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welding body to frame (model a)

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by SledKicker, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. 327Eric
    Joined: May 9, 2008
    Posts: 1,537

    from Diablo Ca.

    I've seen a lot of early(80's) back halved pro street cars with front body mounts, and the rear tinwork welded in. It kinda ruins the car for the next guy, IMHO. Maybe thats why these welded cars tend to be period correct "survivors"
  2. Mr Haney
    Joined: Jul 17, 2008
    Posts: 1,001

    Mr Haney

    Randy [Motorhead] fruitloop from the deciples of speed, built his 30 A 20 years ago that way. He has been drag racing / street racing the car forever no problems. He has a full cage, 454, 4-speed, nine inch. He also runs slicks and beats the snot out of it! Do It, who cares, why not....
  3. DOUGIEB59
    Joined: Sep 19, 2011
    Posts: 15


    isnt the reason for a hotrod/rat rod to do it the way ya want... ya want pristine go buy mechum... this is my hobby and should be fun...
    let a fella build his car the way he wants!!
  4. After buying some cars that other people have sorta built and had to undo their engineering, all I can say is that I would really hate you if I happen to buy that car some day after it was all welded together.
    My 2¢..
  5. Our own "Metalshapes" has a roadster welded to the frame and dropped over it a bunch! Welded it all up in a monocoque [sp?] style and it is slick. Runs a supercharged 327 in it. There's a thread on it's construction here on the HAMB somewhere..lessee if I can find a photo of it.

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  6. I built this 32 back in the 60's Firewall welded in and welded to frame. Also welded in back of body to frame. This car was tight no rattles and would cruise at 80mph all day. I'm not sure I would do it today,but it worked great back then.

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  7. Pete1
    Joined: Aug 23, 2004
    Posts: 2,023

    from Wa.

    I saw a lot of A's and 32's back in the 50's and 60's that had the body welded on.
    It really stiffens everything up, especially if you put a roll bar in also.
    If it done right, the body won't develop cracks etc etc either.
    Most people with "theories" have never even seen a welded on body.
  8. SledKicker
    Joined: Sep 8, 2012
    Posts: 34


    well this thread turned into a firecracker. Thanks for all the examples, do's/don'ts, and history lessons guys!

    I'm not new to cars but admit being green with 20's-50's machines. Always learning and I'll admit it's always interesting to watch the old guard yell at each other :D
  9. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

    Damn! Your RIGHT! I just checked the list, "Famous Rat Rod Builders of the Forties" Sure enough, theres Jim Khougaz, in the #4 slot. Dont know how I missed that all this time!:rolleyes:
  10. Jedidiah
    Joined: Oct 8, 2008
    Posts: 177

    from Ft Worth

    What is the end result you are looking for? Is it just for strength? If so I would reccomend boxing the frame and some kind of x-member. It might be a little more work at the beginning but I think you will end up with a more rigid car.
  11. falconsprint63
    Joined: May 17, 2007
    Posts: 2,359

    from Mayberry

    had one like that--wont' do it again--FWIW.
  12. old soul
    Joined: Jan 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,093

    old soul
    from oswego NY

    Basicly I was just giving my opinon because some one asked for it. Im not sayen its a big no no to weld your boody to your frame. I was just giving my opinon and saying blunty. Why would you want to do that???? Just take your time and make it so you can unbolt it. Its like welding your fenders on your 55 olds to the body and welding your trunklid on. Why would you want to do that???? I mean you can do what ever you want. But you asked for opinons and thats my opinon.
  13. cometman98006
    Joined: Sep 4, 2011
    Posts: 223


    Back in 1956 I channeled my 34' ford 5 window and welded the body to the frame. As I remember it worked out great but I never had to take it apart as I blew the clutch in my full race olds at the drags wiping out the the back of the bellhousing. Sold it as I was in college and couldn't afford a new engine.
  14. 296 V8
    Joined: Sep 17, 2003
    Posts: 4,666

    296 V8
    from Nor~Cal

    I love it when people say the same exact thing someone else just said like they thought of it
  15. I not even touching this one...but will continue to enjoy the banter!
  16. Shaggy
    Joined: Mar 6, 2003
    Posts: 5,208

    from Sultan, WA

    Personally, my 27 roadster is almost welded down, i cut the subframe out and made thin 'subframe' to hold it togather so i could gain 1" of floor space after my channel. I wouldnt do it with a stock t or a frame, but i have a boxed '32 with a '40 x member
  17. Beau
    Joined: Jul 2, 2009
    Posts: 1,883


    Like sewing your underwear (gitch for you Canadians) to your jeans.
  18. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

    Well, no, you gave a little more than your opinion. You said "Its just a lack of skills and craftmenship and maybe pure lazzyness" AFTER being shown a photo of what was without doubt one of the best engineered, cleanest, most skillfully built rods of the forties, and being told the body was welded on. So, by inference, what you were saying is that Jim Khougaz showed a lack of skills and craftmanship when he built his iconic car. That SHOULD be grounds for being lynched on a forum about traditional hot rods, but since 95% of the membership doesnt know or care anything about traditional hot rods, you ALMOST skated by. But SOME of us do. As Harlan Ellison once said "No, you are NOT entitled to your opinion, you are entitled to your INFORMED opinion." But then Harlan was about as popular as I am, so... <!-- / message --><!-- sig -->
  19. trvguy
    Joined: Apr 12, 2010
    Posts: 94


    i really don't give a shit if anyone likes this. on this car the body was channeled and all the floors were gone. so i welded the body to the frame, iv'e been over 100 mph with it and i did it MY WAY.
    see my avatar.
  20. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

    Maybe this will clarify things.

    Note the following lines. "While its fit and finish were second to none, much of this roadster&#8217;s success was attributable to the streamlining effects of its stunning hand-crafted belly pan, the workmanship of which continues to impress."
    Does that sound like "Its just a lack of skills and craftmenship and maybe pure lazzyness"??
  21. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 29,584


  22. Some of you guys sure get all worked up and bent out of shape for the least little thing. No wonder so many threads get closed. Why not just state your opinion and move on? Nobody really cares if you are right or not..:cool:
  23. DrJ
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 9,418


    Many "traditional" rods had the bodies welded to the frames. A lot of them also were channelled, a lot, and had the doors welded shut, so alignment wasn't an issue.
    Blackie Gegian's roadster is the first one that comes to mind, along with Gary Heliker's '26 T roadster.
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2012
  24. Kerrynzl
    Joined: Jun 20, 2010
    Posts: 2,283


    Glue it on with Urethane Adhesive.
    And glue the firewall to the body and suddenly all the rattles disappear and the strength goes way-up.

    Can later be removed with a sharp knife.

    I build a car trailer which was glued together, and was very strong
  25. I think I'm qualified. On an informed opinion , is this a uni-bodied thing or just another dumb idea? Most of the time on the HAMB, you can't tell.
  26. hotrod--willys
    Joined: Dec 15, 2009
    Posts: 524


    Is all I can say about a lot of the opinions is, never be afraid to try something new remember, amateurs built the ark. Professional engineers built the Titanic.
  27. This thread has had me pondering the ideas and oppinions, reason for and against. And at first I was completely on the camp of a mounting system but realize that perment is more akin to newer cars where unibody is the norm, for a younger builder it proabaly makes sense. And then I was thinking about my upcoming project Gasser/Street Freak that will have a NHRA 8.5 full roll cage and just how removable will the body be at that point? And the stock mounting system on the 1942 Chevrolet coupe consisted of leather straps placed between the body and frame. I will more then likely use the stock mounting system but realize in modern unibody cars they often weld the cage at various points on the roof structure as well for overall rigidity.
    It is a question of case by case basis for the build style and the builders signature I suppose.
  28. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

    Well, if its got just ONE guy questioning the usual knee-jerk, neo-traditional, me-too bullshit, then I would say its served its purpose...
  29. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

    The list is long. Just the list of AMBR winners from the fifties that include either one or more panel welded shut, or the body welded to the frame. Niekamp, Anderegg, Gejian, Krikorian. Might even be more I'm not thinking of. Pretty impressive list for a bunch of guys that exhibited "a lack of skills and craftmenship and maybe pure lazzyness".
  30. _____________________________________

    Can you imagine being at the LA Roadster Show with a traditional welded body to the frame? It would not impress the judges, nor does it work for me.
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2012

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