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7/16/13 3:24pm - Original Message: 'Are these gaps in my frame supposed to be here?'
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1972 454 Coupe, 4 speed, Targa Blue with blue interior, luggage rack

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You may have seen my many posts in other forums on the extensive work I'm doing to the rear half of my 72 coupe, including having the rear trailing arms rebuilt.  Here's my next dumb question:  Upon removing the trailing arms and inspecting the frame where the rear kick up is, I noticed that there is a supporting piece of metal welded directly under the pocket where the trailing arm inserts.  On my frame this is starting to rust out and I need to have it welded (thats what is holding up my project right now - if anyone knows of a welder who can come to me in Central Jersey let me know!) See picture below
 
 
Sorry I cant get the picture to rotate but it should be rotated 90 degrees to the right.  The repair needs to be made to the seam to the right of the screwdriver handle as viewed on the unrotated picture.  My question is regarding the gap that the blade of the screwdriver is inserted in, where the kick up meets the rocker portion of the frame, should there be "slots" or spaces here or should they be welded closed?  Here are additional shots -I'm questioning the spaces where the the screwdrivers are inserted, again all pictures should be rotated 90 degrees right.  The slots/holes are on both sides of the pocket in the kick-up. degrees
 


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7/16/13 10:58pm - Reply: 'Re: Are these gaps in my frame supposed to be here?'
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Those "gaps" are there to help keep water/dirt from being trapped in that area. It helps, but not enough....the whole area is still prone to rust. Don't be tempted to weld them up....

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7/17/13 5:42pm - Reply: 'Re: Are these gaps in my frame supposed to be here?'
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Thanks, feel a little better! Now if my welder would just show up!  I have a MIG set up but I never learned how to use it, just might be that time!

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