1964 Convertible Frame Thickness ???
Hi, I have a 1964 tempest convertible with rust in the typical area right behind the front wheel and in the center / boxed section (the whole weld bead on the bottom is rusty and the metal is thin.
My question is if I can take a 1965 hardtop frame and box it. From the attached pictures (from the 1964 shop manual), it looks like all you need to do is fabricate a section and lap weld it in the center section between the front and rear tires and box the rear section behind the rear wheels to the trunk. Pretty easy, right?
However, what concerns me is that the same shop manual says that the convertible frame is made of "heavier metal thickness". Is this true? I own both a hardtop and convertible and the thickness looks the same. Really looks to me like they all they did at the factory to make a convertible was to weld the boxed section in in the center and rear sections.