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removing body from frame

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  1. malibootay

    malibootay Apprentice

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    How hard is it to take the body off the frame of my 81 malibu? what all is involved? what all do i need? I dont have a lift and would be doing it in my garage
     
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    rodneypierce Greasemonkey

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    following, as I plan to do this here in the next month or so!
     
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    pontiacgp Rocket Powered Basset Hound

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    are you taking the frame out or just lifting the body off of it?
     
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    Well I was wanting to remove the body so I could either clean the frame and paint/por 15 it or have it powder coated. But I dont have a lift. Looking for the easiest way without a lift.thanks
     
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    After removing your front fenders, hood, and rad support assembly...and I assume your engine and trans.
    After unbolting the body, unhooking parking brake, steering column, linkage, etc.
    Using a few floor jacks or construction type bottle jacks, you can gradually lift the body each side at a time. You'll need a few 4 x 4's across the underside of the body to support it when you're able to lift the body high enough off the frame.

    Here's Doober's build thread. It might give you a few ideas of how to proceed . http://www.maliburacing.com/forum/viewt ... 4&t=113227

    Make sure you soak all the body bolts with PB Blaster or a comparable penetrating oil. Everyday, or every other day, shoot penetrating oil between the bolts and body prior to breaking them loose. You can also try loosening them gradually with a breaker bar. Be patient and you might be able to loosen them all without snapping them. I was lucky in that respect.
     
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    Great info and link! Gonna study up on this for a while.... Is there certain things I shouldn't do, like taking the doors off, etc
     
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    Doug213xrj Royal Smart Person

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    Sent you a PM.


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    lilbowtie G-Body Guru

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    If you are going to take it apart, take the front clip off in one piece. Before you pull the doors drill two 1/8 in holes in the hinge to body to re-align them when you go back together. Here is an idea for lifting the body off using the seat belt bolt holes.
     

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    Great info doug, thanks....did you have to remove your motor?
     
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    Lilbowtie, that is an awesome idea!
     
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