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Username Post: Building supports        (Topic#348450)
Frankman 
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Reg: 09-25-17
11-28-17 02:55 PM - Post#2716126    

Ok so I got the body off of the frame now, I need some ideas on how to build something to support the body up high enough to work under nieth and be stable, keep in mind that it is a convertible.



 

Bluemeany 
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11-29-17 03:37 PM - Post#2716285    
    In response to Frankman

Probably want to use a rotisserie. Definitely don't want to scraping and painting looking up.
Well worth the cost. You can probably buy a decent one used and sell it when you're done.
Here is an example:



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93 Camaro Z28 Indy Pace Car


 
Frankman 
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11-29-17 09:51 PM - Post#2716338    
    In response to Bluemeany

I had thought, about that but wasn't sure cause I had another friend that did a nomad on a rotisserie and he told me it was a pain to work with. Maybe it's the quality of the rotisserie, who knows. Any way thank you for the response I appreciate it.



 
Lee T 
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11-30-17 01:46 AM - Post#2716353    
    In response to Frankman

They can be a pain if you don't get it balanced right, but depending on what you are doing, a body cart my work.



Edited by Lee T on 11-30-17 01:47 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
acardon 
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11-30-17 08:18 AM - Post#2716373    
    In response to Lee T

As Lee said, a balanced rotisserie makes it easy to work on the underside. The one pictured looks to be way bottom heavy. I could rotate my 57, 360 degrees with one hand and it stayed in any position without locking it down. On my hardtop, the center of the pivot was 13 1/2" above the front and back body mounts.


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CharlieC 
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01-09-18 03:30 PM - Post#2720589    
    In response to Frankman

Just remember if you use a rotisserie with your convertible (which I highly recommend if you take it all the way down) you have to build in supports between the cowl and the back of the body.

Here's a pic when I put my body back on the car. The bar you see went into the top door hinge mount and connected to the top mount and was also bolted to the floor.

Noticed that all the guys that replied had roofs...



Charlie

"Yeah, I'm just going to clean it up and make it a driver." May 2002

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'74 K5 Blazer 4x4
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Frankman 
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01-11-18 08:32 AM - Post#2720770    
    In response to CharlieC

Hi Charlie thanks for your response, I ended up building a brace from the upper front door hinge to the door latch, it's not supported on the floor and it's up on saw horse's. I suppose it's not to late to weld onto the support and the floor. So did you do the body work while it was off of the frame.



 
CharlieC 
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01-11-18 02:07 PM - Post#2720790    
    In response to Frankman

You want to do any/all panel replacing and filler work on the frame. Blasting, sanding, etc can be done off.

You don't have to have the floor connection, I did, just to.

Charlie

"Yeah, I'm just going to clean it up and make it a driver." May 2002

'57 BelAir Conv. GMPP LSX/L92-440 T-56 (almost...)
'74 K5 Blazer 4x4
'14 Ram 2500 Diesel MegaCab 4x4


 
Frankman 
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01-11-18 06:25 PM - Post#2720814    
    In response to CharlieC

Ok thanks.



 

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