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Racingsnake New Reader
1/13/19 12:17 a.m.
I think my path forward is to lift the body off the frame, inspect the frame carefully, then (assuming all is well) take a few tips from the low rider crowd about how to reinforce an X frame.  I will have a reinforced frame better than original

Sounds like the best way forward. Got any pics of the type of reinforcement you're planning? Are they intended to improve the handling or just make the car feel more solid?

SVreX MegaDork
1/13/19 5:54 a.m.

In reply to Racingsnake :

Stiffening the chassis should do both. wink

I’m really just starting to research. Here is a thread discussing what the low riders do (with good pictures):

Lay it low frame reinforcement

They focus on fish plating  the sides of the X (with 3/16, 1/4, or 3/8) and reinforcing the suspension attachment points. 

Here’s a good Hot Rod article which focuses on panning the bottom surface of the X with 1/16”:


Hot Rod frame reinforcement


(Click on full article and scroll through pictures with descriptions.

I haven’t looked hard to figure out the best approach for me, but I suspect it is a combination  

GTXVette SuperDork
1/13/19 7:44 a.m.


     They can be made pretty like the photo above with a thin plate and if one side is done in a heavier plate it will stiffin it Plenty.

It does not need to be Plated on all 4 sides,3/16 is plenty.

SVreX MegaDork
1/13/19 8:12 a.m.

In reply to GTXVette :


Thats about what I’m thinking. 1/16 on the bottom, 3/16 on the side. 

Racingsnake New Reader
1/13/19 11:26 p.m.

In reply to SVreX :

Thanks for the links.

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