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how to remove minor frame bends...

I am getting ready to pull the body off the frame, and noticed a few areas of the side rails (66 hardtop "open" frame) where the lower portion of the frame is bent up slightly... Looks like maybe a jack or jack stands caused it?

Anyway, whats the best way to remedy these bends? I plan on having the frame blasted and powdercoated, and figured this should be done first...

Not enough room for any jack... BFH?
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Re: how to remove minor frame bends...

I had the same bends and used an adjustable wrench (a "Crescent" wrench to some) and moved a little bit at a time working back and forth. Moving it a little at a time minimizes how much the metal stretches so it's not as wavy when you're done.

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Re: how to remove minor frame bends...

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I had the same bends and used an adjustable wrench (a "Crescent" wrench to some) and moved a little bit at a time working back and forth. Moving it a little at a time minimizes how much the metal stretches so it's not as wavy when you're done.
I did the same to mine. BTW the tool you described is commonly known as a Mississippi socket wrench.

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You decided not to sell?

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I did the same to mine. BTW the tool you described is commonly known as a Mississippi socket wrench.
That's a new one. I like it. I've worked with guys that call them hammer wrenches and use them just like that.

I used to ask the new guys at work to bring me one and then when they did I would verbally abuse them for bringing me the metric one when I'm clearly working on SAE hardware. Most of them have their metric size on one side of the handle and SAE on the other but you show them the metric side and watch their faces as they process it. Most would just apologize and go look for the "right" one.

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I had the same bends and used an adjustable wrench (a "Crescent" wrench to some) .

Most do not have long enuff jaws. I fabbed up a tool with longer jaws from scrap steel.
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Re: how to remove minor frame bends...

A crescent wrench will likely do more damage. Your bends are common and deeper than a crescent will safely straighten. What I do is stuff a block between the top and lower flange just leaving enough gap to slide a long pry bar in there, then work the bend out. You need to position the pry just beyond where the bend begins, trying to keep the pry bar flat against the bent area. Work it left and right so you don't kink. Usually something wider than 1 1/2" is the trick.
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Re: how to remove minor frame bends...

My 24 wrench reached all the way to the bend...
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Re: how to remove minor frame bends...

Thanks everyone...

I'll give these a try... Hmm, longer jaws, I have a large pipe wrench...

I may have a 12" "Cresent" wrench...

Plenty of wood and a nice prybar too...

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You decided not to sell?
The main reason I was considering selling was that I felt like I didn't have enough time to "play" with the car... My time hasn't really changed, but I do have some time available now and then...

And I also figured I wasn't going to get anywhere near what I'd be happy with by selling a disassembled project. All the parts I have gathered, I'd get pennies-on-the-dollar uninstalled...

I figure If I have the frame powder coated, I don't have to waiting until warmer weather to price and paint it, plus the prep work (wire wheels, sanding, etc) is a lot of time that I can spend elsewhere...

A nice clean, PC'd frame that I can set up on jackstands in my garage, and assemble while I have the time... Then hopefully in the Spring, I can roll it back under the body... I'll wrap it in plastic until I am done with any paintwork...


So I am under the impression that I will be energized, at least for the next few months...
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Re: how to remove minor frame bends...

I borrowed a porta-power from work. Not perfect but better than before.
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Re: how to remove minor frame bends...

That's perfect Ed. Always have to consider how the bend happened in the first place, what shape the impact object was, and what position it was in....then reverse.
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