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Body removal from frame

Tech articles about restoration and modification w/ stock parts (aka. "restification")
timberice
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Body removal from frame

Postby timberice on Thu Nov 11, 2010 8:52 am

I was wondering what all is required to remove the body from the frame on a 1987 cutlass. Currently the car is completely together. But I plan on getting the car painted soon and would like to have the frame cleaned up and painted. What all do I need to remove to get the body off? I'm trying to remove as less as possible. Can the engine and trans stay in place? How hard is it to lift the body off the frame. Not sure I want to go this route but I am looking for some ideas and opinions. Thanks for the help.

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Re: Body removal from frame

Postby robert56 on Tue Nov 23, 2010 1:11 pm


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Re: Body removal from frame

Postby L.A.X-RATED on Tue Nov 23, 2010 2:12 pm

nice :D great photo step-by-step!!! realy will help all the first timers.do you have any templates of the side frame boxing you performed? just got done with a frame off resto on my 86 elco.and cant wait to do my 87 SS monte :wink:the boxing of the frame i did not do on elco,but definetly want to on my SS.thanks for the motivation 8)

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Re: Body removal from frame

Postby 79elky454ss on Tue Nov 23, 2010 2:43 pm

Just move slow and take your time, You can leave the drivetrain in the chassis,but, it will make blasting/painting the frame hard. I ran into clearance issues with the rear tires on the way out from under, so I just removed them and lowered the jack and let it do the rolling. Safety first! have plenty of room to work,plenty of blocking and jackstands. You will have LOTS of wires,cables and lines to unhook!
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Re: Body removal from frame

Postby timberice on Thu Nov 25, 2010 4:38 pm

Thanks for the tips. I'm still planing out what I want to do. I would love to do my car justice and give it a frame off restoration but space is the true issue. I will see how this goes.

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Re: Body removal from frame

Postby TURNA on Sat Dec 04, 2010 8:19 am

One thing that is not shown is the disconection of the emergency brake.

Forget to remove that cable when your lifting off the body and it could ruin your day.
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Re: Body removal from frame

Postby redboy504 on Mon Jan 10, 2011 5:07 pm

That's exactly where I am right now. The only thing still holding the body to the frame is the emergency brake cable. I'm not really sure how to disconnect it. I need some help there.
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Re: Body removal from frame

Postby TURNA on Mon Jan 10, 2011 6:36 pm

First thing to do is WD40 or PB Blaster the E-Brake adjuster.

Then loosen it up with 2 wrenches. You DO NOT have to take it completely off.

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After it is loosened up.

Get under the dash and push the cable towards the rear of the car and out of the pedal bracket.

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After that is done now comes the fun part.

I put a gas line size hose clamp on the cable lock to close all the fingers on it.

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Then pulled it out with a vise grip

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After that you can just push it through the firewall.
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Re: Body removal from frame

Postby fly1 on Thu Feb 03, 2011 11:01 pm

robert56 wrote:Here's how I did it..


http://rides.webshots.com/album/578662750epspyG

My cutlass Is the same color and blue top like yours Im getting ready for a frame off resto your pics are real helpful keep us posted with the build

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Re: Body removal from frame

Postby Burnhard on Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:33 pm

robert56 wrote:Here's how I did it..


http://rides.webshots.com/album/578662750epspyG

Very nice work,I like the way you did your frame boxing. Do you know how much weight the plates were in total?


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