FRAME SIDE MEMBER REPLACEMENT
must be taken in attempting to straighten damaged frame parts as heating
and bending may reduce the
strength of the material to a
great extent. For this reason, it is recommended that unduly
damaged frame parts be replaced.
A damaged frame side member of the
box girder type (passenger cars) may
be replaced according to the
NOTE—Due to the welded
construction of the Cabriolet frame it is not practical to attempt
replacing a side member by the following method.
1. Raise the right side of the car, allowing
the left side to rest on its
wheels. In doing this place a
jack against the front cross member off center nearest to the affected side. The
front of the car is hoisted until the front wheels clear the floor.
the back part of the car a wooden beam
(4" x 4") approximately 4 feet in length is laid against the under side of the floor
pan 8 inches inside of the
frame side member, extending back from the second cross member
to the rear kick-up. Jacking pressure is applied until the rear wheel clears the floor. The
rear axle housing should now be
supported by blocks on the
A third jack is placed under the
second cross member and raised just
enough to give support to
2. Remove front and rear bumper
3. Remove front and rear tire and wheel
assemblies on affected
4. Remove front and rear
5. Disconnect the front brake line from frame
side member and front cross
member. Disconnect rear brake pipe. Disconnect gasoline tank
to fuel pump pipe from frame
side member by opening snap-on
fasteners. Disconnect emergency
brake cable at bracket.
NOTE—It is not necessary to
open the Rear Brake Line.
6. Remove battery and battery carrier. Remove
rear spring assembly on
affected side and disconnect the shock absorber at frame.
Disconnect gas pipe at gas
tank. Remove gas tank assembly.
7. Disconnect the front stabilizer by removing
the bolts attaching it to the
frame side mem-