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Depends on the condition of the rest of the frame. You might be surprised with some other areas after you pop the body off and media blast the entire thing. A good shop can easily repair the area in your photos if that’s the only trouble spot.
 

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That is the only trouble spot on the whole car. Thanks for the advice though
 

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Could you elaborate on why a shop would not repair the frame
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sure - as I stated - LIABILITY -

if a shop tries to "fix/repair" the frame by boxing it in - or welding a section into the rotted area -
and ANY other part of the frame fails -
that shop COULD be sued - and possibly held responsible -
for ANY personal injury related to the failure -
 

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sure - as I stated - LIABILITY -

if a shop tries to "fix/repair" the frame by boxing it in - or welding a section into the rotted area -
and ANY other part of the frame fails -
that shop COULD be sued - and possibly held responsible -
for ANY personal injury related to the failure -
I see frame repairs online all the time but I think I’m gonna go with a frame I located and replace the old frame all together.never thought I would be doing a frame off build with this car.
 

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From a lifelong northeasterner, It looks like the old Caddy has taken a pretty good salt bath the past 50 years. The frame rust is as bad as it gets, I would doubt that is an isolated spot, you may not have found them yet, but they are there. The sheet metal has got to have spots that are pretty rusted also. To have rust fixed properly, it would cost you a fortune. Just guessing, but I bet those rear fenders have been patched and loaded with bondo.

I know this is probably you dream to fix the old girl up, but it may not be a good candidate. Rather than go broke with this one, I think I would make this a parts car and look for one with a better body. I would look a little further down south, than what you are, that way no salt.

My 2 cents

Good Luck

Tom
 

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From a lifelong northeasterner, It looks like the old Caddy has taken a pretty good salt bath the past 50 years. The frame rust is as bad as it gets, I would doubt that is an isolated spot, you may not have found them yet, but they are there. The sheet metal has got to have spots that are pretty rusted also. To have rust fixed properly, it would cost you a fortune. Just guessing, but I bet those rear fenders have been patched and loaded with bondo.

I know this is probably you dream to fix the old girl up, but it may not be a good candidate. Rather than go broke with this one, I think I would make this a parts car and look for one with a better body. I would look a little further down south, than what you are, that way no salt.

My 2 cents

Good Luck

Tom
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If it's your baby do what you have to do to make it right. I've attached a picture of my 69.
George
Wow she’s a Beauty!!! I’ve recently done some research and called a couple junkyards. I’ve located a new frame and I found front fender patch panels but my only problem is the rear quarter panels.It’s completely rusted where you connect the skirt to the wheel well. Hopefully I can find a body shop that can repair the damage the previous owner who had it had a shop who used a lot of Bondo for what reason I don’t know.
 

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should I get another frame or try to have this repaired it’s only on the passenger side.
My mom bought this car brand new and I restored it completely original except the motor. It's got a 1970 eldorado 500 bored out .060 over.
Had the motor dynoed 540 horsepower 714 lb-ft of torque. Also Holley sniper fuel injected. Car rides like a dream and it's quiet but is a beast.
It took me close to 15 years to build the car. I wish you good luck with yours and I'm sure you'll be satisfied with it.

George
 

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Wow!!! Thanks man 540 horsepower dam I bet she will fly. I’m motivated to get her right now thanks man.
 

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As a rust belt denizen who's fairly good with a welder, I've repaired worse. So it is do-able, but unless you got a buddy who welds, you'll likely have to do it yourself. Clean off as much rust as you can using whatever you have handy. You can blast it, wire wheel it, use those biscuits that fit in your drill. Get off as much as possible than soak the crap out of it with X-tend rust converter. Get it up into the frame as far as you can. Not an ideal fix maybe, but it will solve the problem at least for a few years.

I'd make a template out of cardboard and cut a patch that will extend well out onto the good metal. When done, grind down your welds, a little mud, if you end up making a sharp corner, blunt it a bit with a hammer. Once done it won't be that noticeable unless somebody is under the car looking for it.

For those of you who live in mild climates, certain areas of our cars take a beating and it's not that unusual for the frame rails in back to be completely shot, while the rest of the frame is relatively solid. Sometimes you just got to do what you got to do to keep these old classics on the road. Parts and shops willing to do resto projects are many times hard to come by.

Just my 2 cents. Hope it helps.
 
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