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Re: lifting rack question - strap capacity

Posted: Feb 22nd, 2014 3:01 pm
by MaineVette
They body dolly you describe seems like more work than is necessary for the body dolly. That said, I haven't seen the plans so I can't comment with certainty.

The dolly I built worked very well and it only took me an afternoon to build. Here's the dolly plans I used:

http://www.corvette-restoration.com/res ... _Dolly.pdf

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As you can see in the photo below I simplified the details a fair bit. I just didn't think it was worth spending an entire weekend building it. The only thing I would do different would be to add the middle set of casters as shown in the plans. I left those out to save money but they would have been good to have. The dolly was fine without them, but it ended up being a bit bouncy.

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I don't think it's necessary to support the body at each body mount location. Here's what

Re: lifting rack question - strap capacity

Posted: Feb 22nd, 2014 5:52 pm
by vito
I made the same thing but also put plywood in the bottom so I could use the center section for storing the parts I took off prior to body removal.

Cheers

Vito

lifting rack question strap capacity

Posted: Dec 6th, 2016 5:13 pm
by rentdresknz
I think I have the spreader board problem fixed. I put a screw in the end of each board to keep the strap from slipping off the end. Also moved the front straps to the front body mount positions as you have in your pics. This took the strain off the windshield. A few more strap adjustments today and I should be ready to lift off.

Now I am worried about how to move the body off the frame after it is up. I think that I will need to remove the tires so that I have more clearance as you noted in your pics. Will I be able to roll the hoist and the body sideways to set it one the dolly? Time will tell. Any comments on this move?

Re: lifting rack question strap capacity

Posted: Dec 7th, 2016 8:49 am
by rbryce1
rentdresknz wrote:I think that I will need to remove the tires so that I have more clearance as you noted in your pics. Will I be able to roll the hoist and the body sideways to set it one the dolly? Time will tell. Any comments on this move?
Wow, I see you are in Saudi Arabia, what's it like restoring a car there? Here is a few things I found and did.

Yes, you can lift the chassis and set it down on 4 wheel dollies, then roll the chassis in any direction you wish, provided you have the floor surface to roll it on.

If you are going to roll it forward on the tires, removing the tires will not really buy you that much clearance due to the height of the front upper control arms and the height of the frame over the rear axles.

When I lifted the body off my '68, the tire height was not really an issue, but the height of the gas tank and engine was. You will need to lift the body much higher than the tires unless you drop the tank and pull the engine first.

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Also, don't forget, if you can't lift the body high enough to clear the gas tank and engine when you are taking the body off, you won't be able to put the body back on with either the gas tank or the engine installed. Both, especially the drive train, are far easier to install with far less aggravation and some chance of body damage if they are installed before the body drop, but not required.

When I lifted mine, I had an electric winch on each side and a chain fall in the center of the front to control the angle. I lifted it high enough to roll the chassis out, rolled the dolly under the body and lowered it back down.


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Since my car has a tilt nose, it was very easy to install the engine after the body drop, as there was no front end to deal with. But unless you have the height inside your garage to lift the engine high enough to clear the noses, it may be an issue to consider.


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Let us know how you did it and how well it worked.

Re: lifting rack question strap capacity

Posted: Dec 11th, 2016 10:56 am
by MaineVette
rentdresknz wrote:I think I have the spreader board problem fixed. I put a screw in the end of each board to keep the strap from slipping off the end. Also moved the front straps to the front body mount positions as you have in your pics. This took the strain off the windshield. A few more strap adjustments today and I should be ready to lift off.

Now I am worried about how to move the body off the frame after it is up. I think that I will need to remove the tires so that I have more clearance as you noted in your pics. Will I be able to roll the hoist and the body sideways to set it one the dolly? Time will tell. Any comments on this move?
The legs on my lifting frame were made from 8' long boards and I could barely lift the body high enough to allow the chassis to roll out from under it. If you can't use full 8' long boards for the legs you'll need to remove the tires/wheels and roll it out on dollies.

In my case the gas tank was the critical clearance point - I could barely get it to clear the storage compartments behind the seats. Another option would be to remove the gas tank before trying to roll the chassis out.

Moving the lifting rack and body after lifting the body isn't an option. You'll need to lift the body straight up, roll the chassis out from under the body, roll the body dolly in, and then drop the body straight down.

Also make sure that you've braced the lifting frame to prevent the top of it from moving side to side. It can get a bit wobbly so bracing it to something fairly secure is necessary.