Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Good thread diversion here Lionel - The advantage of this discussion is that other folks out there get to see what can be done
If you have a *lot* of fender work, Lionel's A Frame & arms is better, if you have lots of nose & tail work, mine is better, either can be made with simple home tools and a decent welding rig. In my case an Engineering works rolled the hoops for me, but the labour cost was minimal and I bought the steel & had it delivered to them.
If your workshop space is vast & you need to move the shell around, add wheels, if your available space is short & so is your off-the-car storage capacity, mine has this advantage
Both are adjustable for chassis lengths, hoop sizes on mine can be made bigger if you have a '57 Caddy in your stash, my hoop sizes were made according to my workshop roof height (allow for the roller plate & light fittings)
Both can be braced down the middle with a steel bar for cars with rotten floors & sills - I'd suggest making up a bar that went from the engine cradle bolts under the chassis rails to the rear trailing arm mounts, but to speak nicely to an Engineering works & install a large turnbuckle or adjustable bolt to allow for tweaking the frame to get it 100% straight when doing sills & door apertures - it's what I've got planned for one of my Sprints.
Last edited by AlfistiSA; 02-06-2013 at 08:53 PM.