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Frame condition question
Hey guys, I am curious about frames. After a small decison based on misinofrmation, i had orignally purchased a replacement frame for me 1968 GTO convertible, but discovered that I had gotton a hardtop fromae and not a convertible frame. I have since sold the hardtop frame and picked up a propert convertible frame for my car.
When I first look at the convertible chasis frame it was still on the donar car. The auto dismantler lifeted the car witha fork lift and let me look and poke around the frame. At the time I viewed the frame, it appeared to be in pretty good conditon, not withstanding a little surface rust and dirt. I did not see any rot, repair patches, or damage.
Then when I came to pick up the frame a couple days later, the auto dismantler had the bare frame on the ground; and then I notice a small dent in the top rail on the rear rear driver side of the frame. The dent is on the top of the frame rail only, spands the width of the frame rail, is about 2" wide, and the side of the rail has a very slight bulge. Other than this small dent the frame looks great.
Can any one tell me whether this small dent is going to be a problem with the frame? It appears that only the top rail has the dent and looks like the dent might have been caused by a fork lift. Is this something that can be easily fixed or is this frame shot?
I have included a few photos, 1) is viewing top rail from directly above frame, 2) is top rail from rear wheels towards rear 3) is side rail with view of top rail, and 4)bottom rail directly underneath, showing the buldge in side rail.
Any advice would be helpful. Thanks