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Unread 02-28-2012, 08:06 PM   #1
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Is there any part of a car that cannot be replaced?

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Unread 02-28-2012, 08:16 PM   #2
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no the car was made from raw material and everything in it can be made again. depending on how big your pocket book is of corse.
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Unread 02-28-2012, 09:39 PM   #3
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Lol essentialy no. But there comes a point where the replacement may cost as much or more than the total worth f the car, with the exception to exotics, classics, and collectables. Things like a chassis, or engine in some cases would cost as much as buying a whole new car, especially if you have to ay for the work to be done.
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oh i see, so only the engine and chassis would be problematic if there were issues.

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what do you guys know about 'frame replacements'? how much would that cost?

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The frame is certainly one of those not often replaced parts.

It is a big task to replace a frame in a vehicle. Removing the body and running gear and then transfer it all to a replacement frame is tedious and not for teh impatient.

A new frame is likely not available, nor would it likely be affordable. A used frame could be obtained froma used car. I would not recommend a wrecker as a vehicle can sustain frame damage in a collision.

A frame restoration would require stripping the frame and sandblasting and painting before reassembly.
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By chassis i did mean frame also. A vehicle typically has a frame or chassis (like a unibody).

A frame is costly to replace like Mr Car Guy stated, and like i mentioned earlier about classics being an exception, its just not reasonable. If you had an old classic car, you could go to companies that Year One that specialize in new production parts for older cars, but other than a classic it just wouldnt be worth it.

For instance on my 2010 toyota tundra, i bet it would cost $15-20,000 to replace the frame on the truck.
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The VIN tag is not replaceable lol.
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If you're working on a vehicle with a unibody, the frame is irreplaceable. The frame in unibody vehicles is tied to the VIN number, as such, it is a different car if you replace it. On trucks, some SUVs, and older body-on-frame cars, you can replace the frame, but as mentioned it isn't cost effective to do barring, say, sentimental value or extreme rarity. I'd put a frame under my F150 if I needed to because of sentimental value, for example.
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