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removing a body from its chassis

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jersey Joe 67, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. Jersey Joe 67
    Joined: Jun 12, 2008
    Posts: 427

    Jersey Joe 67
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    from J Town

    is there a certain way of removing a body from a chassis? by this i mean, does the body have to be braced across the inside to keep it from getting out of shape?
    i've got a 31 tudor, that i want to remove from the chassis. any help would be appreciated.
    should all the glass be removed, first?
     
  2. QMOTOX
    Joined: Jun 8, 2008
    Posts: 89

    QMOTOX
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    from STL, MO

    If the body is solid and the subrails are solid you should have no problem lifting it off even with the glass in. If it is a rusty mess and the subrails are gone you'll need to do some bracing first. Get 4 guys and pick it up evenly and set it down on a flat surface.
     
  3. kustombypook
    Joined: Oct 12, 2002
    Posts: 683

    kustombypook
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    The most important part is to lift it evenly, like QMOTOX said, get some friends over, 4 or 6 people is best.
     
  4. Jersey Joe 67
    Joined: Jun 12, 2008
    Posts: 427

    Jersey Joe 67
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    from J Town

    great, thanks for the info. car is in great shape, so i should'nt have a problem.
     

  5. Deuce Roadster
    Joined: Sep 8, 2002
    Posts: 9,519

    Deuce Roadster
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    What I suggest is to remove everything you can ... within reason, to reduce the weight. I then used 2 pieces of angle iron ... bolted one in holes that were already in the door post ( at the front ) and then the other under the rear portion of the body. The angle iron pieces are longer than the body is wide ... so we each had a handle of sorts that was a foot or foot and a half longer per side of the body. EASY ... :) The above photo shows the body going ON ... but the process could be the same ... for removal.

    I also had built a nice platform with rollers so I could move the body around. I got some NICE, big casters ... and 4X4 wood was used for the construction. I wanted it heavy duty ... It would hold a 40 Ford body I believe.

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    I have used the same rolling platform a couple times over the years for the 32's I have done and it has been to 3 or 4 friends houses for a couple years also ... so they could use it for their 32's. I planned ahead and it is 3 inches shorter than the ceiling in my garage ... so I can stand it up in a corner when I do not need it. ;)
     

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