Matt, Im glad you brought this up, I'm ready to pull the trigger on a new frame too. Yours my freind is like mine. 17 cents a pound! Seam rust too...never get a weld to hold AND seal. Well, I can't. I'm likely to go q-tec because I'm a cheap prick. For $100 I can do alot of filing/fitting. And you may wind up w/the same aftermarket piece!
My .02 cents
We're cheap prick brothers, my friend.
I'm most disappointed that no one makes an exact replicate of the OE, or that I haven't found one yet. I noticed that even some of the best restorations, like Keith444's, were forced to use the inaccurate (ribbed) replicate.
Oh well, it is a 31-year old vehicle, after all....
I got your PM. I chose to restore my original the best I could.
I stared by treating every spec of rust with Rust Mort (phosphoric acid) inside and out. Then I sanded and filled the most porous areas with metal glaze, then sanded everything smooth, again.
Here are before and after shots. Hopefully, I've slowed the rot down and will get several more years out of this frame. We'll see.
I never, evah thought that could be saved. Ya done proved me wrong. Again.
And I-Maiden, My brother did the old 4150 pound, insta top chop, @ speed. And an angle. I need new one too!
BTW, ordered the striker/hinge kit. I'll let you know how that works out, and thanx for the generous feedback. Make me a cash deal on the grab-bar as is, and 5.9 louvers? I'll deliver the q-tec w-frame free when I go for mine!
Now if I can borrow a paint booth to lay down some Loden Green Metallic (w/a little extra metal flake).
I forget who had that sweet Green Golden Eagle that helped me decide to keep it the original color. Thanx guys!