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Hi,
I'm new to the forum and was wondering if anyone can advise me what to do regarding the frame rail I bent by jacking up my '68 Chevelle in the wrong location. I've attached a picture, is this cosmetic or structural? Can I just leave it or it needs to be pulled out? Thanks!

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Unfortunately, you didn't jack it in the wrong place. Your frame is badly rusted out right there. That section of the frame is going to need to be either reinforced or replaced, or else a couple good holeshots could break it in that spot completely. I would take a close look at the rest of the frame as well. You may have more spots that need attention. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. BTW, would like to see a picture of the whole car!
 

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Unfortunately, you didn't jack it in the wrong place. Your frame is badly rusted out right there. That section of the frame is going to need to be either reinforced or replaced, or else a couple good holeshots could break it in that spot completely. I would take a close look at the rest of the frame as well. You may have more spots that need attention. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. BTW, would like to see a picture of the whole car!
I was thinking the same thing as it shouldn't bend anywhere.
I can't see the rust in the pic, but it must be there for this to happen.
 

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That part of the frame is not boxed.
What I think you did was bend the horizontal bottom section up because the jack wasn't under the vertical part...if that makes sense.
You had the jack too far forward.
You also chipped off the undercoating.

My guess is the section of the frame there isn't totally bent, just the lower portion of the C.

You might be able to straighten it by using some vice grips and a prybar...
 

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Don't feel bad go on Ebay and see how many frames are bent like that. It could have been caused by going over a curb or even if someone was dumb enough to jack it up there.
 

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You might be able to straighten it by using some vice grips and a prybar...
I once straightened this out on a customer's car with a very large set of Channellock pliers. Surprised how easy it was to bend back into proper shape.
 

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Looks to me like just the lower flange was bent, assuming this is a coupe or sedan frame. The "rust" looking stuff is just undercoating that was chipped away. I'd clamp a couple of pieces of thick angle iron to the top and bottom of the bent area so the frame flange is sandwiched in between and take a huge pair of channel locks or a big ass pipe wrench and pull it down into shape.
 

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Thanks for the replies everyone! I should have known better not to have jacked up the car in the middle like that... thought anywhere on the frame would be ok. So, the consensus is this is just cosmetic? The passenger door above the damage still opens and closes fine. Not sure if want to try pulling it down myself, maybe frame/body shop? Would this effect the value at all? It's a '68 Malibu coupe with the original 327.
 

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Definitely cosmetic.

Use a 6 foot or whatever 2x4 and a sturdy c clamp .
Line the inboard end of 2x4 up with inner lip of rail and clamp it to rail lip.
Just lift up on outer end of 2x4 and it will come right down .

Go easy as it will move easily and move it forward or back to get lip even.

Metal looks grey in cracked coating area.
That should mean not rusty.
 

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Hope everyone is having a good Thanksgiving! Iused a crescent wrench a little and it's suprising how easy it is to pull the lip down. Did not get it even but appears better. Looked inside of the frame rail to double check no rust there and is ok. Lots of undercoating chipping off. Here are more pics. Anybody have any further thoughts with the new pics? Thanks!
 

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