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Username Post: Frame off convertible questions        (Topic#359417)
C. Anothalevel 
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Reg: 03-12-19
01-08-20 07:06 PM - Post#2784022    

Ok so I passed on the burnt convertible and found one the guy has taken off the frame. I was under the impression you should always brace a convertible before taking it off the frame. Is a rust free car solid enough that having it on a body lift won’t be having the thing shift at all? I’m worried I saw gaps in the panel alignment from him doing so. Can anyone chime in on this?


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01-08-20 07:31 PM - Post#2784024    
    In response to C. Anothalevel

All convertibles require the doors to be removed and braced jamb to jamb on both sides. Some add internal bracing welded to the internal front kick panel steel and rear 1/4 panel were the rear windows are accessed.

Finally poor structural condition convertibles should have x braced steel welded to the top of the windshield frame and the back seat area.

I have pictures of all the braced types I have listed here from 62 convertibles were I had local body shops do restoration work on my convertibles.

57 BelairHT 283/270hp 4 spd
62 ImpHT 327/300 4 spd
62 Imp CV SS 327/300HP 700R4 (sold)
62 Imp HT SS 409/482 stroker 4 spd
62 Imp SS 409 - 5 spd Convertible

C. Anothalevel 
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Reg: 03-12-19
01-12-20 03:41 PM - Post#2784274    
    In response to pvs409

So what do you do with a car that has full interior and stuff? His car is off the frame with all the interior intact and he was just working on the frame and belly of car. I advised him against it but he says it’s just fine and said something along the lines of how do you think they mounted them to the frame at the factory. Can anyone else chime in and lemme know of any undue stress on this body and such.

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01-12-20 05:57 PM - Post#2784284    
    In response to C. Anothalevel

The body was empty when it was assembled to the frame at the factory, and there were no doors, interior, dash, or anything else for that matter, and it was handled by very specific lifting points. Now, if the body that he has off the frame is as solid as the day it was built, and you remove everything from the body, including the trunk lid and doors, with new bushings, it might just work out OK. It all depends on how your luck is running. When I worked at a shop that rebuilt wrecks, we would lift the bodies up using 4x4 timbers, and set the timbers on tall jack stands. Roll out the old frame, and roll under the new frame. Being we had to do everything manually, the interiors were always out of the cars, but the doors were left on. 4 rolling jacks under the timbers, with one person on each corner. Jack it up as high as we could get it, then lower it onto jack stands, and take another "bite" with stacked wood on the jack saddles until it was high enough. It was all about the boss having lots of experience. We followed his instructions, and it always went well.

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


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