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Old 06-18-2012, 04:06 PM   #1
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Fox Body Strut Tower/ Frame Rail Repair

Hey...

My mustang has the typical rot at the bottom of the passenger strut tower on the frame rail. Does anyone know if they manufacture replacement pieces to repair this or do I just need to make some?

(if no replacements, anyone have a parts car I can cut them out of?)

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Old 06-18-2012, 04:39 PM   #2
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you can repair it but to do it "right" is cut a lip off and have one welded on ... i see alot of people just put metal over them and weld it but being a frame rail that might be in an accident im all set lol

this is a local guy who did his ..

http://forums.corral.net/forums/94-9...-friendly.html
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:10 PM   #3
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DMC Racing fixed mine. They cut out everything, welded tubes in, then welded it back up. Came out great. I bought a clean front clip for it and he didn't want to use it.
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:48 PM   #4
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This was recently released, don't know anyone that used it yet.

http://www.latemodelrestoration.com/...oth-Frame-Rail

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Old 06-18-2012, 08:54 PM   #5
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This was recently released, don't know anyone that used it yet.

http://www.latemodelrestoration.com/...oth-Frame-Rail

I just saw that...almost stopped my heart though when I read 260.00+ per side!

Well, after some hunting the web, I got a game plan now. Thanks guys.
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:57 PM   #6
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what you planning on doing ?
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DMC Racing fixed mine. They cut out everything, welded tubes in, then welded it back up. Came out great. I bought a clean front clip for it and he didn't want to use it.


because it takes alot of time and i think a frame machine to line it up correctly ...me personally id rather a new front clip put on but luckily i will never love a foxbody that much or any mustang to repair rust like a strut tower lol
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:04 PM   #8
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what you planning on doing ?
ehh...easier to just post pics as I go then try and explain. They will be in my build thread in a week or two when I yank the 5.slow
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:07 AM   #9
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awesome looking forward to the pics
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Old 06-19-2012, 08:57 AM   #10
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i have fixed over 2 dozen cars that have had rotted frame rails and strut towers, dropped k members out boxed in the the new frame rail with new steel few hours worth of work when the motors out, easy as pie if you know what your doing.

i have also seen some that where so hacked they welded the strut tower to the k member just take good measurements if you dont have a frame machine
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tim you kidding me welded to the k-member ? holy shit that has to be a good sight hahah snap a pic next time love to see that hahaha
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:13 PM   #12
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The only correct way is to replace the frame rail. That is a structural part of the car and just patching it doesn't duplicate the factory design. They use a specific amount of spot welds, a specific gauge of sheetmetal, etc all for a reason. A backyard hack that just slaps on a piece of sheetmetal will let the car pass the eye test, but not the safety test when the car gets in an accident. The rails are there to absorb and distribute collision energy in an impact. With a sheetmetal patch over a rot hole the rail is weakened and that sheetmetal is useless.

If you don't have access to Ford or ICAR tech info then you could also check out Motors or Mitchell crash guides and see if they list a sectioning procedures. If none of those sources list a sectioning procedures then the only correct way to do this repair is to replace the entire frame rail.
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:17 PM   #13
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its a fucking fox body, they weren't good in crash tests to start with. i doubt him patching that area is going to be the difference between life and death
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:23 PM   #14
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The only correct way is to replace the frame rail. That is a structural part of the car and just patching it doesn't duplicate the factory design. They use a specific amount of spot welds, a specific gauge of sheetmetal, etc all for a reason. A backyard hack that just slaps on a piece of sheetmetal will let the car pass the eye test, but not the safety test when the car gets in an accident. The rails are there to absorb and distribute collision energy in an impact. With a sheetmetal patch over a rot hole the rail is weakened and that sheetmetal is useless.


If you don't have access to Ford or ICAR tech info then you could also check out Motors or Mitchell crash guides and see if they list a sectioning procedures. If none of those sources list a sectioning procedures then the only correct way to do this repair is to replace the entire frame rail.
Agree with this 100% even the repair done to that yellow one on the other thread some of those welds looked down right ugly.

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its a fucking fox body, they weren't good in crash tests to start with. i doubt him patching that area is going to be the difference between life and death
You would be surprised how a unibody car works when in an accident and how just a few little changes can make a big difference. Like the wrong type of welds or to hot a weld.

Me personally i wouldnt have a problem driving a car that has been fixed like that but i wouldnt want my kid or girl driving it.
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Old 06-19-2012, 08:37 PM   #15
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http://newengland-motorsports.com/fo...ad.php?t=38900

The proper way to repair it
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Old 06-19-2012, 08:51 PM   #16
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great...so when you want it? lol
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you can cut and weld that area to your hearts desire, it's not a crumple zone. /end thread
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you can cut and weld that area to your hearts desire, it's not a crumple zone. /end thread
Absolutely, to this day, the dumbest thing you have ever said, end thread
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i dunno, that would take an awful lot. he's said a lot of things before you joined. we should have started a list a long ass time ago
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you can cut and weld that area to your hearts desire, it's not a crumple zone. /end thread
I don't have the time to educate you in a unitized chassis. The simple answer is you are wrong. You clearly have no clue about what a unitized chassis is and what it does. I hope really don't listen to you when you give advice or try to sound like you know what you are talking about.
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i dunno, that would take an awful lot. he's said a lot of things before you joined. we should have started a list a long ass time ago

Its in the top ten for sure.
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Old 07-05-2012, 06:16 AM   #22
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tim you kidding me welded to the k-member ? holy shit that has to be a good sight hahah snap a pic next time love to see that hahaha
the cars at eddies hes stripping it go look at it its wicked amazing how they "fixed" it
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Old 07-05-2012, 06:36 AM   #23
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and this is why im going south to get my gt vert next year it will be straight rust free and have 300k miles
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