A performance car is only as good as its foundation – the frame. If the frame is whacked out, it will never drive or handle correctly, probably even be unsafe. That’s why I chose a professional to modify my ’56 Corvette frame.
Most frame builders today create their frames from scratch – they don’t modify existing frames. They use framing jigs to weld all frame sections with top precision. All suspension, steering, and drivetrain mounts are also welded in to these new frames.
When I started in 2008, modifying was still available. I went to one of the best, Newman Car Creations. Be careful when choosing a frame builder. Some will say they have the best, most modern capabilities. Look beyond the hype, ask questions, do your research, and then make a qualified decision.
Below: I bought this frame on eBay from a bad vendor in Pennsylvania. After sandblasting, it was unusable.
Both rear frame rails were skewed to the passenger side. If I tried to put a performance car on this mess, it would be very dangerous – for me! The X-member had severe pitting, and rust had eaten through side rails just in front of the humps. Given the power of my car, I needed a better foundation than this thing.
It’s not completely gone though. I sold it to a guy who needed the front forks for his C1 stock restoration. He brought another C1 back to life!