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frame z-ing question

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by SledKicker, Sep 23, 2012.

  1. SledKicker
    Joined: Sep 8, 2012
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    I've been researching frame z-ing as i'm about to start my frist frame modification ever. It's a 30 model a tudor if it matters.

    My question is, when z-ing a frame, you obviously lose overall length, right? isn't this important? Unless i understand this completely wrong, you cut at a 45 degree angle, and flip the piece of metal to raise/lower the section in front or behind the cuts. How does the length you lost not matter or are people adding more metal in to make up for it?
     
  2. -Brent-
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  3. 29sportcoupe
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    from arizona

    when I did mine I used 3/16 flat steel and made plates that overlap the frame and boxed it at the same time. Made templates from cardboard then I cut them out of the flat stock and welded over my existing frame and then cut the old frame rail out. The back half of my car is far stronger than the original frame rails.
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  4. SledKicker
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    Ok thanks guys
     
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  5. EZ Cool
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    Heres how I zeed the frame for my 37 pickup. Did not loose any length. Dropped the cab 6" with out sacrificing leg room.

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  6. Only if you do it wrong.
     
  7. terrarodder
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    from EASTERN PA

    The way EZ Cool did it is the way I did mine back in the 50s only mine were fish plated inside and outside,I'm also doing my Dodge pickup that way now.
     
  8. SledKicker
    Joined: Sep 8, 2012
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    i think im going to do it like that with mine. thanks fellas!
     
  9. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
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    'Cept that's not a Zee. That's a step-notch.
     

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