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Old 05-22-2021, 01:38 PM   #1
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Frame material source?

I finally have the old plywood flooring torn out of my '55 Safari.
The frame is in good shape except for a cross piece at the very rear of the Safari.
Measurements of this steel cross piece are 4" width with 2" wings, about 1/16" thick.
I need to replace this piece and am having problems finding a match.

What type steel frame material do I need and where can I source this frame material?

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Old 05-22-2021, 02:03 PM   #2
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I used 2x4 steel building purlins from a local metal building supplier. Same gauge. Purlins have the two edges turned upward on the bottom edge and downward on the top edge. I didnt want them to hold moisture, so I drilled a few 1/4 weep holes on the bottom edge. They have worked out fine. Good luck.
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I am currently having 4x2 1/8" thick cross members bent up from sheet stock by a local welding place.

Any sheet metal shop with a decent brake can bend you what you need.
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Mustang Fabrications or EAB Ironworks, both in Bellefonte, have metal brake equipment that can fabricate the piece you need.

Or, as an alternate you could use a 4" x 4.5 lb steel U channel. It will be slightly heavier than bent metal, but will cost less that a custom piece. You might find a piece of scrap at a salvage yard or at a welding shop. It's pretty commonly used.
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