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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Mar 5th, 11, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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Body Cart plans

Hey guys, I have search the site and am looking for plans to make a body cart for a 66 Malibu Conv. If anyone can help I will be greatful. Thanks
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old Mar 6th, 11, 7:28 AM
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HI TNchevelle, All the specs you need to build one are in your chassis service manual In section 2.
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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old Mar 11th, 11, 2:54 AM
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I was hoping there'd be more input since I'm about to take my 67 convertible off the frame. Having looked a lot in the past, I'm not sure that it's all that involved. I've seen pictures of bare shells sitting up what looks like a pair of 4x4's held up by beefy sawhorses or a sturdy stack of cinder blocks. Others built a true cart out of wood with 4 casters.

body cart/stand

Ok Rob, just got the welder out and made a body cart.

Body Cart Height..

Here's a few threads I found by searching "body cart." Although the shell is really not that heavy you still want to be safe getting under it so build it strong.
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Search for posts in the Resto forum by Alan F, he build a nice one, there are pics of it and with the body on it.

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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old Mar 11th, 11, 11:12 AM
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Here is mine. I welded it out of 2x2 tube steel. I used the service manual to set the height and location of the vertical pieces. I also put it on casters.




I hopr this helps
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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old Mar 11th, 11, 7:44 PM
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I welded mine similar to Bart's, but used 1.5" square tubing. Also used the body mount points for fit up. Wheels from HF.

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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old Mar 11th, 11, 8:22 PM
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I like your cart John. Very simple, yet strong. Should be plenty of room to get around and clean up underneath the car.

Because I'm cheap, I'm likely to build mine out of 2x4 since they are cheap. I'll bolt em together for double the strength, a lot of braces and gussets. After I'm done with the cart I can tear it down and use the wood for other projects.
I like the wood cart by Dave (username F1) except that I'll use double 2x4 for the top rails. I like the open end so that you can roll the car around the chassis and it won't take up as much room.
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old Mar 12th, 11, 9:30 PM
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Edit: Tubing is 2" o.d. square not 1.5" - doh. Also a mid section vertical is in need. tanks.
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old Mar 13th, 11, 2:20 PM
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When I removed the body from the frame, on my 64, I went to home depot and bought 2 10ft & 4 8ft 2x6, 1 8ft 4x4 and several 2x4s and lag bolts and washers. I measured the with of the frame rails and built a box 8 ft long and if I rember correct 57" wide, then cut the 4x4 into 4 pieces about 2ft and lag bolted them upright to the box. then took the 10ft 2x6 and lag bolted them to the tob of the uprights, and used the 2x4 to brace everything. Oh did I mention casters from harbor freight. It works great and the whole thing cost me just over $100. Only thing that I was real careful about was to predrill for the lag bolts. And every thing is either bolted or screwed together. I Know that this isnt really the question you asked but most of us are on a budget and this is a lot less expensive than steal. I will try to post some pics.
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old Mar 14th, 11, 12:14 AM
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Start welding and cutting....That's what I did. i think there is pics in my thread
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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old Mar 14th, 11, 3:57 AM
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Great build thread on your 64 John.
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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old Mar 14th, 11, 10:54 PM
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Great build thread on your 64 John.
Thanks
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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old Mar 20th, 11, 10:47 AM
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I made this cart for an 8' truck box out of 2x4's. It's held together with ordinary deck screws. It's solid, no flexing at all. The box has been sitting on it since Oct. The only thing I'd do different is use bigger castors.
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