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Panel body removal
#1283162 Wed Oct 10 2018 01:47 PM
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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
kthomas #1283168 Wed Oct 10 2018 02:46 PM
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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).


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coilover #1283177 Wed Oct 10 2018 03:31 PM
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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

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kthomas #1283237 Wed Oct 10 2018 11:47 PM
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*** 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. ***

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marzach #1283269 Thu Oct 11 2018 03:17 AM
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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
kthomas #1283356 Fri Oct 12 2018 06:49 AM
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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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kthomas #1290868 Thu Dec 13 2018 01:32 AM
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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.


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Re: Panel body removal
kthomas #1293742 Sun Jan 06 2019 02:02 AM
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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

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Hobart Todd #1293749 Sun Jan 06 2019 02:21 AM
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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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