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Old 10-16-2003, 07:36 AM
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lifting the body off the chassis

i have a 70 chevelle, and as everybody knows thats a pretty heavy car. my friend tells me that if i try to lift the body off the chassis without some interior bracing then the body'll warp. im thinkin about puttin it on a rotisserie or some body stands, but right now i just wanna find a good way of gettin it off so i can work on the chassis.

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Old 10-16-2003, 08:47 AM
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Pull the doghouse off the front, remove all your body bolts and unhook ALL your lines and wires that connect the two (frame to body) You can use an engine hoist in the front, one person at each rear wheelwell, and one in the back in the middle. Raise it up, roll the frame out from underneath, and set it on something sturdy. Stripping out the interior will help out quite a bit also. And no, you don't need any interior bracing.

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Old 10-16-2003, 09:15 AM
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all thats left is the bare body and the chassis, the only thing thats on the chassis is the rearend. so it should be fairly easy to roll the chassis out. what would you suggest that i set it on???
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Your buddy is careful, but his concern is not needed. No bracing is needed as the doghouse will support itself quite well.

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DOGHOUSE????
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I had mine set on 4 small drums (30 gal) but you could also use something like 4 metal 5 gallon buckets. Believe it or not for awhile I had mine sitting on 4 drywall buckets although after a couple of weeks they started to indent but not collapse. Find someone that just sealed their driveway and ask if you can have the empty buckets.

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DOGHOUSE????
Don't tell me you have never heard this term before. This is the body minus everything you can remove from it.

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Don't tell me you have never heard this term before. This is the body minus everything you can remove from it.
The doghouse is the nose of the car. Both fenders, inner fenders, hood, core support, etc. Unbolt the bolts and with two people lift it off altogether.

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All I`ve ever heard this called is the front clip.

The only thing I know of called the dog house is the engine cover in a van.

I guess I`m not up on the new generation terminology.

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All I`ve ever heard this called is the front clip.

The only thing I know of called the dog house is the engine cover in a van.

I guess I`m not up on the new generation terminology.

Troy
Or the navigation bubble on a C141.

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What ever you call it that's where I end up if I stay out and play pool with the fellas a little to late
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That's what we call the doghouse when building motor homes too, Troy. The engine cover is the doghouse for us. No matter. As long as you remove it. Here's how I did it. I know I spelled chassis wrong on the pic. Pic wouldn't post. I think you'll find mine on cement blocks in my photo album. Took 6 of us to raise it 2 of use to put it back on the frame.
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