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Old 06-05-2014, 12:32 PM
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On Removing a Cab

Hey all. Truck in question is a 1957 Chevy 3100.

Problem is as follows: My garage is not big enough to fit the entire truck into. She's pretty well stripped down at this point. I just watched a youtube video where the guy has his cab on rollers in his garage. Being that a good amount of bodywork is required on the cab, was thinking of pulling the cab and doing the same (assuming she measures out height wise to pull this off).

My biggest concern here is screwing up the dimensions of the cab. I vaguely remember reading or seeing an article somewhere that when you pull the cab that you should brace the inside of it to stop flex / warpage.

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Old 06-05-2014, 01:52 PM
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I'm not familiar with a 57 chevy truck cab, but if it is structurally sound (floor pans solid, roof panel solid and A and B pillars solid) you should be fine to pull it ad place it on a cart without any problems. Maybe someone experienced with those particular bodies will chime in and give more advice in case there is something I am unaware of with them. I put cabs and car bodies on a rotisserie all the time and never brace them unless, they are convertible, or I am going to be removing floor pans, roof panels, or other structural pieces that may allow it to move and flex. If you feel more comfortable with the bracing, I usually use thin wall 1" square tubing on a "X", tack welded to the inside of the door openings, and then run an "X" across the inside to each of those. It is easy, fast, and more than sufficient for most bodies. Just my thoughts and worth exactly what you paid for them

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Old 06-05-2014, 06:58 PM
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If the cab is sound and not all rusted out just on bolt it from the frame and get four guy's with strong backs and weak minds and lift it off. Just be sure to have some blocks to put it on so you dont damage the rocker panels.
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It's simple, jack the truck up some, put the cab on jack stands with some wood so the rockers don't collapse, lower the frame down leaving the cab up on the stands and then pull the frame out from under it.

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It's simple, jack the truck up some, put the cab on jack stands with some wood so the rockers don't collapse, lower the frame down leaving the cab up on the stands and then pull the frame out from under it.

Brian
First of all, thank you for the feedback everyone...Martin SR - good to see you, although I doubt you remember me. I was on this forum probably 8 years ago or so pretty regularly.

The thing that makes some of this work all the more difficult is my driveway is stone...nothing more exciting than using a jack on the ground and watching it sink and shift. Yeah I've tried wood to support it but it's still a little squirrely.

I'm going to measure out the cab this weekend and see if I can fit her in the garage. if I can, she's coming off. If not, she's staying. I'm not going to brace it if I pull it. despite some of the rust, she appears fairly solid throughout. I guess if I was really worried I could put the doors back on, thus increasing the weight by about 100 lbs. but also keeping everything in alignment. hahaha.
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I have some pieces of 3/4 CDX plywood that I place where I am going to put my jacks and jack stands when working in the drive.. Sure helps with supporting the jacks and the jacks roll a bit easier on the ply than they do on the gravel.. put the ply on sawhorses and you have a workbench as well and the whole thing stacks neatly which is good when you have limited space for benches and such.. Just a thought..

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I built a body cart for the F1 I was rebuilding. It could have been a bit lower but I used scrap lumber I had laying around. I had 40 bucks into the castors.





It worked well and it is now under my Astro van.

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