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Old 08-11-2009, 06:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Building a Buggy off a blazer frame

I am going to pick up a blazer frame that i was thinking of using to make a buggy out of. All my drivetrain is in a longbed frame right now, it has been shortened 18" and welded back up. There are lots of small things I woul lik to do for upgrades that would be easier on a new frame and out in the open, and then I can ditch the cab and front clip completly and go all tube. My main questions are:
When it comes to boxing the frame, I was going to pick up some 3/16"x5" or 6" and go to town from there. Do I need to do 100% of the frame when i do this??

How much strength will I gain by removing all rivets, and replacing with 7/16" bolts?? I was going to do this to make cleaning the frame up easier, and then figured that over time the rivets can loosen, so by going bolts, I can stiffen it all up.

It may be easier to build a frame from scratch in some ways, but I am wanting to stay BBC and run 52"/56' springs at the 112.5" wheelbase, so that would be super simple on here.
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Old 08-11-2009, 06:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I built this off a stock frame thinking it was easier since engine, trans, suspension mounts were already there. Afterward I wish I would have started the tube from scratch.

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Can I ask why you wish you could have started with just tube?
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Old 08-11-2009, 07:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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it would be alot cleaner and you are restricted to the shape of the frame. BTW that chassis is for sale, I traded it to a friend and he lost interest in wheelin and wants to sell it. Located in Wyoming.
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Old 08-11-2009, 08:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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By the time you reinforce it to take the stress of buggy wheeling, you're better off building from scratch. 2x4x.250 wall tube will be much stronger, and can be built in a day, a chevy frame should be boxed to handle the abuse.


Unless you're doing it for the ease of bolting a body on, I wouldn't bother
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