Did the LA (California) plant build seam AND seamless frames? If so, what was the approx. percent per each and how we're they chosen? I am inquiring about the '57 but tri-fives in general. Thanks
Ok, wise ones, Somebody explain to me how switching the VIN number on a frame is somehow different than switching a VIN on a body tag. I can't see the difference. I realize there is no intent to defraud anyone, and I have made that point many times. Somehow it comes out as just semantics.Thank you Rick! My son's recent '57 150 2 dr. purchase has VIN VA57L....... There were questions w/regards to the original VIN tag. We took the body off and ck'd the frame(seamless) numbers........they matched the VIN numbers perfectly. However, the frame was so modified(front clip Camero something), rear clip something. We couldn't really use it. We also bought, at the same time, an extra '57 frame because we knew the frame was heavily modified. Well, the spare frame is an Oakland(seam) frame. I did the next best thing.........cut both stamped sets out of the LA frame and am going to graft them into the Oakland frame. They are both CA frames so they are like cousins. Now, I really dought this will amount to a hill of beans, but at least his 150 will have a matching frame and will make us feel better since some PO destroyed the original frame.
That was 5000 per year as I stated from memory.Maybe someone that has the proof will chime in.Texas? I don't think so. I'll bet both were built in the Rust Belt somewhere. Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, New York, or somewhere close to those.
And 5000 frames doesn't even come close to the number made.
There is the same story in the new December 2013 Street Rodder magazine, pg 138.The seamless frames have also been called "Nascar" frames. i was told by an old guy years ago a story that in order to run the lighter seamless frame in Nascar , 1500 had to be put in production. I held this information to be gospel for years until i joined here and the myth was debunked.
My one piece is fully boxed all the way back to the crossmember. (from California and real pretty too, what's left of it, scars and all)Are the California frames fully boxed in the rear unlike my lowly 2-piece with ugly c-channel rear section.
I found a one piece locally for 500 asking price with diff, springs, front suspension & rolling wheels on it. Anywhere I should look for weak points?
Can I identify a 2-door from a 4-door frame? Thanks for all input to this.
My 2-piece has some "surprises" and welds & scars from ladder bars, once coiled-over, trailer hitched & other aftermarket crap or yore.