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Removal of body from frame question

Hi all!

My 67 Hardtop is ready to come off the frame. It is down to the body shell, decklid, and doors. My question is:

A: Should I remove the doors before lifting off the frame?

B: If I remove the doors, should I brace the door openings, or is that something you only have to do for a convertible?

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Body separation

Greetings Dave
You don't need to weld any braces for body rigidity as long as you properly support her at four points. I did two body separations of my 65 Tempest the first using several friends lifting from the trunk lip and at both ends of the rocker panels with the doors off. The second time was done with the doors removed with the four adapters under the pinch welds at both ends of the rockers at approximate body bolt locations number 2 and 4. I have since completed the car and can say there was no tweak,twist or problems with door gaps after assembly. I've posted several you tubes ( search - 65 Tempest restoration) of the project and have a few pictures of the body separation and drop process and the dolly I built with uni track strut. I used a 67 assembly manual to help along the way along with my 65 chassis and fisher manuals and found there is a lot in common between the years. I hope this helps and wish you the best of luck with your project. Send a few pictures as you go along if you get a chance.
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I should follow up that if this were a convertible you defiantly do need to weld in bracing. Also when you get the body off look for your partial vin number on top of the left frame rail just aft of the tire hump. This is a good thing for documentation purposes
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Dave, welcome. I agree. That said, if you plan to remove the doors after the body is removed, take them off now - just makes the body a little lighter when lifting. Same with the trunk lid. Piece of cake with one on each corner. Matt

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Thanks for the insight guys. I appreciate it! The removal of the body should happen in the next couple of weeks. I've been doing plenty of research on lifting the body off and just want to make sure I don't mess anything up. I have a body cart ready to hold the thing once it's off. I will definitely check out your vids, devildawg...

Here's what it looked like back in 1993.

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Going with that color? Very sharp. Matt

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Yes, going with the original color. I got lucky when I bought the car as a clueless 19 year old kid in 1988. I got a largely original #'s matching car. So I'm going to try to keep it that way as realistically possible. With modern safety and handling improvements, of course.
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What these guys said. Pull the doors and trunk lid first to save weight. Hardtops are plenty rigid and won't tweak if supported correctly. Helped a friend with his '67 HT a few years back, and no issues at all. Everything lined back up perfectly.
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What these guys said. Pull the doors and trunk lid first to save weight. Hardtops are plenty rigid and won't tweak if supported correctly. Helped a friend with his '67 HT a few years back, and no issues at all. Everything lined back up perfectly.
Awesome. Thank you!
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