Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Ellicott City, Maryland, USA
Convertible frame repair
My '65 convertible has rust damage in the usual place just forward of the door posts. There is a soft spot on the bottom on each side. I discovered when jacking the car. There are also a small perforation on the inside of the frame, just large enough to stick my index finger in. Right now, there are no alignment problems or sagging, except when jacking.
Can this be repaired without lifting the body off of the frame? A local body and frame shop said they could do it. The body guy I normally use says no. He said that if they put the car on a lift to work on it, the frame will sag and welding will lock the sag in place, causing door alignment problems.
Anyone have experience with this?