Front frame rail repair.

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  1. Briscoe Bum

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    I’m working on my 71 Satalite I’ve had since 1979 and while removing the headers I found more rust on the left front frame rail just behind the K member. That rail has been patched once already so I’m thinking I’d rather swap out the entire rail. Looking all over the internet I can’t seem to find anything other than 70 down and or E Body parts. Now I remember reading that 71 E body front rails can be on a 71 B body or where I can purchase the correct frame rail or Safe-T-Cap. Any help will be appreciated. 21F68B76-1080-416E-A32B-A50325F7D1E9.jpeg 8465DFD4-FF06-45EA-902E-D57CDC7E0B41.jpeg
     
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      WOW YOU LIVE IN THE RUST BELT AREA?
       
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      There are a few small minor details different between the E-body & B-body. The rail will fit from an Ebody. I put a Goodmark rail in mine & it was listed for both. The differences were a blank hole up front, different shaped flange on the front of the horn corner, and the battery tray hole location about 3/4" off... Dont use a safe-t-cap. Do it right & be done.
       
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        Thanks so much for the reply, I had herd they would but I was hoping to hear from someone who tried, if I can’t find a good used one I will go that route. I’d like to do t right as the other three rails are spot on, no rust at all.
         
      • Briscoe Bum

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        Oh yes, although this car hasn’t seen snow since 1983, I ran an old truck during the winter, it was sitting on a Salt/sand pile when I bought it. Eight years prior though I’m sure it ran the salty, winter roads.
         
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