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babyfacejack
09-13-2006, 12:34 AM
I am rebuilding a 1967 Corvette and the frame is completely shot. I was thinking of buildng one, due to high prices to buy a new one. How would I go about it, and would there be a way to make it look as close as possible to the original? Any ideas how the process the originals were made by? Thanks

anders nørgaard
09-13-2006, 01:02 AM
I am rebuilding a 1967 Corvette and the frame is completely shot. I was thinking of buildng one, due to high prices to buy a new one. How would I go about it, and would there be a way to make it look as close as possible to the original? Any ideas how the process the originals were made by? Thanks

Hi Jack,

You'll have to build a strong jig, using the old frame as a pattern.
The old ones were pressed sheet.

Chassis frame components are available at reasonable prices. Check these links:

Corvette chassis frame links



http://www.cranescorvette.com/chassis.htm (http://www.cranescorvette.com/chassis.htm)



Frame repair components

http://www.zip-products.com/Zip/dept.asp?dept%5Fid=2532&gift=False&0=dept%2Easp%2Cdept%5Fid%3D2530%26menu%5Fid%3D%26T ree%3D%2C63%2D67%20Frame%20%26%20Chassis&mscssid=F8125BE964D2499DA8DCFCE4171949BD (http://www.zip-products.com/Zip/dept.asp?dept%5Fid=2532&gift=False&0=dept%2Easp%2Cdept%5Fid%3D2530%26menu%5Fid%3D%26T ree%3D%2C63%2D67%20Frame%20%26%20Chassis&mscssid=F8125BE964D2499DA8DCFCE4171949BD)

Purf_man
09-13-2006, 08:40 AM
IMHO if you are going to scratch build a frame it will never be close to being passed off as a factory frame so you might as well upgrade it some....C4-C5 suspension on it, more bracing, etc.

the closer you get to trying to make a frame you can pass off as a factory frame the closer you will be to spending the money on a decent frame from someone else.

tbody321
09-13-2006, 10:37 AM
if you want a sweet looking frame check out Progressiveautomotive.com
I have dealt with the guy on some used parts and he builds some really nice stuff. Late model Corvette suspensions can be found at Carslile for pretty decent prices. The frames he makes are set up with all of the correct geometry.

Homemade44
09-13-2006, 11:11 AM
When you say the frame is shot what do you mean. Normally those frames rust out where the trailing arms fit and that can be fixed. If you are going to build the corvette back stock and expect to get top dollar for it you will need a factory frame. A restored 1967 Vet in original configuration and built to factory specs start at about $40,000. If you do all of the work on the car and have a home built frame my guess is that you will have a car worth about half of what it would be with a factory frame. Real Corvette folks are real particular about originality and being true to factory spec. If the car is going to be a custom then it won't matter what you do with the frame.

My .02 cents,

Joe