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    7necharger Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys i bought complete floors ,frame etc etc from AMD and fitment are not good specialy for the front frames.i like to know how many people bought the front frames and were they good?any complains about front frames?i have heard lots of storys so like to conform who ever restore there cars.
     
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    In general, the factory parts fit better. Floors are good to learn on, just make sure they're flush with the frame sections first. As for the frame, depending on the extent of the rust/damage, a section from a donor car may fit up and match easier than a reproduction. Added internal gussets would be best to restore strength.
     
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    amd stuff is better than nothing but that's about it
     
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      the floor and trunk pans that AMD makes are not bad
      because they are stamped from a flat pan and they are not very complex to make
      once they have to have a curve in a part like a wheelhouse
      or they get more complex like a frame rail
      forget it
      the quality runs away fast.
      some of the stuff is unusable without heavy modification
      the parts can be used but then you need someone with a high skill set to make it work
      and even then you might need to buy 2 parts to make one (been there)
      without being able to detect issues when done.
      your best bet is finding original parts unless you own a high skill set
      and have a lot of free time
      good luck
       
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        The rail I used was fine in terms of mating with factory stuff. But as was said - the repro stuff, even "the best", are not as good as the OEM used in good shape. I wouldn't have any fear of using their stuff though. If a frame rail doesn't fit, there may be other reasons not related to the part. Or it may be the part. Do what you have to do.
         
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        7necharger Well-Known Member

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        I purchased front frame from AMD and noticed drivers side frame is half inch shorter from where it attach to torsion bar. Will check on Monday again. I am thinking to install original donar frames from another car.
         
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          Shorter than the one you removed? Or shorter when you test fit it? Just trying to establish what it could be.. Part or car. You want to make sure the holes and mounting points are all in the right places. If they are not, it might be more indicative of the part being bad.
          I'd probably just cut it and extend it, making sure the mounting points for everything important stay where they need to.
           
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          When in doubt when it comes to AMD
          It's the part.
          I have read before the AMD rail as being a
          Inch short
          So you are not the only or first to deal with this issue.
           
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          Look up some YouTube videos from DIY Automotive School guy has a video on the quality of replacement parts. He's working on a 67 Camaro and has a new Dynacorn rear quarter. He has to cut it half to make it fit as it was 1" short out of the box. I enjoy his tirades more than the work he does. But he always explains the hows and whys of what he is doing.
           
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          That's kind of my point. Lots of time, and probably a little money, and aggravation to get another part that may have the same or different issues. Deal with the known quantity and move on is what I'd be looking to do.
           
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          Don't expect aftermarket stuff to fit perfectly. You are going to have to work at it. Count your blessings if it all fits good. The cars/parts the companies use for mockup and test fit work fine. Due to very loose factory fits, peoples expectations for things being perfect when they were never so when new, frustrates those who are unfamiliar with the task. What fits one car perfectly may not fit another one.
           
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