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Body mount/Suspension random question
Noob here. I have '71 lemans sport that needs the suspension replaced (among other things). Everything is mostly in order, but worn out. So saggy springs, cracked bushings etc etc. Basically, its a 50 year old car that I don't think has been much touched. Anyhoo, I figure I'll start with some easy stuff, springs and shocks first, and go from there. Sadly, I read somewhere that it was a good idea to also replace the body mount bushings when you start suspension work. So i think ok, we'll start there...bad idea.
Needless to say, even after generous dousing with PB blaster, light pressure, etc. I snapped a bunch of the bolts on the body mounts. They were just dust, as were the bushings. Frame seems good though. It it at this point that I realized I'm in the suck. So the car is going to go to the professionals for the body mounts. I have neither the skill, inclination, nor tools to effectively deal with that problem.
So while I wait to have the coin and find a shop to get that done, I thought I'd address the shock and spring problem. So here's the question...I read somewhere that it might be a bad idea to have the car up on jack stands for an extended period of time if the body isn't securely mounted to the frame. That doing such a thing could lead to warping in either the body or the frame. So is that true? Should I wait to start wrenching on the suspension until I get the body mount issues addressed? Or can I start the suspension stuff, and deal with the body mount stuff later?
Thanks for the help!