A load bearing structure of a vehicle.

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Getting Wiring Harness through Radiator Support?

I'm currently in the process of doing my best to overhaul an 88 Chevy Silverado Pickup 2500 V8 5.7L. I do not know much about cars, but am learning. Anyway, long story short, the engine hoist I have (...
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Is there a way to section a frame without fish plating?

When building a frame is there a way to join the sections together without having to fish plate?
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Does Tig welding a frame add more strength where fish plating isn't required?

Usually when someone builds a custom frame they are typically Mig welded and fish plated but if a frame is Tig welded does that generate better penetration when welding pieces together so you don't ...
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What is fish plating a frame?

When building a frame I've heard people refer to adding a fish plate. What does fish plating a frame do and what exactly is it?
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Will a ground to the frame work properly if the bolt is powder-coated?

Would there be any electrical issues if a grounding point had a bolt welded and powder-coated or is it better to drill a hole, weld a nut to the frame and then powder-coated?
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Is there a suggested wall thickness for steel tubing when building frames?

Looking into building a frame for a hotrod I've seen different sizes used for different size vehicles such as 2" x 2" or 2" x 3" box tubing and circular steel tubing but I am unsure if a .188 wall is ...
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What is a “Z” frame?

In the hotrodding world there is a common term I hear called "Z" frame. What does it mean? How do you carry out this modification? Is doing so restricted to certain vehicles?
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Who gets title if you sell a frame and an engine separately

I have a POS (Piece of S**t) salvage motorcycle I purchased cheap for a purpose which has now passed. I'm ready to get rid of it and there's a guy down the street that mentioned possibly wanting to ...
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How extend a drilled hole

How do I extend/make a hole oval? It is in a rectangular beam (6 cm) and needs to be extended 5mm in one direction. When mounting a tow bar, I discovered that some holes in the tow bar are not ...
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Unibody Frame - Straightening Procedure and Limitations

When a uni-body frame is bent or distorted there is a limitation to how much damage can be repaired and have the frame retain at least some of it's initial integrity. As well, the procedure to ...
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Camry 2009 sedan , Cross membrane frame bend at center?

I want to purchase an old camry model 2009. I took it to mechanic for checking purposes. we found front cross membrane frame (downside of engine body)is found to be bend due to some hitting of car ...
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Can I install a plow on my stock Silverado?

I've got a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4x4, and I'd like to install a plow. I want to avoid damaging the truck, as it's also my primary means of transportation. Do I have to do anything to stiffen ...
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Turning back rust on frame welds on a FJ Cruiser

I recently purchased a 2007 FJ cruiser up here in the north where we use lots of salt. The only issue I noticed with this vehicle (and about half of the FJs I looked at) was rust developing along the ...
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What type of weld process should I use to weld onto a van's frame?

I'm currently in the planning phases for a project to turn a 1990 Econoline Van into a moving sculpture. Part of the plan involves welding onto the frame of the vehicle (after removing most of the ...
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Proper Jack Location

In general, where is the best place to put a jack to prevent damage when lifting?