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1969 GTO Project Halted, Need Advise

So, I started a 1969 GTO project with my dad. Upon him stripping everything down he realized it must have been hit pretty good at one time on the right side. The frame has a pretty good kink in it on the vertical radius behind the front suspension. I have not found a body shop that would touch it (as of this post). So my question is: do shops not do this type of work any longer, or am I just calling the wrong places? (I am in the Philadelphia region). If replacement is another option where is the best source to find a frame? Thank you in advance for any insight!
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Oh man that sucks , for sure. I hate it when someone takes advantage of a buyer. Depending on how bad the wrinkle and the location of this wrinkle it just might not be able or possible to straighten, I do body work and have been a body tech and have been part of some pretty hard hit and bent frames, keep in mind that frame is 48 + plus years old and just might not be strong enough to with stand the heat that would be needed to straighten and a shops liabilty would be on the line as well, you might find yourself up to locating a usable frame, sorry to say. You might check with CTC Auto Ranch in Texas, Franks Pontiacs in California, and there might be somewhere closer ( I hope for your sake) , I’m not for sure and hope someone would jump in and direct you in a better direction, I’m just offering my opinion.
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Depends on your budget and what you want to do with the car as well. There are a variety of aftermarket / performance frames, that are better than the factory, but they are not cheap and affect the titling of the car in some states.

As for autobody shops, very few shops out here in socal are interested in restorations or working on old cars.

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As for autobody shops, very few shops out here in socal are interested in restorations or working on old cars.
Rounsville is one, Louie does excellent freehand pin striping and they have a frame rack.

Here is a pic of him doing the stripes on my '67 and another guys '66.

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I believe the guy is looking for frame help, just saying, not sure where pin striping came from out of this topic,🤣, but least he had a recommendation when he gets to that point.
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The point is they do it all, apparently you missed the part where I stated they have a frame rack.
Just sayin'
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I appreciate the feedback thus far, I am on the east coast though.
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Calm down, lol
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I appreciate the feedback thus far, I am on the east coast though.
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Thank you, I have reached out to most on that Google search prior to posting without luck. I will try a few of the others.
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