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Comment by Barry A. Rice on June 20, 2016 at 9:37am

Ron just got your remarks on the 35 frame. The car is to be a daily driver plus local shows. I informed the owner that the frame was to bad in the locations it needed to be strong and suggested he take it to a machinist to replace the side rails since we had a scramatic of the of all the hole locals and type. He made all knew rails and tigged in the Mustang II cross member. So all is right in the world. It's almost a full roller now, minus  a hole lot of welding. To answer your question, yes, yes, no, driver~ Barry

Comment by john molyneux on June 19, 2016 at 7:49pm

hey ron hows it going ,hope your move went well and your back is holding up

Comment by Classic Car Ron on February 16, 2016 at 11:14pm

Hey Barry- Is the frames strength compromised due to extensive rusting eating away at the thickness of the steel remaining? Or is it from previous collision/s? Also what is the end results quality level anticipated (100% restored original show car, driver, and/or an occasional local outdoor 'show' car) ? That answer will determine more about what I can further answer for you. That frame, even when new, was not particularly strong (why many were/are 'boxed'). Glad to see action on this group that I started many years ago. At it's peak this was THE group for many of us who became personal friends and shared rides and helped each other out (such as your question)!

I want to give a shout out to all those who are still around from the start (OG's of CCR! LOL)! Sound off and fill us in on any new projects, updates/progress, or finished vehicles!

Thanks for posting your question, Barry. I'll try to help you with down to earth answers based on my many years of professionally restoring, resto-mods, custom painting, and originally collision repairs. ~Ron

Comment by Barry A. Rice on February 16, 2016 at 10:29am

Okay, Doll and gents, I have a question that needs to be answered. Working on a 36 Ford and having restored most of the body metal, it has no come down to the frame. It is a bit twisted but not bad until you look at the frame metal. I have cut and welded frames before but 50% of the top of the frame rail in gone and another 20 % is compromised. The owner tells me he wants to piece it together, being that the 80 year metal has been compromised, I say, "no way to use that frame, same as I told him the first day. Question is, who would junk this frame an start with a new one and who would attempt a fix. Any that has worked on this early 12 Ga. frames knows they have hundreds of round and square holes throughout the frame for the body attachment and have to be very precisely recreated. So who would even attempt to cut out the bad and replace it with todays metal? Anyone? 

Comment by Chiseum Dent on January 30, 2016 at 2:13am

hello Everyone, sorry it has been awhile. Been real busy with school, work, and other projects. I hope everyone is doing well.

Anyways, here is my problem. I'm fixing a friends 04 Chevy Cavalier. It has two major problems that I can't find the problem too.

First is the blinkers. The emergency lights work but the right and left turn signals don't. Ive already tried the relay just in case and I just replaced the Turn Signal switch inside the steering column but still no luck.

Second is the A/C - Heater. When you turn the car on it has a horrible knocking/banging noise come from inside the dash. This had originally done it only when the air was on (which barely even blew) but does it continuously now. The lack of air and the noise made me think it was the blower which has been the case in my Chevy trucks but after replacing the blower motor it still continued acting up.

Could anyone give me some guidance here. Ive read every article and you tube video I could find for this car and I'm at the end of my rope.

Comment by Mickey Gilbertson on February 16, 2015 at 3:11pm

I hade a Kidney Transplant 4 years ago, and retired from the local Sheriff Office. It takes a long time to recoup but at 65 I was restore a 55 Studebaker once owned by Ernie Elliott here in Dawsonville, Ga. 

It was pretty rusted and my wife had to make a trip to Alaska so I sold it to help with the trip. Hope to get back into a older Studebaker again.


Comment by Chiseum Dent on August 7, 2014 at 1:49pm

Been to hot and to broke to do much here in Texas none-the-less it has been flying by as well. The start of classes is looming on the horizon a scary thought when that school bill gets sent. Haven't been to busy though injured my knee at work and it has kept me pretty stationary for the past two months. But Its been a good summer to say the least.

Comment by Mike-in-MD on August 5, 2014 at 8:35am

Summer is just flying by with some awesome weather here in about you??  Keeping busy?

Comment by Chiseum Dent on August 5, 2014 at 8:26am

Hello everyone!!! It's been a long time since I've been on. Thought I would check in and see how everyone is doing?

Comment by Grampy on March 25, 2014 at 2:37pm

Yes ron that is the best way to approach a problem is to walk away. Years ago as a much younger man I was told that when I was getting mad a pissed off to go have a coffee and a smoke and relax for a couple of minutes and think on why......Then when you get back to the problem it won't be a problem, and it almost works every time. But now I'm screwed.......I don't smoke anymore..HAHAHAHAHA... 


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