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Any advice on cleaning out years of crud from cross members and frame rails. They are all boxed design and I can't get access to front or back as openings are welded in by P.O.. has anyone undertook cutting frames open for cleaning and then welding then back up again. I've got an old frame which I can practice on before attempting to weld on the truck frame. I'm a very novice welder to say the least. But am hoping to practice and learn . Thanks in advance 



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Sounds like you're in over your head...... If not now, you soon will be.
Why would you think it would be a good idea to cut up your frame? Especially when you don't seem to know how to fix it properly?
I guess if that"s what you want to do? Then get after it... Just jump in, Both feet..... call it a learning experience.

Just my opinion.... take it for what it is, seems like you have a solid plan though.....




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How else would I learn to do something without doing it? Also I wrote on here to see if anyone had ideas which would be better than opening the frame up for cleaning. How does everyone else get the frames cleaned out?

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What a great service!

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It might be helpful if you could post some pics as I'm not clear on whether you have a frame made of square tube or a channel frame (three sides) that has been boxed ... either way though, you could possibly add some "access" holes like the ones in the pic I've attached.  This would allow you to get inside the frame with scrapers, chemicals, maybe even blasting of some sort.

 

 

 

 

Image result for boxed frame hot rod



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I cut a series of holes in my HenryJ frame to aid in cleaning out.



-- Edited by henrys57wagon on Wednesday 27th of June 2018 02:25:59 PM

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the problem with trying to sand blast or media blast is you cant get it all out and the stuff will hold moisture
maybe cut open or fab access ports and dip the whole chassis in a bath of solvents you would need a huge huge volume of solvents

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kijjij free is always giving away hottubs
Grab a few glass em together make a vat..that will handle the size .
Fill it with molasses solution or other....

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tel7yXwtXI8



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Managed to get a few pics. The frame is boxed ( 2 c chanel welded together it looks like) the truck is from bc and while the rust doesn't look to bad the cross members are notorious for collecting crud.  Also the frame rails had some sections that are packed with dirt.



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If it were me, I would shove an air hose into the ends as far as you can and blow out as much dirt as you can.....Then, after painting etc the outside, spray oil into it wherever you can get to.

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Probably 35 years ago I used  the metal laundry.   Now a new name Technostrip.   Same address for years. 

A large tank that could handle any super large item. Whole vehicles and more 

Took my 68 Chev Station Wagon frame to them disassembled as much as possible.  They acid dipped it then used a local painter to apply an Expoy enamel paint in black .  

Cant seem to find the photos but they are in my Car Show book.  I can add them later.  

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Thanks for all the advice. Would the techno strip dissolve all the dirt and debris in the rails or would they need to get the packed dirt removed somehow first?

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Mattmctree wrote:

Thanks for all the advice. Would the techno strip dissolve all the dirt and debris in the rails or would they need to get the packed dirt removed somehow first?


 That would be a Question for them..

However it would be best to blow out as much as you can.

Although the chem they use will in deed chew right through such dirt



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