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Panel body removal #1283162
Wed Oct 10 2018 01:47 PM
Wed Oct 10 2018 01:47 PM
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kthomas  Offline OP
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Joined: Mar 2004
Posts: 233
Webb City, Missouri
Good morning guys!

How difficult is it to remove the body off these panels? I know there is mounting bolts like a pickup but as far as hoisting it, etc?

Thanks!!

Kevin

Re: Panel body removal [Re: kthomas] #1283168
Wed Oct 10 2018 02:46 PM
Wed Oct 10 2018 02:46 PM
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coilover  Offline
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Posts: 2,184
Plano, Tx
Not hard at all but much easier if steering column/box is removed first. The Burb and Panel have some "outrigger" brackets on the frame for additional mounts but are easy to access. We have a body lift bar, an electric hoist, and a 19 foot ceiling so that is the route we usually go but have lifted a number of bodies off with our two post lift. Many years ago I lifted a couple off with camper jacks (scary).


Evan
Re: Panel body removal [Re: coilover] #1283177
Wed Oct 10 2018 03:31 PM
Wed Oct 10 2018 03:31 PM
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kthomas  Offline OP
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Posts: 233
Webb City, Missouri
Originally Posted by coilover
Not hard at all but much easier if steering column/box is removed first. The Burb and Panel have some "outrigger" brackets on the frame for additional mounts but are easy to access. We have a body lift bar, an electric hoist, and a 19 foot ceiling so that is the route we usually go but have lifted a number of bodies off with our two post lift. Many years ago I lifted a couple off with camper jacks (scary).


Thanks!!!!

Kevin

Re: Panel body removal [Re: kthomas] #1283230
Wed Oct 10 2018 09:57 PM
Wed Oct 10 2018 09:57 PM
MNSmith  Offline
"Hey! I sound like Darth Vader!!
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Posts: 2,584
So Cal

Re: Panel body removal [Re: kthomas] #1283237
Wed Oct 10 2018 11:47 PM
Wed Oct 10 2018 11:47 PM
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marzach  Offline
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Posts: 402
Justin, Texas
*** Kthomas *** When & if you remove your panel body off the frame be sure and keep the body mounting blocks as you will probably have the custom make or alter the ones you purchase. The blocks removed from my Suburban measured 1 5/8" as compared to 2" for the ones I ordered from Jim Carter. I received information at the time others had the same problem. ***

Re: Panel body removal [Re: marzach] #1283269
Thu Oct 11 2018 03:17 AM
Thu Oct 11 2018 03:17 AM
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kthomas  Offline OP
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Posts: 233
Webb City, Missouri
Originally Posted by marzach
*** Kthomas *** When & if you remove your panel body off the frame be sure and keep the body mounting blocks as you will probably have the custom make or alter the ones you purchase. The blocks removed from my Suburban measured 1 5/8" as compared to 2" for the ones I ordered from Jim Carter. I received information at the time others had the same problem. ***

Wow, thanks a lot Mark!

Re: Panel body removal [Re: kthomas] #1283356
Fri Oct 12 2018 06:49 AM
Fri Oct 12 2018 06:49 AM
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miraclepieco  Offline
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Posts: 420
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Remove the entire front clip as a unit, then 10 bolts are all that holds the cab on the frame. The engine and steering column were out of mine already, so I just jacked it up with RV slide-out stanchions, then rolled the chassis out the front:

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1951 Chevy Panel Truck
Re: Panel body removal [Re: kthomas] #1290868
Thu Dec 13 2018 01:32 AM
Thu Dec 13 2018 01:32 AM
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Craig /49 Panel  Offline
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Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 141
Lake Placid
Just a thought - if you haven't pulled the body off yet you might want to do some cross bracing so the body doesn't twist. It might not be a problem if you are just jacking it up with jacks but if you are going to lift it with an overhead crane I would recommend it. Look closly at Marks pictures in his link above. I had all my doors off so I was concerned it would twist so I put an "X" brace across the back. I used the hinge bolt holes and made brackets and welded "Rebar" across the opening. I also did the doors with some bracing. My panel had significant rust out in the floors so I wasn't sure how strong the body was.


Still trying to get ole Betsy back on the road.
Re: Panel body removal [Re: kthomas] #1293742
Sun Jan 06 2019 02:02 AM
Sun Jan 06 2019 02:02 AM
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Hobart Todd  Offline
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Joined: Jan 2019
Posts: 6
Hobart, WA
I'm going to remove the body off the frame of my 1954 chevy 1 ton panel. Is the body prone to racking if not braced? or if the rear doors are closed that will prevent that? I have learned to ask questions first. I used to say learn by trial and error but i have found that way to be more expensive. Todd

Re: Panel body removal [Re: Hobart Todd] #1293749
Sun Jan 06 2019 02:21 AM
Sun Jan 06 2019 02:21 AM
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miraclepieco  Offline
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My experience is that panel trucks are relatively rigid. My 1/2-ton panel didn't twist at all (doors still opened and closed just the same with the body off) but your 1-ton is a longer, heavier cab. As long as you keep your lifting points fairly level any twisting should be negligible and will return to normal when the body is bolted back down to the frame. And if they were prone to twisting, would the factory have lifted them like this?

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1951 Chevy Panel Truck
Re: Panel body removal [Re: kthomas] #1293755
Sun Jan 06 2019 02:42 AM
Sun Jan 06 2019 02:42 AM
tclederman  Offline

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Jarvisburg, NC


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1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 50 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic - part of the family for 14 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler.
Re: Panel body removal [Re: kthomas] #1293800
Sun Jan 06 2019 01:22 PM
Sun Jan 06 2019 01:22 PM
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marzach  Offline
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Justin, Texas
** I removed my 53 Suburban body less the front clip the same way. Only with two straps. Went back on the frame without a hitch. **

Re: Panel body removal [Re: kthomas] #1294146
Wed Jan 09 2019 06:41 PM
Wed Jan 09 2019 06:41 PM
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49bourbon  Offline
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Posts: 438
Denton,TX
I did close to same on my 49 sub but used an engine hoist to lift. I removed front clip and uses the brackets that hold hood struts on firewall in front and rear bumper brackets in back as lift points.You can remove some air from tires if required to reduce lift. Just go slow and be safe as these are heavy.


Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. - Thomas Edison
Things may come to those who wait...but only the things left by those who hustle."-Abraham Lincoln

Re: Panel body removal [Re: kthomas] #1295985
Wed Jan 23 2019 07:05 PM
Wed Jan 23 2019 07:05 PM
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Hobart Todd  Offline
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Posts: 6
Hobart, WA
So if I'm looking at the picture correctly there lift points were through the boors in front and then attached to rear some how. Cool picture!

Re: Panel body removal [Re: kthomas] #1296262
Fri Jan 25 2019 09:35 PM
Fri Jan 25 2019 09:35 PM
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swizcore  Offline
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Joined: Oct 2018
Posts: 5
Fenton, Mi.
Figured I'd share this time-lapse of my one-man-show, getting the frame divorced from the cab of my Suburban two weeks ago.

https://video.nest.com/clip/28fda8b73f554d549114e0be9bb9e79d.mp4

The body has since been transferred to my rotisserie but with the sheet metal/plywood construction of the base of the body, I got two 12' lengths of 3x3 3/16" wall tube to run the length of the body for full support. This allows me to keep it mobile for abrasive blasting the underbody as well as do all my sheet metal repairs at the rear corners without the frame rails in the way.

[img]https://i.postimg.cc/zBGGcYh8/IMG-0806.jpg[/img]

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Last edited by swizcore; Sat Jan 26 2019 07:45 PM.
Re: Panel body removal [Re: kthomas] #1296362
Sat Jan 26 2019 06:14 PM
Sat Jan 26 2019 06:14 PM
MNSmith  Offline
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So Cal
Neat.

Re: Panel body removal [Re: kthomas] #1296364
Sat Jan 26 2019 07:46 PM
Sat Jan 26 2019 07:46 PM
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swizcore  Offline
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Joined: Oct 2018
Posts: 5
Fenton, Mi.
I'm an idiot, I linked to the wrong video in my prior post. It is now updated with the cab/frame separation time-lapse.

Linked here as well... https://video.nest.com/clip/28fda8b73f554d549114e0be9bb9e79d.mp4

Re: Panel body removal [Re: kthomas] #1296388
Sun Jan 27 2019 01:34 AM
Sun Jan 27 2019 01:34 AM
MNSmith  Offline
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Joined: Oct 2005
Posts: 2,584
So Cal
Even better!

Re: Panel body removal [Re: kthomas] #1296393
Sun Jan 27 2019 01:48 AM
Sun Jan 27 2019 01:48 AM
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bowtietim  Offline
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Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 2,540
Kansas
Cool, keep us posted on your progress with pictures as well.

Tim


"A house is built with boards and beams,a home is built with love and dreams"

Look deep before you leep !!!

"Everything is Everything"

"If I say a mouse can pull a house,Hitch him up"

My 1951 3100 Chevrolet
My 1951 Chevrolet Suburban Carryall

Re: Panel body removal [Re: kthomas] #1296427
Sun Jan 27 2019 02:30 PM
Sun Jan 27 2019 02:30 PM
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TrknGMC  Offline
Bondo Artiste
Joined: Jun 2001
Posts: 675
Boones Mill Va
Nice burb! Looking forward to more updates.


Phillip
1927 Chevy Capital 1 Ton truck - basket case
1941 Chevy Suburban - Parts only
1949 GMC Suburban - 10 year project
1945 GMC half ton truck - Driver
1946 Chevy COE - Might restore one day...

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