 or 2by12 wood to spred the load on the trailer.

I have a 10'piece of I beam that I use for the same purpose.

racin78p
Dirt Freak

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posted January 10, 2005 05:34 AM  
I can tell non of you guys are auto body techs. See a body shop. If it is NOT that bad (sounds like it may be, but would have to do the messuring thing), chain it down, with no slack AT THE POINT WHERE IT STARTS TO BEND, then as eljojo says start pumping up the jack at the farthest point away from the bend starting point. Use the biggest jake you cab find. I have used a 5 ton before with decent results. If you need to heat the frame up do it at the bend and do not get it white hot (cherry red at best) and let it air cool. Good luck.

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HOOSIERDIRT
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 24
posted January 10, 2005 09:50 AM  
Tractor + Chain + Tree = Straight Frame

blade
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 34
posted January 10, 2005 08:00 PM  
thanks guys got it done used a 12' oak beam some blocks 5/16 cable some steal plates and 20 tone bottle jack. got it straight no problem cracked the frame a little bit nothing a little welding can't fix!

x factor
Dirt Full Roller

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posted January 11, 2005 04:28 PM  
Racin78p, I have been an auto body tech for 14 years,13 of which have been with more kinds of frame machines than I can remember, but I also know how do things for free at home.

Eljojo
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posted January 11, 2005 05:14 PM  
I have a degree in shade tree technology with a minor in back yard redneck-and-rebuild. I plan to continue my studies in dirt racing bullspit and organize a few free trips to the wall for some of those dead-heads that can't get thru a corner without using their front bumper.

redneck racing
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posted January 11, 2005 05:20 PM  
Well said Eljojo. Eddie

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