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Old April 26th, 2012, 03:49 AM   #1
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Default Help on getting body off

Anybody ever taken a body off by themselves? I have no garage or trees to use, it is in my yard and I also cant find enough people at the same time to help me lift it off so im in a real bind, I would really like to get started on this frikin thing, its killing me just sitting there and looking at it. If anybody has an idea, please post it. Thanks
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Old April 26th, 2012, 04:10 AM   #2
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It's was just hubby and I when we did a baja a few years ago. Put jacks under the body, front and rear, separate it, put boards in between, to fix pans.
If we had to roll out frame, we would have just made large wide saw horses and kept raising it til it cleared.

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Old April 26th, 2012, 04:15 AM   #3
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I have moved mine on and off myself a few times. I do it with 4 five gallon buckets and two 10 foot length of 1 inch sqaure tubing. I pry the tubing under the body then leverage the whole thing up on one bucket at a time until it's sitting on top of two length of tubing and four buckets at each conner. I can even slide it side ways over and off the chassi with two more buckets. Hope that helps.
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Old April 26th, 2012, 06:27 AM   #4
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This is how I did the body replacement on my Type 3 Lead Sled project. Did it all by myself. Just took my time and made slow changes.

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Old April 26th, 2012, 07:00 AM   #5
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I did 1 of mine with my 2 kids (all of 220lbs between the 2) so 2 strong men can get it done
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Old April 26th, 2012, 07:48 AM   #6
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I used a few 2 x 4s about 8 foot long, lifted the passenger side a few inches, and slide the 2 X 4 s under the body about halfway then inched it off the body a little at a time. And, let it slide down onto the floor, Sure it was all fun and games until gravity took over
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Old April 26th, 2012, 07:49 AM   #7
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yup. I've used tall saw horses, couple of long 2x4's and the jack to help separate the pan from all the gunk holding the two together. I find it's easier if the bumpers are still on the body.
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Old April 26th, 2012, 08:47 AM   #8
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I had the same issue taking the body off my vette years ago. I solved the problem by hosting a picnic and while there were a ton of people there I had them lift the body off the chassis , and put drums under the body. Hey, they got free beer!!
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Old April 26th, 2012, 11:39 AM   #9
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All i did was stand up inside of it and lift. Then moved it over slightly till i had it where i wanted it. Then jacked it up onto saw horses.
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Old April 26th, 2012, 01:58 PM   #10
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This should help a bit,

http://www.superbeetles.com/Tech_talk/jun.htm

I love the videos they put out, very informative
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Old April 27th, 2012, 12:32 AM   #11
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Really like these little scissor table's I can borrow all the time. One in the front and one in the back and I can pull the body of, move it everywhere I want and drop it back on. They go high enough to clear the wheels. But the engine needs to be out of the car......
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Old April 27th, 2012, 05:08 AM   #12
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I've done a bunch of times while building my V8 Bug (which I hope to get back to finishing before this years end)

I used what ever I could so it was high enough to roll the floor pan out, and then in my case rolled the V8 frame under and out a few times

Wood blocks are great because their light weight , cut a 6 by 6 into 8 to 10 inches long pieces, enough so you can set a 4 by 4 or anything long enough so the body rest on it and your two stacks of blocks

The way I do it is to raise one corner at a time setting blocks between the body & pan, when it's high enough put a 4 by 4 under the front & back of the body from one side to another, then stack your blocks under each corner, raising it one block at a time until it will clear so you can roll the floor pan out, make sure your stack of blocks have enough space between them to clear the tires

Some saw horses are good to have once you get the body raised up because the wood block can tip if your not careful

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Concrete blocks are heavy, but that's what I had to use when my one winch broke

Be careful, & if it (the body) starts to fall, get out of the way, metal can be fixed, you can't be brought back to life if it would happen to fall on you


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Old April 30th, 2012, 07:00 PM   #13
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Default body off today by myself......

wasnt tobad, I thought it would be more........ Dangerous then thinking. Only took me an hour and a half, so now I can start cutting and welding. I used 4in cement blocks on each corner after I jacked it up then just started to pushit off to one side and useing a jack, pulled the blocks out as it slide over and BAMMMMMM, OFF IT CAME. :-)

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Old April 30th, 2012, 07:12 PM   #14
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Nice! If you have the space and no neighbors to complain , you might want to build a couple of super-sized sawhorses to lift it on and off with. Makes life a lot more simple.
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Old April 30th, 2012, 10:03 PM   #15
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I have to do all of it by myself too.
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OK!
good sh!t.
I hope you can get some guys to help when it is time to put it back on.
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Old May 1st, 2012, 11:46 AM   #17
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You are a total cave man (that's a compliment). If it's a rusty POS, you probably just twisted your body (the car too) like I did mine when I did that. But when you cut and weld stuff back together you can do some diagonal measuring and get it back where it belongs. No biggie.
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Old May 1st, 2012, 12:00 PM   #18
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The body itself is nice and solid so I think it will be ok but it wont hurt to double check, your right there.
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Old May 1st, 2012, 12:35 PM   #19
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Nice! If you have the space and no neighbors to complain , you might want to build a couple of super-sized sawhorses to lift it on and off with. Makes life a lot more simple.
He is soooo right. use a jack on one side till it fits under, then do the same to the back side... and now you can just roll in and out the bottom 1 man with little effort without stressing the body too much.... if you have serious rust on the heater channels you will damage it this way though.... and never do this to an old convertable or something with no top .

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Damn, and I thought that I was jumping right it there! Go ahead with your bad self!
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