11-26-2004, 09:45:00 PM
I have a 76 camaro that is beginning to rot at the front leaf spring mounting perch on the drivers side. What is the best way to fix this area? Can a piece be fabricated and welded in? All of the frame rails that I have seen do not include this area. Do I need to cut one out of an old car? Thanks in advance,
11-26-2004, 10:32:00 PM
If you're talking about just the mounting bracket, then you can simply replace the bracket.
However, if the rear frame rail that the bracket is mounted to is rusting out, you will need to patch or replace the frame section. I have some templates that can be used to fab up a new portion of the rail, however I'm unsure that they go that far up.
If it is possible, could you take and post some pics of what you are talking about?
11-27-2004, 01:04:00 PM
The area that is rusting is the floor where the front spring mount bolts to. I have bolt in subframe connectors (Comp Engineering) that also bolt to the same area. Luckily, they provide a little bit of stability for the spring mount. I will try to take pics. Thanks,
[This message has been edited by Racerdoc (edited November 27, 2004).]
11-27-2004, 03:28:00 PM
The front mount for the leaf spring is a bracket that is held in by three bolts. These brackets can be purchased at classic industries for around $25 each. If the area above this bracket is rotted, you want to pull out your rear seats, pull up the carpet, and remove the underlayment that is underneath the carpet. This will expose the floor pan and surrounding areas. This spot can be a pain to work in because the floor pan is reinforced with a second layer of metal. It is also where the floor pan meets the inner wheel well and the sheet metal that comes from the front of the trunk and drops down to the level of the floor and supports the seat backs. Pieces can be fabricated to fit in there (thats what I did) but it would be easier to find a donar car that was solid in this area and cut out the parts. If I can find a post that covered this, I'll post again with the link.
11-27-2004, 03:34:00 PM
Check out the link below. The rot topic was covered here. Check out ALL the pictures linked in the first post. I think it will supply you with the info your looking for.
11-27-2004, 07:29:00 PM
Hey,thanks for the link. That is the exact area I was referring too.One of my speed nuts rusted free. Maybe multiple small patches would work.
11-27-2004, 08:49:00 PM
Small patches is how I did it. The patches ran from the floor to the rocker panel or inner wheel house. I then ran a strip of metal lengthwise over the small patches just to help tie everything together. Did this with both the floor pan and the floor pan reinforcement.