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Old February 26th, 2011, 08:49 PM
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Galvanizing a frame

I am about to start a rebuild on my 110. I have been wanting to galvanize the frame once I have it all stripped. I called a couple of places near my home, one in Birmingham and one in Mobile. (I am in south East AL). Both places don`t want to deal with a vehicle frame due to liability issues?

Have any of you guys run into this situation? Does anyone know of a place I can contact who would be willing to do this? Thx.
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Old February 26th, 2011, 09:07 PM
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I've used these guys at their Tulsa, OK plant. Looks like they have one in Citronelle, AL.

http://www.azzgalvanizing.com/locations.htm
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Old February 27th, 2011, 06:42 AM
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Don't see why there shoould be any liability issues? frames are galv'd all the time here, and we're still alive!

just make sure there's no "sealed" pockets of metal... the zinc is that hot, it'll expand it and can blow it out. my 110 frame is a HD ex military one, there are plates welded all over it for extra strength, and 2 of them, where the plate is welded on all 4 sides, bubbled up like pooly laid carpet!
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Old February 27th, 2011, 09:32 AM
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James, thanks for the link. I will give them a call this week.
Jamie, when I called about galvanizing a frame, both places refused to do it. Their explanation was that the heat could distort the frame and they did not want to be liable for anything in case of an accident.
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I galvanized my frame and I just put the frame in with a batch from a local steel working place. The galvanizer never said anything about it. I didn't want to put it in alone because they had a minimum tonnage requirement or a minimum price of $1400 (the just do large batches). I didn't want to pay that much for it so putting it in with a batch from another steel working company was just the ticket and I ended up at around $400 for the job. You might try figuring out if you have any friends that work for chain link fence companies or other steel working companies to get your frame in with a batch of their stuff. Good luck with it!
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Jamie, when I called about galvanizing a frame, both places refused to do it. Their explanation was that the heat could distort the frame and they did not want to be liable for anything in case of an accident.


Crikey, that's a bit extreme isn't it?

maybe try giving Mike @ ECR a shout...they dip their frames, and LR "used" to do it years back with the Australian Perentie rovers, so it can't be all bad.
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I am about to start a rebuild on my 110. I have been wanting to galvanize the frame once I have it all stripped. I called a couple of places near my home, one in Birmingham and one in Mobile. (I am in south East AL). Both places don`t want to deal with a vehicle frame due to liability issues?

Have any of you guys run into this situation? Does anyone know of a place I can contact who would be willing to do this? Thx.


Two companies in the UK (Marsland and Richards) sell umpteen galvanised chassis' a year, and no one sues them.

Other companies will galvanise a used chassis, they just make you sign a waiver acknowledging that they don't guarantee your frame will come out OK.

Dear product liability attorneys of the world, I hope you catch your dicks in your zippers today.
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Richards also loses a percentage of chassis during galvanizing, the number 1:15 or 1:20 seems to come to mind. There's a risk but generally it should be fine.
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Old March 8th, 2011, 01:52 PM
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Good suggestion Ron, that's probably the ticket!
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There are plenty of galvanizers in the northeast that have no issues doing frames ( I have done quite a few) and I have never heard of them not doing anything for liability on their end. It would seem that would be the responsibility of the person getting the galvanizing done wouldn't it?

Can they coat it without destroying it is another story
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Thanks for all the replies gentlemen. I spoke with the guys at azz galvanizing and they do not seem to have a problem with it. I just have to send them some measurements and we`ll see what kind of quote I end up with.
The vehicle is a 1986 110 I bought in Switzerland while stationed in Germany. I picked it up at the port last week and I have most of the body off the frame already. The motivation does not seem to wear off yet...
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Should be 4-500...

I believe they go by weight???
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Francois,

How did it go?
Did yo use AZZ in Citronel, AL?
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Here is one in Nashville I use. http://www.nagalv.com/ I have done a frame and a lot of parts here. They go by weight. About $350 $400 for a chassis. I think you can arrange to do it in one day if you schedule ahead.

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