In removing the gas engine and fuel tank, replacing the old and ineffective suspension (one of the leafs on the rear leaf spring had actually snapped!), and cleaning up and repainting the body, I found that the original frame was not only severely bent in several key places, but was severely rusted in others. It would actually be cheaper to buy a brand new frame than to have the original repaired, and since the new frame was already free of any other pieces, it could be repainted very easily. Let's make it a statement.
The neon orange frame will mostly be hidden under the bodywork, but occasionally it'll pop out and surprise someone.