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History Frame lightening holes from the factory

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Beanscoot, Apr 8, 2021.

  1. Beanscoot
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    In the many previous posts on the subject, I don't recall reading about actual stock holey frames. So here's one, the 1932 Nash.

    Apparently it was only used on the big "Advanced" and "Ambassador" series:

    "On the 1090 models, the webs of the frame side rails are punched out for lightness."

    Source: March 5th, 1932 "Automotive Industries" magazine.

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    Any other stock, non-racing specials etc. cars that came with frame lightening holes?
     
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  2. Fiat Topolino chassis is very light.
    fiat topolino.jpg fiat-topolino-chassis.jpg
     
  3. racerben
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  4. egads
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    1963 Pontiac Super Duty swiss cheese. 1963-Pontiac-Swiss-Cheese-Bare-Frame.jpg
     
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  5. catdad49
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    Very interesting, that Fiat frame looks pretty stout with all those crossmembers.
     
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  6. bschwoeble
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    Wow! Always saw pictures when the body was on the frame. Never saw just the frame. An experiment that didn't work out so good.
     
  7. egads
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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Actually worked pretty good.
     
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  8. Beanscoot
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    Wow, the Fiat frame looks like it would be pretty light without any holes!

    Doesn't "Topolino" mean "little mouse" in Italian?
     
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  9. Yes it does. Topolino or Austin 7 were often used as the basis for a Special in the UK

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  10. Deuces
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    from Michigan

    Ummm...... Yup!....:);)
     
  11. kabinenroller
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    That must be a post ‘48 Topolino frame. I have an original ‘37 Topolino in my shop and the frame ends before the rear end kick up. It also has the lighting holes, the frame itself is very light gauge material. They must have ben real “flexi fliers” on a bumpy road.
     

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