Are these common frame cracks?
I was hoping to avoid the restoration thread, but here I am...
While cleaning up my front clip, I noticed some cobbled up welding on the frame rail, along with a crack, just in back of rear mount of the lower control arm (see red mark in pic). Both sides look the same, and had a previous repair as evidence by the chicken-s**t weld.
I plan to weld a patch over these areas to strengthen it up, but was curious if it is common for the A-body frame to crack here?
Also, I had some rust-through on the outside of frame rail where the steering box bolts on (collects garbage on the inside and rots). After cutting the bad stuff out, I am going to weld in a patch.
For these types of repairs, what gauge of steel do you guys like to use? I assume it does not need to be too heavy so you can form as needed...