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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old Jun 26th, 20, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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Best Place to Lift Body

I have removed my body bolts and am about ready to lift the body. Where's the best place on the car to actually lift it with a floor jack?

I'm planning on lifting about 1-2in at a time on each side until I can place it on 4x4s and cinder blocks.

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Right along the bottom edge of the rockers.

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Right along the bottom edge of the rockers.
what about from the back? i have a 4-door and it's a little back-heavy (leaning back) I was going to find a way to hook my hoist to a ratch strap and hook to the rear bumper.
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what about from the back? i have a 4-door and it's a little back-heavy (leaning back) I was going to find a way to hook my hoist to a ratch strap and hook to the rear bumper.
For the rear you can jack up the pinch weld where the quarter panel meets the trunk drop off. Use a block of wood between the jack & the body.

The bumper is attached to the frame so you'll need to remove it before starting this.
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Re: Best Place to Lift Body

Scott, for your safety and the safety of anyone who goes near your car, DO NOT USE CINDER BLOCKS. Build a wooden body cart to set the body on, much safer, and you can move it around. Be safe. Terry
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When I replaced my body mount bushings and fuel line I jacked the car off the frame by the floor braces using thick blocks of wood and my floor jack. I only went up about 3" on one side did the work let it down and then moved over to the other side. The car had the full interior in it when I did it.
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For the trunk, knock out the metal drain covers in the trunk and wrap a sling through the holes. It will bend the sheetmetal slightly but its easily tapped back into place.

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what about from the back? i have a 4-door and it's a little back-heavy (leaning back) I was going to find a way to hook my hoist to a ratch strap and hook to the rear bumper.
A four door should not be much heavier at the rear, if at all, compared to a 2-door. Pretty much all of the additional length of a 4-door is between the wheels... I am assuming you are talking about a Chevelle...

Maybe a wagon might be heavier in the rear, with the glass and extra overhang...


I think I'd rather have all the body weight on the rockers. If you have the front rocker and the rear quarter/trunk drop off, I'd be worried it would place more stress, potentially causing the body to sag... Using the rocker in front of the rear wheel, it will be closer to balanced, with some extra weight in the front...

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what about from the back? i have a 4-door and it's a little back-heavy (leaning back) I was going to find a way to hook my hoist to a ratch strap and hook to the rear bumper.
I have seen some where someone used straps to the trunk supports behind the taillights (on a 66/67 anyway)... Then used an engine hoist... Removed the front fenders and used the upper fender bolt holes to lift the front...


I had limited room, so I used the engine hoist through the door, using the seat belt anchors...


And I agree with NOT using the cinder blocks... They can be really unstable...

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Scott, for your safety and the safety of anyone who goes near your car, DO NOT USE CINDER BLOCKS. Build a wooden body cart to set the body on, much safer, and you can move it around. Be safe. Terry
Here's my body cart and method... This allows the frame to be stored under the body, but easily rolled out...
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Re: Best Place to Lift Body

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what about from the back? i have a 4-door and it's a little back-heavy (leaning back) I was going to find a way to hook my hoist to a ratch strap and hook to the rear bumper.
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For the trunk, knock out the metal drain covers in the trunk and wrap a sling through the holes. It will bend the sheetmetal slightly but its easily tapped back into place.
I would not do that. Assuming you'd be using an engine hoist for the above suggestion, instead, use a sling around/through the truck latch and lift there. Done it many times with no issues.
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Re: Best Place to Lift Body

Thanks Everyone. I was able to use the bumper slots on the 71 to hook a 3500lb ratchet strap to my engine hoist, this worked great for the rear. I was able to also use the rockers to lift the sides with the floor jack. I have it on some wood now resting on the frame. Next step is something safer than cinder blocks. My garage isn't big enough to have the frame and car side-by-side, so I'll need to be able to roll out my frame w/wheels from under the car to do the work on both... I'll look at something like the 1966_L78's cart.
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I think I found my alternative to cinder blocks.
(wooden wheel cribs).
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I did it with a floor jack under the rocker pinchwelds in my sloping driveway. Should have taken off the front bumper but didnt. Iirc, i used some plastic milk crates and jackstands to hold it up.

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Here's my body cart and method... This allows the frame to be stored under the body, but easily rolled out...
This is similar to what i used for my car, Tony. Terry
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