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Body off frame question

Hi guys. I am about to lift the body off the frame on my project. I have a question regarding supporting the body. I am installing the body supports across the doors and an "X" form from side to side. My question is this, is a square frame made from 4x4's strong enough to support the body once it is off the chassis? I was thinking of bolting 4 4"x4" beams together to make a frame for the body to sit on while I work on the chassis. Any opinions on using a 4x4 frame to support the body once it is off the chassis?
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4x4's are plenty strong enough if you put one two by four vertical under each cross beam you'll be fine.
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Agree with SCG. The body is really not that heavy. 4x4s will support it. That said, it would be nice to have 2x10s attached to the inside the length of your 4x4 box positioned to sit exactly where the frame runs from fire wall to rear wheel well. The center of gravity is towards the rear wheel wells, so make the box long enough to fit a support back by the trunk to keep it from tipping back. Oh, and of course, put some good swivel wheels on it to roll it around. Matt

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Here is something I put together in 08,




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Now that's slick!!! But the work area is way too clean!!
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Here is something I put together in 08,



Very nice. Simple but effective. Only one question...how in the heck did you get the car body up on to that nifty stand. I was thinking of a stationary rack. No matter what rack I go with, I have not totally figured out how to get car body onto a rack of any kind. I have a couple theories, but theory and application may not coincide.
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I'm thinking that it may involve some beers!

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And at least 3 guys, besides yourself, to drink the beer. Matt

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Okay guys, you are not being very helpful with suggestion of beers......but point taken
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Mr. V....I used 2" ratchet straps under my car with some 1 1/4 pipe in the rafters to support it when I didn't have it on stands. You could raise it with them but it would take some time and effort.

Separating the body from the frame is honestly best done with some friends (at least three) but don't break out the beer until the job is done.
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