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1969 Judge Restoration Begins

Hi Folks...this poor car's been waiting since 1986 to be redone, and now it's time. I know you're supposed to do the sheet metal replacement and then separate the frame and body, but they're already separated and I need to evaluate the frame first. Here come the pix !
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More Pix

I don't know yet if the Captions worked...
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A few more pictures

That's it for now. Next; how the hell do I attach the back ? Any and all suggestions and comments are welcome !
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that body is in tough shape. you have a lot of work ahead. good luck.
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Next; how the hell do I attach the back ? Any and all suggestions and comments are welcome !
I used an engine hoist to raise the back up first and attached the roto, then I moved the hoist to the front, raised the car and rolled the frame out and then attached the roto to the front. I would suggest welding swivel wheels under the roto to move the car around in the shop.

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There isn't anywhere to bolt the rotisserie onto at the back of the body-see post #2, last pic. Also, it came with wheels, but their instructions say to remove them when you use it at the sides
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There isn't anywhere to bolt the rotisserie onto at the back of the body-see post #2, last pic. Also, it came with wheels, but their instructions say to remove them when you use it at the sides
::whistle:: I see what you mean. That part of the trunk floor and the bracing in that area where the body mount usually goes is just... gone. Here's a suggestion: for now, keep it supported from the sides like you have. Get it up in the air enough to replace the trunk floor, the mounts, and braces first. Do that, then you'll have spots to mount the rotisserie.

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Hey Speed. The way we went after mine was I had the body sitting on a snowmobile trailer where the whole trunk section hung off the back of the trailer. On my 65 85% of the weight was on the back side of the rocker panels.. We secured it to the trailer in front(pulling it down) while we did all the work on the rear section of the body. My bodyman was satisfied with the height which allowed him to work on the top or bottom side easily. Just my opinion. Hope this helps.
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As a side note. With the body off the frame the floor panels are structural members. If you plan to put the body on a roto you should tack weld braces in the door openings to prevent it from folding up on you. After your metal work is done you can cut your braces out and grind down any tack weld areas.
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Thanks for the answers, Gentlemen. The trailer idea is a good one, and I will be bracing with tubing. I feel obligated to come up with some really screwy-but-safe way to do this.

Now, you've all seen what I need to patch; steer me toward/away from sources for the sheetmetal.

Thanks ! Rolf
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