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Driver floor damage, opinions wanted

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My drivers side floor/frame rail has been pushed up due to rust and probably poor decision making with a lift the last time it was in the shop. I’ve just noticed it now when I pulled the carpet for an unrelated repair. I have a new floor pan and frame rail, and could probably fix it myself now but would prefer to wait until next winter when I would have more time and could tackle more rust at the same time, use a rotisserie, etc. 

 

My question for the experts here is can I ignore this for now or does it need to be fixed before driving for safety?

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It looks like the bottom and sides of that frame rail are more or less.... gone ?

 

I am no expert but my gut says it is not safe. One decent pot hole and that left corner of the car might re-orient itself

 

Can you get some extra lights down there and provide more pix of rail sides and bottom?

 

Randy

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I think Randy is on track with this one.

Driver side frame rail typically gets trashed vs the passenger side either due to brake fluid or battery acid leak. Mine was trashed and scary paper thin on a pretty well-maintained car,  Because of this,  the driver side frame rail replacement is getting very hard to find. 

Depending on its condition, it can be repaired. (Search this forum). 

It is a very key structural piece, and for safety it needs to be fixed ASAP. 

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I think you already know the answer to that one Mike. Get the engine out and put it up on jack stands.

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11 minutes ago, Mike A said:

I think you already know the answer to that one Mike. Get the engine out and put it up on jack stands.

 

Thats what I thought, but I was hoping I was wrong. Thanks for the direction guys. 

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Depending on how bad you frame rail is will determine if you need to remove engine or not. You can do a section repair of the rail  if the damage is limited. Any good metal/autobody guy can execute a sectioned repair. That would make the job easier and cheaper without jeopardizing your structural integrity of you car.

 

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Mike - I too have the same problem your facing.  I started to fabricate my own frame rail but I had to call it quits (too cold outside) and I'll get back at it in the spring. Good luck!

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Mike. See post just now from Ken about “nose panel”. He is parting out a car and listed good frame rails for sale ?

 

Randy

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