Way Outta Control
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: The Palouse
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Re: opinions please, Frame design
1. Lots of good questions!
2. Is plating necessary?
IMHO it is necessary, because I haven't gained enough confidence in my own weldeding skills.
The downside is that this would stiffen this area.
3. Where the pieces mate, are you going to open up the mating pieces so that there is no flat to flat area? This would open up the full length of the frame. IF the material will be mated flat to flat then I'd encourage you to drill two holes through the mating pieces and insert a bolt an threaded reciever plate. It will accomplish few things: a) Keep the pieces in place as you weld the seams, b) give a good ground for the welding, and c) keep the pieces together if and when one of the welded seams breaks. A floppin' frame ain't fun.
4. The roll space will be sufficent, but I'd still girnd/sand it to nice bright metal.
5. IMHO... stay away from POR-15, it's not worth the power to blow it to heck. I've used it with very, very disapointing results. IMHO... use some good ol' tractor frame paint or Hammerite. I'm a big fan of coating the inside of the frame, if you can, or galvinization.
6. As most Jeep frames rot from the inside out, install a couple of hose bibs where you can hook up a garden hose and flush the inside of the frame of all the muck and yuck. It'll add years to the lfe.