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Bracing a model A body for replacing wood with steel

Are there any photo's showing how to brace the body before removing wood and installing metal and making other repairs to the body?

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grid and brace.

I did a 29 nash a while back. I used a piece of 3/4 plywood screwed down on a big pallet and had it up on the body cart so it was easier to work on with out bending over. I drew a grid on the plywood to get every thing square and screwed down . I used pieces of scrap conduit to cross and x brace everything. My son is and elect contractor, and scrap is free. brace similar to the picts showing guys chopping a top.
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Which body style? Year? For replacing top wood, not a problem. Just make up a framework of doubled up 2x6's. If you have to replace the body channels, then you need to do some bracing. These are 'forgiving' bodies, built loose to bolt on to that wet noodle of an OEM chassis. This is a '31 and is not bolted to the chassis. Usually it was on a pair of saw horses with the above mentioned 2x6 framework:

My roadster - built up the same way except I had to make sure the doors were on if it was moved off that 2x6 framework
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