- DS: I've recently stripped an El Camino frame in preparation for installing it under one ofmy 2-door wagons. The original frame is rotted to pieces at the rear crossmember wherethe springs attach. I've gone to an Elky frame because it is boxed, therefore stronger formy big block and 700R4. How do you clean and paint the inside of the frame? I've turnedit over and gently rapped on it with a brass hammer to knock the big stuff loose, but Iwant to preserve it as well.
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JS: Unfortunately, there is no easy way to do this. I think the best way to get the job doneis to have the frame chemically stripped. You could make your own "chain flail" to go intothe frame and virtually beat the rust out. This involved attaching a short length of hardware chain to the end of a steel rod This rod would then be chucked in your electricdrill and then you would run it back and forth at the various open areas of the frame. Iguess this method would be similar to the procedure for cleaning the inside of a chimney.It is certainly an awful lot of work and you still could not be sure that you did asatisfactory job.
BT: I used a body schutz gun with a flexible wand and a 4-hole tip that sprays theundercoating out at 90 degrees so you can get full coverage inside the frame. Most autobody and paint supply houses have them. The wand is about 3 feet long and is flexibleplastic about 1/2" dia. You can insert it into various holes in the frame while spraying.Make sure it's entirely within the frame before spraying or your body will be covered inschutz.
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