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Old 02-01-2005, 09:40 AM
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71 vette resto

I am about to get started on a frame off restoration with my 71 corvette.
This will be my first attempt (with any vehicle) and I was hoping someone with Corvette knowledge might warn me about any problems I might run into.
One thing I wanted to ask right off the bat is: can I lift the body off with an engine hoist( rated at 2000 lbs)? I've seen it done but not sure if that would be the smartest thing to do. Also, should I leave the doors on or off?
I know there will be lots of hard work ahead, but that is what I'm looking forward to.
Thanks for the help. I'm eager to get started!


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Old 02-01-2005, 10:19 AM
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I would be inclined not to use an engine hoist, unless you can spread out the load. In other words, don't just tie ropes or slings around the body. You don't want to pull in on it.

I think that I would jack up the body, support it on beams and roll the frame out.

As for problems, I don't know Vettes well, but I do know that those years were bad for soft frames and rusting windshield posts and cowl areas.
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If its a convertible make two steel braces for the doors, as the doors will not be on the car at the time.
If its T-Tops the steel brace is optional and I don't use them.
I use an engine puller for body unless I have live body's around. When I do I run chain to both door hinges and never a problem.
Pulled the body on a 74 this morning and I think the T-tops, Hood and doors weighs more than the body. I know they do!

Another thing I like to do, put some tension on the body, than make sure each mounting spot is loose.
Don't forget the hidden mounts in back passenger compartment area.

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Thanks for responding.
It is a coupe. I'm not sure if I can get enough living bodies to help lift the body off. I'm pretty sure I will use the hoist with a couple friends to spot help. Are you saying I should remove the doors, hood and t-tops when lifting the body. Also, am I in danger of breaking the windshield? The back glass comes out anyway so thats not a problem.
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