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Old October 17th, 2003, 08:49 AM
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Question Thoughts on galvy chassis?

Just was doing some research on a galvy swap. I know a few of you are doing complete build-ups. One thing I was wondering, if anyone has any significant experience/understanding with hot dip galvy and how it bonds to the steel frames.

Reason I ask is, I was curious as to how the galvy stands up to the slight tweaking and twisting of the frame.

Also, how long (ballpark) would you expect a galvy frame to last? Can you drill into the galvy and it still retains the rust preventative properties?


Edit: looks like I can answer most of my own questions:

What's the going rate for a NAS frame in good-mint condition?

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Old October 17th, 2003, 11:38 AM
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The company that did mine said that the zinc chemically bonds to the steel, and that it won't chip under flexing. I expect my galvanized chassis to last as long as I do, and I am only 25 . If you drill into the chassis, I would make sure to clear all of the metal shavings, and spray with a galvanizing paint, or waxoyl or similar product. Everywhere I have drilled into my chassis, I just coated the hole heavy with waxoyl when I installed the bolt.


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Old October 17th, 2003, 01:09 PM
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Galvanising is generally a good thing if you get all your chassis modifications done before the galvanising. I had an 88" with a galvanised chassis. Brilliant, no rust, no worries, but then I wanted to add bits, side sills etc and as it was a non standard frame mounts would have to be fabricated. How to fix them on the chassis? In the end I sold the truck and got my 90. Slightly rusty but I could and did weld the hell out of it.
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