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Author Topic:   New frame vs new shell??
odb93
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posted September 24, 2002 03:01 PM
Put a new shell on your old car ,the amount of work is less but you should stip the newer car for spares ie clip lowers uppers.


odb93
Member
posted September 24, 2002 03:21 PM
Everything (doors,fenders) should be swapped to your old car ,you have to cut the rear quarters off with a sawzall and weld them on ,unless your old car has been flipped .thats another story.


LUBEGUY07
Member
posted September 24, 2002 06:03 PM
if the old frame is still good and straight id leave the cage on th frame and put a new body on it . The way we do it is cut the front window post at the bottom with a sawzaw or if u have a plamsa cutter use it. then cutt the rear quater panals off at the bottom where they meet the floor board and cut again in the trunk area. Depending how well gutted your car is you might need to cut more out like the rear shelf and inner rear quaterpanels ect. hope this helps



Flatlander
Member
posted September 24, 2002 08:40 PM
I have always seen it done the way that Flatlander is referring to. We leave the florrpan on the "keeper" car and remove it from the donor car. This is going to be a lotof work but its usually worth it.


racer17j
Member
posted September 26, 2002 01:26 PM
another way you could do it a regal and cutlas are pretty much interchangeable after i think it was 1980 i know a guy that had a cutlas that he put all regal skins on only real difference is the deck lid hood and rear window opening if you cut it right on the body line and replace the 1/4s you could never tell after a little mud work


odb93
Member
posted September 26, 2002 01:42 PM
the frames are the same thing i'm just saying you could take the body panels off one and on to the other then you don't have to mess with the roof and stuff just cut the quarter panels off on the body line and weld them on the old car then put your cutlas doors and fenders on. myslef i'm going to do mine like lube guy said because i'm going from a malibu to a different metric body so i can't just slap another quarter panle on like you can


odb93
Member
posted September 28, 2002 10:06 AM
Derek, just get some sheet metal or go to wayne bowen and get some metal from him and cover up where it's rusted. **** the monte carlo the floor pan wasnt worth a **** so i took sheet metal and covered it up and it worked pretty good.


Eljojo
Member
posted September 28, 2002 09:07 PM
I've read this thread for c coupla days so this morning I went and talked with a guy who KNOWS! He advised cutting the front of the roof off just above the secondary layer of metal that you can see there on the inside of the A pillars. Then cut the rear firewall off right where it turns down toward the floor. Cut the inner fenders out to where they tie in with the firewall down to the floor. You'll be using the origal front and rear firewalls (which both have bars going thru them, the original floorpan, and the roof and rear section from the donor car.


Flatlander
Member
posted September 30, 2002 09:44 AM
But he might be like me--unless I hear it from a coupla different people I'm not convinced! Good thing I wasn't crewing for Columbus! LOL...Did you go to Atomic for the $10,000 to win last week?


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