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88-98 Chevy Frame problems

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by DJ'S Outdoor, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. DJ'S Outdoor

    DJ'S Outdoor Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    anyone here ever have a problem with the frame rusting where the front lower control arm mount goes?
  2. carkey351

    carkey351 Senior Member
    Messages: 229

    yep, especially in Minnesota. Not much you can do but cut out the bad metal and weld some good stuff in (plus add the braces that I believe B&B came up with). that'll keep the control arm mounts from bending.

    Lots of guys on here use fluid film to coat the frames so they won't rust.
  3. DieselSlug

    DieselSlug PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,068

    I have a small rot hole followed by a crack
    Going to weld it up within the next few weeks.
  4. South Seneca

    South Seneca Senior Member
    Messages: 474

    Make sure you cut out the rust and a bit beyond so you have good steel to weld to. The frame accumulates salt and dirt through the factory holes. The old 93 1500 I had did that. When we cut it out there was about 5 lbs of crap in each side.
    Now when I wash my truck, I put the nozzle right in those holes and flush that crap out.
  5. sweetk30

    sweetk30 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    and if you have a 1" hole from the inside out plan on it being 3-4x bigger on the inside as most of the boxed frames i have seen rust bad from inside out.

    and check local/ state inspection / safty laws for fixing / welding / repairing on a frame .

    in new york state your not to weld / cut / fishplate with in 6" of suspension mounting point last i recall seeing in the rules book.

    and seen lots of 88-98 style go bad begind cab were cab mount / box first mount combo is welded to frame . colects crap and thins out there also.
  6. bad93blaster

    bad93blaster Member
    Messages: 70

    Any pics of the b&b piece?
  7. sweetk30

    sweetk30 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588