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post #1 of 14 Old 01-27-2008, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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Suggestions- buy or not?

The truck I'm looking at is a 97 F350 crew cab 4x4, E4OD, 110K miles, spray in liner, aluminum wheels, 2 new batteries, new starter, new alternator, chipped, Banks Transcommand, newer tires, pillar pod with boost/trans temp/EGT, new exhaust with down pipe, full loaded XLT. The bad news is, it was hit in the front and the frame is bent bad enough to need to be replaced. The guy is asking $6K for it. From looking at the photos, I don't think there's any way the frame can be fixed, so I'm looking at having to strip the truck all the way down and throw a new frame under it. I don't have a problem doing the work, I'm just wondering what kind of time might be involved- I'm thinking probably a month worth of weekend work should get it back up and running again. Thoughts?

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Price sound a little high to me if the frame is that bad.....
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did a salvage title get put on it?? if not, i would say, buy and replace the frame.

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Salvage title. All the body work (save the bumper) is still straight, the part of the frame that is bend are the tubes that extend forward of the core support mounts, they are pushed 3-4" to the passenger side:


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I say it is a little high. You would also need to see if you can find a new frame first.
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Course, I am not sure if this can be done, but I am sure it can. If the rest of the frame is good, then cut out the bad, and weld in new frame with the right supports.
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A bit high I think!! You may find a good frame man locally that may stretch it back out and track perfectly. I did this some years back and saved a ton! Good Luck!!

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Would $4500 be more in line? I didn't figure there was a snowball's chance in you-know-where the frame could be straightened back out. I've found a few frames by looking on car-parts.com, the most expensive were $1000 but many were less. Cutting/welding might work but that's not something I'd like to tackle... I wouldn't feel good throwing my family in the truck not knowing what might happen if we were to get in an accident.

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Here are some more photos:






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Have you looked at it yourself? Is it really JUST the frame that is bent? You may want to look close at all the suspensions mounts, etc. to make sure there isn't any breakage there.
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