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  • Frame on truck broke in half repairable?
  • Fixing a truck frame that is broken in half

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    03-01-2010, 09:03 PM
Green Broke
I would keep it running mechanically but no way would I put 4K in body work. Aftermarket paint and rust repair doesn't last that long. I think it would be throwing money away. If you buy a truck in the US you could pick up alot newer diesels with way fewer miles under 15K. My 2004 K2500HD with 20,000 miles is only worth about 15K, wouldn't sell it for that but there are deals out there on trucks with more miles on them
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    03-13-2010, 11:06 AM
Originally Posted by NorthernMama    
Is her truck a diesel? If mine wasn't a diesel I wouldn't even consider fixing it.
no, her's ain't. Just an old 318, but it's been a pretty fair rig. If it needed more than a few hundred bucks, I would really be squeamish about putting it into the thing. Especially major stuff like motor, tranny, or four wheel.
    05-03-2010, 10:38 PM
Before you spend an money on it, since you're in Ontario, be sure that the frame isn't corroding. Once they start to go, they go fast. My '93 Chevy now has 2 breaks in the frame on the driver's side. One is just in front of the rear axle. The other is almost at the very back, closer to the bumper. It's not repairable. Just thought I'd mention that. My frame was good in Nov 2008 when I bought the truck. It had the back crack by Oct 2009, was weld-repaired, and then totally broke in half by March 2010.
    05-04-2010, 09:32 PM
TC -- this thread is old; as you can see in my current avatar I already spent the $ and got it all fixed up! Thanks for the input though. I do know my frame is OK. My only concern is something in my steering that no matter how I try I can't put my finger on.... <sigh> One day it will become consistent and then I'll be able to fix it without tearing everything apart! :)
    05-04-2010, 10:26 PM
This thread's not That old, lol. I discovered the 2nd crack in my '93 frame in early March, and that truck is still sitting the driveway, unmoved but occasionally started up. I *might* get time to look around for a replacement starting about Friday, May 7. I'll have to find a dead truck with no rust to swap my good engine and drivetrain into. Either that, or I'll part out the '93 b/c it will be worth more that way than as a truck with 2 cracks in the frame.
    05-05-2010, 09:42 PM
I dunno why the cracks wouldn't be repairable -- another long chunk of steel on the inside of the frame, nice clean welds and some flat black paint does wonders! Depends if the rest of the frame is just going to kick out anyway though :(

Good luck! I know I couldn't find another used truck I liked for even twice the money I spent on fixing this one up. And I constantly get looks and comments, especially when I'm all dressed up for work in a skirt and high heels!

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