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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-13-2002, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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I bent my body!

That it, my Scrambler's body. Its not dented, its bent.

I did a little rock climbing and now I have a buckled spot below the door on the drivers side. I guess the frame flexed so much that the body gave. I built the back half of the scrambler out of 16 guage steel. The spot where the body gave is directly in front of where I spliced my new back half with the origional front half. It doesn't bother me to see it there but I'm worried that it is now a weak spot and the body will always flex there and eventually it will crack.

So I have this idea. I could use springs on my body mounts. I would get longer bolts, and put the spring in between the frame mount, and the bolt head. I'm not sure if that's clear, the spring would be under the frame mount, not between the frame and body mounts. This way, when the frame twists, the springs will give and the body wont have to twist.

I'll also reenforce the whole area from the divider to the firewall with some plate steel. That should keep it from cracking or flexing in that spot. The plate would go on the inside and be as tall as will fit under the door. I'd do the same on the passenger side.

Does anybody have any thoughts on this? I'm just looking for some ideas and opinions. Has anyone else's body bent?
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 10-13-2002, 10:48 PM
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Re: I bent my body!

I've actually seen teh spring idea done. It looked good and the guy used some old valve springs. Sounds like an idea that has merit.

I would also reinforce that spot somehow as the springs may actually cause more strain with the body more able to move. Besides, of you can splice the entire rear, what's a little extra work [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img].

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