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I found out last summer the frame was Swiss cheese behind the fuel tank. I was quoted $1000 to plate the frame and fix it. I had found a rear half of a frame in pretty good shape but let it go through the winter. Last week I found out it was far worse now. Pretty much the tip rail of the frame was the only thing holding the drivers side together. A friend with a shop helped me and we have the project almost finished.. I'll post some pics.
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I found out last summer the frame was Swiss cheese behind the fuel tank. I was quoted $1000 to plate the frame and fix it. I had found a rear half of a frame in pretty good shape but let it go through the winter. Last week I found out it was far worse now. Pretty much the tip rail of the frame was the only thing holding the drivers side together. A friend with a shop helped me and we have the project almost finished.. I'll post some pics. View attachment 342381 View attachment 342391 View attachment 342392 View attachment 342393 View attachment 342394 View attachment 342395 View attachment 342396 View attachment 342397 View attachment 342398 View attachment 342399
How did the rest of the frame compare in terms of rust?
 

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Before the truck leaves the shop check the area on driver side where the brake cable equalizer is and forward . I discovered a hole there last fall , and when you start to poke and prod , it turned out to be a one foot by three inch oval . I always heard it was around the rear wheel but my frame oddly rusted out in the front .
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How did the rest of the frame compare in terms of rust?
I haven't searched hard but haven't seen anything bad except that left rail from the door rearward. When the frame was cut, we looked up in there, beat it with a hammer and got all the rust scale out, as well as the new frame section. I'm going to have inside the frame sprayed with Fluid Film or something like that.
 

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As I said in your post on the other site, I pity you salt belt guys. I've been fortunate to not have those rust issues in either of my Gen1 trucks. Keep us posted on the work.
 

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You caught me on the x-post :D It was tough to find a frame.
It's all good. I've noticed that over the years C-Fans tends to attract more of the 2nd generation guys, so a post there on a first Generation truck may not get answered as quickly. Both sites while owned by the same company now, were started by 2 different people. I've been a member of both for the past 12ish years.
 

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I haven't searched hard but haven't seen anything bad except that left rail from the door rearward. When the frame was cut, we looked up in there, beat it with a hammer and got all the rust scale out, as well as the new frame section. I'm going to have inside the frame sprayed with Fluid Film or something like that.
Now might be a good time to see how the tank lock ring and fuel pump are holding up since the bed is off .
 

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It's been coming along. I needle scaled and brushed the frame before painting with Magnet Coatings chassis paint. Pro-Tip: WEAR GLOVES!!! I have a little more painting to go and I've been doing little things like replacing u-joints, getting out broken bolts, etc.

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