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Cutting out rust?

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by nwtreeoctopus, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. nwtreeoctopus

    nwtreeoctopus

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    Hello! After years of wanting, I just got my first Land Cruiser: an '81 BJ42. I've already started restoring body parts and looking for mods, but I've noticed that the frame has a few rusty parts that I want to fix... My first instinct was to just replace the frame, but would it be safe to cut out the rusted frame parts and just weld in new steel? The main area I'm concerned about is the far back of the frame (basically where the license plate attaches). Any input would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    pics will say it all.. post them up
     
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    If the frame rails themselves are OK, just replacing the rear crossmember is always an option. I think there are 14 rivots needed tho drop it. If that's the route you take MAF's 4-plus line has one after market that I've heard looks great.
     
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    It's raining too hard to post pictures at the moment, but I'll get it done when it's a little more clear outside.
     
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    You will have to cut the welds on the back half of your rear spring hangers and reweld on the new crossmember and rebolt through all the rivet holes. I did this on my 74 and the hardest part is punching out the rivets.


    Kevin
     
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    I installed a new rear crossmember from Land Cruiser Solutions on my '76. It's a nice piece and it really cleaned up the back frame of the cruiser.
     
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    that looks perfect. Thanks a lot guys. Got to get that rid of that rust so that I can make it to 250,000 miles
     
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