1964 corvette chassis




1964 corvette chassis

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    1964 corvette chassis

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    All chassis are finished in durable semi-gloss black powder coating and feature stock mounting for the bumpers and body. Braces are inserted and welded inside the framerails prior to welding the new sections to existing sections. Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. Check out the latest forum discussions at the GM Authority forums!

    1964 corvette chassis

    1964 corvette chassis

    1964 corvette chassis

    1964 corvette chassis

    1964 corvette chassis

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    For the Corvette frame depicted in this story, Werner Meier of Masterworks Automotive Services , near Detroit, was skeptical about whether the rust-ravaged foundation was salvageable. His frame guy, Mark Bremer, however, believed it could be saved with some traditional cut-and-replace metalwork. The frame in our story was saved with metalworking techniques that are equal parts vocational and artisanal. Lifting the body off this mid-year Corvette frame at Masterworks Automotive revealed serious corrosion.

    Often, the corrosion occurs on the top, sides, and in the corners of the frame, where moisture-soaked debris collects—and it can be difficult to detect during an inspection. At the stripping facility, the frame was prepped with a few hours baking in a degree F oven, which burned off paint, grease, and other contaminants.

    1964 corvette chassis

    Then, it was lowered into an overnight stay in a bath, where the active ingredient was muriatic acid. After emerging from the acid, the frame was thoroughly rinsed, inside and out. Besides revealing the full extent of the damage, the acid bath cleaned the metal in a way that would promote better surfaces for welding.

    With significant sections to be cut out of the frame, it was imperative to keep it locked in place. With all the rust and scale out of the way, the extent of the corrosion was revealed—and it was worse than it originally appeared. Huge holes in the framerails were expected, but when Bremer cut away the previously added tack-on braces, rust had nearly separated the kick-ups from the rest of the frame.

    1964 corvette chassis

    Bremer quickly got to work, slicing out the bad sections of the main framerails, which really illustrates the importance of locking down the frame on the jig, because where the bad metal was cut out, there is literally nothing connecting the front of the frame with the rear section.

    Calling the frame salvageable at this point seemed like a stretch. Depending on the vehicle, some reproduction frame-repair sections are available. Shown here is an aftermarket replacement rail next to the cut-out original. The replacement framerails require little prep work before being tack-welded in place. Importantly for boxed frame sections, the top seam of the rail is left un-welded so that the installer can more easily adjust its final fit.

    Bremer uses a MIG welder for all the work on the frame. Braces are inserted and welded inside the framerails prior to welding the new sections to existing sections.

    1964 corvette chassis

    This not only helps locate the new sections during fitment and welding, it adds an extra measure of strength. Bremer made rough patterns in cardboard and used them as templates to cut them out of new steel. The largest piece to be added forms a three-sided insert at the front of the kick-up, and Bremer simply bends the pattern-cut steel on a homemade bender to produce the part. This is the part created from the piece seen at the top of the previous photo. Before cutting away the existing, deteriorated frame section and welding in the homemade insert, a small jig is tack-welded to the frame.

    It is used to locate holes in the frame that are used to mount the trailing arms. When the new frame sections are installed, the jig will allow Bremer to drill the new mounting holes in their exact positions. Next, the rusted section is cut out of the frame. It can be sliced out with a cutting wheel, but Bremer finds the acetylene torch more efficient. As was done with the main framerails, braces are tacked into the kick-up rails to locate the new insert and strengthen the repair.

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