Join Date: Jan 2015
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Welcome to the forum! Am sure you have noted, there are numerous A-body frame boxing "kits" on the market. At least Hellwig's has a facsimile of the original pockets used on '68+ convert frames to allow different positioning of a factory transmission crossmember. As far as the extra inboard mount creating a stronger frame, not sure I'd go that far.
At the overall cost you are referencing, $2400 + shipping of the Hellwig boxing kit, the total is fairly steep. what part of the country are you in that a clean normal unboxed 112" frame is $2000? Nice clean typical '68, 69, 70, & '71-72 non boxed 2 door A body frames are well under a $1000 in my region. Nice clean '68, 69, 70, & '71-72 convert A-body frames typically retail in same area for $1000-1400. I've hauled numerous frames up north on trips that way. There are sellers that love to blast 'em, powder coat them, & throw them on eBay for double that price...& am sure they occasionally get a desperate taker. Having retailed & wholesaled many dozens of original A body frames, just throwing out my experience.