70 GTO coupe-frame reinforcement plates
I am parting out a very rusty early 70 coupe and I have noticed several unusual (I think) steel reinforcement plates welded to the frame rails, the plates are 1/2" thick steel cut and bent to align with the frame at the following locations;
There are two (one on each side) at the front of the frame on the top of each rail
There are two (again one each side) welded to the underside of the frame along the bend directly behind the rear lower a-frame mount
There is one on the top of the right side frame rail along the bend at the front cowl, this one appears to have had a vertical piece of steel welded to it and torched off at some point. The edges and welds of these plates are clean and smooth and the contours fit the frame very well.
There are also two plates that appear to be 1/4" angle iron welded to the top and inside or each rail at the center point of the arch over the rear axle...my theory for the angle iron is as follows....it looks to me as if the rear horns of the frame have both been replaced along with a rear quarter, I think that the car was rear ended and the frame was straightened and repaired and the angle iron was part of that repair.
I was told that this may have been an experimental car that was shipped from Pontiac to Saginaw steering gear. I have not sent the VIN to PHS yet as I am parting out the car. It is a very low option car, automatic trans, , column shift with a tilt wheel, bench seat w/armrest, 3:55 open rear axle.
Does anyone have any thoughts?...I will try and post some photos