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My 1954 wagon project

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Greaserjimmy, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. Greaserjimmy
    Joined: Mar 19, 2013
    Posts: 7

    Greaserjimmy
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    from Nashua, NH

    What's up everyone! Just picked up a 54 chevy wagon and am looking for some opinions. Needs a lot of bodywork. Plan on removing the body from frame. A & B posts are rotted through, rockers, body mounts also badly rotted. Typical for a NE car. Frame needs repair before rear end can be installed. Seems like a daunting task to try by myself. Wondering what rust repair I should attempt BEFORE lifting body? Concerned how much body will lose plumb and be out of square? Anyone got advice? Thanks & be kool.
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  2. brad2v
    Joined: Jun 29, 2009
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    I'd be inclined to fix the pillars and rockers, then tack some tubular supports inside to stabilize the car. Then pull the body to fix the body mounts and presumably the floor.
     
  3. R Pope
    Joined: Jan 23, 2006
    Posts: 3,309

    R Pope
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    If the body mounts are badly rotted, the body might already be out of square. Lift it off and block it up straight and level before doing any repair.
     
  4. Greaserjimmy
    Joined: Mar 19, 2013
    Posts: 7

    Greaserjimmy
    Member
    from Nashua, NH

    Yeah kool. Thanks for the replies. You guys are just confirming my thinking. And yes floors are also rotted. I'd thought about doing the rockers first then the floor pans just to have a square frame to start with. Thanks guys!
     

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