I'm going to bite the bullet and lift the body off for better access to the engine and driveline (plus I want to repaint the frame while I'm at it) and was wondering if there were any cautions.
I figure I need to remove however many bolts hold the body on, pull all of the chassis side wiring off the wire block, disconnect the fuel line to the carb (it's a 26) and disconnect the steering. Is there anything I'm missing? Also, where's the best place to disconnect the steering?
Yes: Don't drop it.
I'd remove the linkage at the Pitman arm, take off the bracket bolts and firewall bolts and control rod cotter pins, and remove the steering column (or at least pull it back and lay it on the seat).
Thanks Steve, but you wouldn't be able to tell if this body got dropped...
I pulled the body off my 16 coupelet frame with no issues. Rolled the frame out and got to work.
This is what we did when I restored our Fordor 25 years ago.
Regards, John Page
roll down the windows, get some long forks for a skidsteer, one fork thru the door, one thru the rear side windows , make sure steering wheel is off, column mounts, firewall mounts off, 4 bolts each side that hold the body to the frame, lift , back up skidsteer, moving the body away from the front of the car, so column doesn't catch on subframe, easy peasy. done a bunch this way
I built two sets of horses. There was a notch in the top for the 1x4 to be slid in. After all the body bolts are removed and the fuel line wiring etc are removed, you can lift up the back and slide the 2x4 under. Then lift the front of the body and slide the 2x4 under. Takes two men to do this. One on each side of the car. The horses are high enough that the chassis can be rolled right out or in under the body. Just leave the body on the horses while you work on the underside of the body, or while you work on the chassis. When you get ready to install the body, just roll the chassis under and bolt it down. I use 3 2x4's on each side leaving them far enough apart so the wheels can be rolled under the body.
I built a stand with wheels to make moving the body easier.
Then used a "block& tackle" to lower body on to frame.
I have a 24 coupe that I also have to remove the body, but for different reasons, not painting.
The previous owner some how managed to bend the frame to the point that the front of the oil pan does not line up with the front spring or upper radiator hose connections. Wreck I guess as there is some bumper damage and fender damage.
I am trying to do one of those "as I found it in the barn" restoration with no paint added to mess it up. I have a spare frame, so the salvage yard will get the bend frame. (less any good parts)
The body was supposed to come off today but it turns out it was on a little more securely than I had expected. Before I knew it I had torn apart my whole rear bed (oops, that will need replacing now) but it turns out it was pretty rotten in spots so I would have done that anyways.
So anyways, first this happened:
Then this happened:
Hopefully tomorrow I can get rid of that bed frame since it's over a couple of bolt heads I need to get to, then I can finally pull the body.