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Stainless chassis

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by THE235KID, Feb 12, 2016.

  1. PeteFromTexas
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    Quite a few years back there was a thread where a gentleman built a chassis for his hot rod out of stainless. I've been digging for two hours and I can't find it. Does anyone remember this it have a link?
     
  2. the-rodster
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  3. noboD
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    It's been a long time, but I remember a blue '32? coupe at Macungie Wheels of Time with a stainless frame. A BIG $$ guy had the car, said there were two frames built. I'm thinking the company that made them was from Michigan.
     
  4. The37Kid
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    Solar Midgets built just after WWII had stainless steel chassis. Helpful ore useless info I've had floating in my brain. Bob
     
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  5. PeteFromTexas
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    The-Rodster. Yes. That is it. Thank you!!!
     
  6. mgtstumpy
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    A fellow down here built a boxed 33 chassis from SS, looked nice. I was led to believe that SS would work harden over time and eventually suffer from fatigue as it not as well suited to stressors when compared to mild steel.
     
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  8. chopolds
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    Back in the Pro Street days, Rick Dobbertin built the ultimate street machine starting with a fully polished, stainless tubular space frame. I think it was called the J-2000. Had a blown AND turboed engine in it. Built it all himself.
     
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  10. alchemy
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    Chassis Engineering (the dropped axle guys) used to build complete chassis. I remember seeing an A chassis they did in their booth at the shows that was completely polished stainless.
     
  11. I can understand the lure of a stainless frame but to me it seems like an exercise in excess. :D
     
  12. alchemy
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    That's what hot rodding is all about. Excess!
     
  13. Steve Lang is the King of Stainless - check out any of his threads.
     
  14. Mike VV
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    Don't know of that chassis, but there's a guy that did a nice job on a Stainless chassis for an Avanti not too long ago.

    Mike
     
  15. stimpy
    Joined: Apr 16, 2006
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    nothing wrong with stainless if its the right type , your city busses (mci, nova , orions ) some have stainless frames and most chemical tankers are the barrel is loadbearing and frameless and they hold up for years ( we do get ocassional cracking ) . just cost and fabrication would be the limits of doing it .
     
  16. langy
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    I really can't see that as there are many parts made in stainless that are under far more stress than a frame without breaking, I used 316L as it resists weld migration
     

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