Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Time to put the body on the chassis. Jeffrey was home from N.Y. so he decided to take advantage of the time to do a little body building. No, not that kind. We had a few obstacles to overcome. One; 8" of snow with frozen ice on top, Two; a garage that was located down a hill in the back yard where the Jeep was housed and couldn't drive to, three; limited man power, four; a garage that you couldn't lift from the ceiling. I had previously made a lifting apparatus to lift the body for use in my basement shop with an
overhead trolley and chain hoist so with a cherry picker lift already in the garage a plan was formulated. As long as the cherry picker had enough lifting height we would be in good shape. The mover dolly's that were under the body are rated at 1000 lbs from Harbor Freight  http://www.harborfreight.com/movers-dolly-93888.html Not really intended to put under the four tires of the chassis but was worth a try. They actually have wheel dolly's for this purpose http://www.harborfreight.com/2-piece-1500-lb-capacity-vehicle-dollies-67338.html which is what I would recommend, but it did work. The
body was lifted and the chassis slid underneath. No clearance issues were encountered. The rubber body pucks were placed between the body and frame, body aligned and bolted down. We had previously cut these mounts and numbered their location when we had the body on before, so everything went together well. This will not be the final mounting of the body, (it will be off for paint) but was necessary for further fabrication where alignment and squareness of the body was crucial. The mounting of the body will create alot more fabrication work and alignment of other components wont be a problem. Some sort of running boards are
definitely going to be needed. With only a 2" suspension lift and no body lift, it's sitting pretty tall. The dollies aren't adding that much. Hoping it settles down as more weight gets added.


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