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Old 08-27-2004, 08:08 AM
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HELP - Body Shifted on Frame

I managed to put my 71 Chevelle up on a curb (first time driving rear wheel drive). While there was no frame, suspension (replaced it since then anyway), or axel damage done; the body shifted on me. I now have extreme wheel gap on one side (driver's), and virtuallly no gap on the other (passenger's). On top of that, while I had the rear end jacked up, the body shifted even more, so that now I can't open my passenger's door (hits front fender).

I'm in the process of changing out my body bushings to polygraphite. Right now I'm stuck on getting my last bolt out (that's another story). Anyway, Shouldn't I be able to shift my body back into place while replacing the bushings?

I plan on just (if I'm able to) shifting the body slowly, measuring both frame to body edge and wheel gap on both sides until straight.

Does this sound like the correct (or best) way to solve my problem? Any feedback would be appreciated.



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Old 08-27-2004, 04:01 PM
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That sounds right for checking if the body/frame alignment, but you have to find where the shift occured;
Did the body bushings simply sheer sideways?
Did the body metal itself bend sideways?

Are you sure you didn't just bend a control arm? - becasue that would probably be the thing to go, not ALL 12 body mounts at the same time
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Old 08-27-2004, 07:43 PM
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I completely tore my suspension out after it happened. I had all the control arms blasted and pressed in polygraphite bushings. None of the arms were bent. The car sit completely level; it's only shifted to the driver's side.

I managed to get through replacing the bushings on the passenger's side today. The bolt right behind the wheel well wasn't anchored. I had to bust is out, the rest were easy. Anyway, from the way things look while starting the driver's side, I might be able to get the body shifted back.

I can still use any help. I'll be back at it in the morning.
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