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I posted the other day about the cross member that I traded for being only 31 1/2" wide and the frame being 34" wide.
I took Dave's advise & ordered the frame mount from Ecklers. He assured me that this mount would work because his cross member was also 31 1/2".
Well big surprise,the cross member w/these mounts bolted on is only 33" plus the holes dont match at all.
Now I can Jerry Rig it and drill new holes in the cross member and bolt the side that supposed to mount to the frame to the x member and use the shorter end on the frame,try to find a longer xmember or ?"?
Just what I needed another crap sandwich day.
 

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I posted the other day about the cross member that I traded for being only 31 1/2" wide and the frame being 34" wide.
I took Dave's advise & ordered the frame mount from Ecklers. He assured me that this mount would work because his cross member was also 31 1/2".
Well big surprise,the cross member w/these mounts bolted on is only 33" plus the holes dont match at all.
Now I can Jerry Rig it and drill new holes in the cross member and bolt the side that supposed to mount to the frame to the x member and use the shorter end on the frame,try to find a longer xmember or ?"?
Just what I needed another crap sandwich day.
Fred in reviewing your previous post along with this post, a possible solution would be to purchase some 3x3x3/16 angle, cut two pieces say a 1/4" wider than the crossmember and make some new ones. Certainly, having to do it this way is a PITA, but it is a solution.

Review the sketch below for an illustration:

 

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And most metal suppliers will cut the angle iron the length you want and all you have to do is drill the holes, probably cheaper than Ecklers angle iron.
 

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Fred in reviewing your previous post along with this post, a possible solution would be to purchase some 3x3x3/16 angle, cut two pieces say a 1/4" wider than the crossmember and make some new ones. Certainly, having to do it this way is a PITA, but it is a solution.

Review the sketch below for an illustration:

Thats what I suggested in the last post, both my cars are this way.
 

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Thats what I suggested in the last post, both my cars are this way.
I called around again today and the widest that I have found is 2" angle iron..I'll try again Monday.
 

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Fred if you were just a little closer I'd give you some 3" angle... Shipping would be more than the material cost... The owner of the local welding shop usually gives me any small pieces I need...
 

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OF....Another possibility might be to lengthen the crossmember by welding a plate to the bottom of it, as Cnut suggested in the previous thread.....See link:http://www.trifive.com/forums/showthread.php?t=51278 Then you can match the holes to the angles that you purchased from CCI.

Regret that they didn't work out for you.
 

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OF....Another possibility might be to lengthen the crossmember by welding a plate to the bottom of it, as Cnut suggested in the previous thread.....See link:http://www.trifive.com/forums/showthread.php?t=51278 Then you can match the holes to the angles that you purchased from CCI.

Regret that they didn't work out for you.
I've gotten a coupla suggestions to look at the answers from my 1st post.They are all great suggestions.
My problem(one of em) is that I expect things to work like I'm told that they will.When I ordered the mounts from Ecklers,I asked for the dimensions of the brackets and no-one could tell me if they were 1 1/2" or 2' wide. Also if the mounts work for others and 55-57 frames are the same and the crossmember is the same as others (31 1/2")then they should work for me.
Yes I could take the crossmember to a welding shop and have a piece added and if Ecklers will let me return these and refund all of my $$($33.33) then I will do that.I got some 1 1/2" angle iron that I originally planned to use because I expected the darn thing to fit.
And YES I know that its all my fault because I didnt ask the guy that I got the crossmember how wide it is...........
 

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Hey Fred,

Hope these photos can help you out. I believe the crossmember was put into the car years ago by a professional driveline shop and they did a great job.

It had 2 nice slotted angle brackets.

Here's the crossmember that you have.




Here's how they mounted it into my car.



















Then I met Nick P. and went to this style crossmember......


 

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Hey Fred,

Hope these photos can help you out. I believe the crossmember was put into the car years ago by a professional driveline shop and they did a great job.

It had 2 nice slotted angle brackets.

Here's the crossmember that you have.




Here's how they mounted it into my car.



















Then I met Nick P. and went to this style crossmember......


Geoff.Thanx for the pix.I,m not blaming you its just that when I think I know what I'm doing and how things will go I end up w/another crap sandwich. I'm just gonna turn the mounts that I got from Eclers on their side & they will work fine.
 
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