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Username Post: Article - Replacing Body Mounts & Box Braces        (Topic#211393)
Rocki 
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03-08-09 06:19 AM - Post#1646372    

There have been a couple of posts recently about rusty box braces, or body to frame supports, the boxed-in body mounts at the rear of the wheelwell. Eckler's Chevy Classics magazine, in its March 2009 issue, had an article that, in part, addressed replacing these supports. The thrust of the article was replacing body mounts. To help those who are working on these supports, I have scanned the article and include it here. Note that the body support parts called out in the article are available from many parts suppliers, so shop for the best prices.

Don't know how the readibility of this will be. If you need a better copy, PM me and I'll e-mail it to you.
















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dav63 
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03-08-09 06:39 PM - Post#1646868    
    In response to Rocki

Rocki, you are right on the money with this post. I have the same issue on all my impala's. I have order the boxes. This wiil be by spring project.

dav63

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mcyphert 
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03-11-09 07:50 AM - Post#1648929    
    In response to dav63

I ordered new braces and covers at Xmas time, when Eckler's was offering free shipping. Personally, I think it's ironic that they published this article when they did. I would guess that anyone who has a car from the northeast has this issue. I bought my Impala 25 years ago when I was in high school. Someone prior made a metal box where the driver side mount belongs and bolted it to the frame. It wasn't even welded to the body. It's scary when I think about what that car went through when I was a teenager!

Mike

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dav63 
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03-15-09 09:31 AM - Post#1652061    
    In response to mcyphert

Rocki, my box braces are in bad condition, due for replacement this spring.







dav63

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1962 Impala 283/250


 
RambosRide 
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10-01-20 08:50 AM - Post#2804597    
    In response to Rocki

Ecklers removed the link to the pdf file pictured in this thread...

Any chance someone has a copy saved on disk?

Thanks

Dan



 
RambosRide 
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10-09-20 09:11 AM - Post#2805154    
    In response to RambosRide

I got a pdf copy of the instructions from rocki!

I bought factory type rubber replacements from Ecklers, so not poly urethane.

What I'm struggling with is the torque specs...

Book says 40-50ft lbs, but even at 20ft lbs the front firewall lower rubber bushing is extremely compressed - how flat or "squished" out should that lower rubber mount be compared to the washer?

Thanks

Dan

How



 
Verne_Frantz 
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10-09-20 07:28 PM - Post#2805183    
    In response to RambosRide

This is the front mount with new bushings from Steele torqued to 45lbs.

Verne



Attachment: Body_mount_RF.JPG (2.16 MB) 218 View(s)






 
RambosRide 
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10-10-20 09:53 AM - Post#2805199    
    In response to Verne_Frantz

Thanks for the picture Verne - I wouldn't have thought the lower would compress that much.

At 45ft lbs do you think you were up against the crush sleeve that comes with the larger rubber between the body and frame?





 
Verne_Frantz 
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10-10-20 07:59 PM - Post#2805229    
    In response to RambosRide

Well, since my x-ray vision isn't working as well as it used to, I really don't know.
I can only tell you that the torque wrench didn't all of a sudden get tight.
Verne



 
RambosRide 
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10-12-20 08:18 AM - Post#2805312    
    In response to Verne_Frantz

  • Verne_Frantz Said:
Well, since my x-ray vision isn't working as well as it used to, I really don't know.
I can only tell you that the torque wrench didn't all of a sudden get tight.
Verne



LOL - my x-ray has failed me too - the old eyeballs aren't what they used to be!

Sounds like you got to the torque spec without hitting the crush sleeve.

These original mounts are very odd compared to later 60's and 70's vehicles..at least from what I'm seeing.

Thanks

Dan



 
Scott1962 
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01-10-21 12:07 PM - Post#2811781    
    In response to RambosRide

Is there anyway to get a copy of this article Thanks



 
RambosRide 
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01-12-21 07:39 PM - Post#2811964    
    In response to Scott1962

I have a copy I sent you a private post



 
Adam63impala 
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05-20-24 05:14 PM - Post#2870071    
    In response to RambosRide

any way I can get a copy of this ?!? do the box braces have to be welded on ? I'd have to have a shop do all that.



 
junky 
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05-22-24 09:02 PM - Post#2870121    
    In response to Adam63impala

I would say that you will have a tough time getting anything from anyone in this thread. Look at their profiles and you will see that it has been a long time since they were on the forums.

Never argue with an idiot. He'll drag you down to his level, then beat you with experience.


 
pvs409 
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05-22-24 10:29 PM - Post#2870122    
    In response to Adam63impala

I probably have a copy of this magazine
Eckler's Chevy Classics magazine, in its March 2009 issue

Paul

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