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Old 10-10-2019, 11:18 PM   #1
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Default 1930 Model A frame cross member question

I have a 1930 Model A frame fully assembled, running car.... I want to replace the nuts/bolts on the side of the frame that holds in the front cross member (side=facing the wheel) and was wondering if I can simply remove these bolts to replace, or am I dealing with sprung issues? Meaning.... as I loosen, is the cross member and the frame rail going to separate . The reason I need to remove all side bolts (x2) is that I need to grind off some super ugly welded shock mounting brackets.

So, the simple question is.... if I remove all side nuts/bolts from the core support/frame rail, what should I expect to happen?
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Old 10-10-2019, 11:42 PM   #2
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Default Re: 1930 Model A frame cross member question

There are several more than just the side ones. They should be rivets, but maybe the front cross-member has been replaced. You wont have any trouble. If I recall, there are 5 more on each side besides the ones your referring to.
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Old 10-10-2019, 11:54 PM   #3
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thanks much!!!!!
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Old 10-11-2019, 07:08 AM   #4
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Default Re: 1930 Model A frame cross member question

If the front cross member is bolted in, it has been reworked/replaced sometime in the past. Verify that the top bolts are in place before you remove the side bolts. Someone may have taken a short cut.
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Old 10-11-2019, 07:31 AM   #5
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Default Re: 1930 Model A frame cross member question

The bolts should be a line fit in their holes to prevent movement of the front crossmember.


Per side, there are 2 fasteners in the vertical wall in the frame-to-cross member, 3 fasteners flush in the top frame rail to cross member, and 1 fastener in each of 2 cross member tabs to the bottom of the frame.


All of these fasteners were originally steel hole-filling rivets.
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