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Old 07-21-2009, 08:25 PM
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Help Removing Body

So I'm working on my first project, and I'm attempting to take on a full frame-off resto. Anyway, I built an frame with 2 ton chain hoist mounted to it and attempted to use it to lift the body. The hoist worked great, but unfortunately I didn't think about what was going to happen to the body when I started lifting. The pictures in my most recent project journal entry illustrate it all. It's rather depressing. Long story short, I need help coming up with the best way to lift this body without damaging it further, and 10 people lifting it is not an option. So any ideas would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks!!
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Old 07-21-2009, 08:34 PM
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Yeah, so as you hoist it up, the chain wants to "pinch" the body. Damn, sorry to see this. Anyway, take a few 2x4's and nail em together to make a "beam". Slide it through the car and attach the chains to the 2x4's securely, then hoist the body up. The idea is to keep the chain spread apart away from the sheetmetal body so it won't do any more damage. Looks like you have some extra repairs to make. Damn damn damn.
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Old 07-21-2009, 10:59 PM
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Thanks for the help. As for the extra parts, I have a 4 door just like it and the door frames are in great shape, so I can probably just cut them out and weld em in. probably have better results than trying to fix what Ive got lol. thanks again
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Remove everything you possibly can.
Jack the body up high enough to get a good 4X4 all the way thru and hang out a foot or so on each side. Do it at the front and the rear. You can jack the 4X4's up high enough to place a oil drum of other support under the 4X4's and lower the body. Then you can roll the chassis out. I did a 63 Impala SS this way a few years ago ( for a friend ).

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Old 07-21-2009, 11:26 PM
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Hey thats a great idea...Didnt think about that..thanks!
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Old 07-22-2009, 12:31 AM
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Yep, That is exactly how I do mine. See photos below. But I would still take everything off that you can. It just makes it easier.
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I used my engine hoist. I attached the chain to the holes in the front body mounts and lifted there until I could support the front of the body. Then I went to the back where I had sandwiched the floor with a couple of pieces of angle iron bolted through the gas tank bolt holes. A couple of holes drilled at either end of the top angle iron provided the lift points. I see-sawed the body up until there was room to pull the frame out from under it. If I had it to do over again, I would make an angle iron spreader to span the front body mounts to assure it didn' try to pinch there. The only parts left on the body when I lifted it were the windshields and the rear glass.
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Old 07-22-2009, 09:41 AM
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You've got a great looking project there. I just spent a few minutes in your journals, I would be seriously thinking of building the 2 door, maybe street/strip style.
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Old 07-22-2009, 12:08 PM
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Thanks for all the ideas...I'll give it a go this weekend. And yes, I'm planning on building the 2door, but I'm gonna finish the 4 door first. It's for my wife. Then my vision for the 2 door is 'FAST'. LOL Ive got a 350 in my garage that I'm planning on building up for it. Im still debating whether I want to build a 350 vortec or If i wanna shoot for a stroker and go 383. Oh well, Ive got plenty of time to thing about it. I probably have a good year to go on the 4 door! There's not a lot of time for it with an 11 month old!
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Slide the chain thru the inside of a 6 ft long piece of 2" x 2" x 1/4" wall steel tubing.
Being as the chain is trapped in the tubing it cannot pinch or have the "spreader" slip out of the chain.
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Old 07-23-2009, 09:54 PM
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I like the pipe idea too. The guy that gave me the chain to use for my hoist sold me three 10ft 2"x2"x1/4" wall pipes that have the swivel feet on them to use as a tripod hoist for 10 bucks. I dont really want to cut one of them, but if I cant get the 4x4 idea to work i'll give this a shot. thanks!
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The way I have done the last couple cars/trucks was to jack the whole car up. I did the front, placed the wheels on ramps, then the back and placed on ramps. Then using large size jack stands, I jacked the front up and placed jack stands under the pinch rail on the body. Did the same for the back. Pulled the ramps out so basically the whole car is in the air on four jack stands.

Then I put jacks front and rear, snugged up to the frame/axle and then removed the body bolts. Then I lower the frame away from the body. Remove the rear axle and place the frame on a rolling dolly and pull it out.

Though a little time consuming, it was easy for one person to do. BTW, the engine/tranny had already been removed.

Good luck.
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Old 07-27-2009, 10:43 AM
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You've got a great looking project there. I just spent a few minutes in your journals, I would be seriously thinking of building the 2 door, maybe street/strip style.
Don't give up on the 4 door either:
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