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Old 12-29-2011, 06:25 PM   #1
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Looking to see what people have used to lift the body off their C-3's.
How heavy is the body really? Can an engine lift handle it?
Thinking tow truck or a neighbors front end loader.

What have other people done, and what tips to avoid problems doing this for the first time.
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Old 12-29-2011, 06:29 PM   #2
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I used 4 straps design for corvette and fork lift, It was very easy. I have a friend that has done it with floor jacks and 4 x 4 beam across, Seems like alot of work that way.
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Old 12-29-2011, 07:13 PM   #3
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I lifted mine with body straps and a come-a-long attached to my garage rafters, 10ft ceiling.

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Old 12-29-2011, 08:03 PM   #4
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I haven't done it yet, but I've seen more than once in my searches that guys used their engine hoist to lift the body.
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Old 12-29-2011, 08:18 PM   #5
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I use my engine hoist (HD).
Attach straps or chain to both out board seat belt holes, and the studs for the hood latches in the fire wall.
Well balanced, and works every time. This is my recent project 69.




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Old 12-29-2011, 08:56 PM   #6
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I used a engine hoist, but it was very precarious... Mine was very nose heavy when it came off the frame and I had a strap going to the nose to help support it...

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Old 12-29-2011, 09:50 PM   #7
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I used a engine hoist, but it was very precarious... Mine was very nose heavy when it came off the frame and I had a strap going to the nose to help support it...

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I removed everything I could: Hood, doors, decklid, interior, wiring, etc. I could estimate body weighed maybe 300-350 lbs??? (My son and I could lift it slightly to adjust on the supporting 4X4s) I have a convertible, so chains were attached between the upper door hinge and where the shoulder harness screws into.
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Old 12-30-2011, 01:23 AM   #8
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Thanks for the input so far.

I had also thought about doing it with two engine lifts. My car has bonded on glass bumpers and I thought it might give me some fudge room to clear if I could jockey the lifts independently.
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I also used an engine lift (Cherry Picker) and lift straps, the only thing was that I had to tie knots in the straps to shorten them a few inches in order to achieve the height to clear the frame.
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:22 AM   #10
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I also used an engine lift (Cherry Picker) and lift straps, the only thing was that I had to tie knots in the straps to shorten them a few inches in order to achieve the height to clear the frame.
Shak!! I did this as well for those reasons and my garage ceiling is only 8 feet... My drive way is probably on a 20-25% grade, so no way I could do this outside... My HOA would've loved that!!!

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I did my body lift by myself. I bought a set of lifting straps from Corvette America (Eckler's, Corvette Central, Zip... they're all the same). If I had to do this again, I would have gone up into my garage attic and re-enforced the roof trusses, then suspended a chainfall overhead.

As it was I used my engine hoist. The straps in this case were too long so I had to shorten them up. And even then I wouldn't get enough clearance to clear the body from over the chassis. So I took the four wheels off, lowered the chassis on to wheel dollies - that gave me about another 8" of space which was enough.

I raised the body up, pushed the chassis back into the garage and then moved a custom made body dolly under the body. Lowered the body and rolled it into a temporary car port tent behind the garage.

I'd guesstimate the body to weigh about 600 lbs completely stripped. When I go to reattach the body, I'll do it sections rather than do a body drop.
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Engine Hoist.



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Old 12-30-2011, 02:58 PM   #13
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Pulled mine myself but you really need another to help. It doesn't weigh much if interior is stripped. Mine was front heavy which caused a problem because I was alone. I didn't remove the doors but should have.

I saw someone use a front end loader on here before and it looked like the way to go if you have one available. No problems lifting and easier to move around than an engine puller.
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I use my engine hoist (HD).
Attach straps or chain to both out board seat belt holes, and the studs for the hood latches in the fire wall.
Well balanced, and works every time. This is my recent project 69.




Does that work as well on a coupe? I imagine with the t tops off it probably would.

I took mine off with a HD lift and nylon tow strap as well. I welded up a balancer/load leveler for when it's time to put the body back on. But the seat belt location looks pretty darn fool proof.
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When we took the body off of my 76 TT, we hooked four straps to a lift and pulled it. I did not have access to the lift when I put it back on, nor the four straps. (similar to these with the flat hooks)

The straps are generally around $20 and I hated to spend $80 on something that I would never use again. My neighbor runs a warehouse and he called a truck driver that loaned me a pair for a week. My friend brought over a cherry picker (the HF one that most people have) and it worked fine. I have 8' ceilings, but a bulkhead that covers the rear 1/4 of the garage, so I was worried about clearance. It was not a problem.
I used 2 straps instead of four when I put it back on. I thought that way I could easily adjust the balance if the front or back were heavy by moving the picker forward or back and then ratcheting snug the straps. I got lucky and it was balanced perfectly. I did not feel too comfortable moving the body on the picker, so (again) my friends brought over wheel dollies and we slid the rolling chassis over under the body. I too have a steep driveway.
In case you have not noticed:
1. I have really good friends.
2. I am really cheap.


As far as tips... The more friends the better, and also go slowly because there will always be some ground cable or something that you forgot to free up.
Good luck!
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I used a engine hoist, but it was very precarious... Mine was very nose heavy when it came off the frame
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Did everything myself....I also had to tie knots in my straps. The ceiling in my garage, like others have posted, is only 8Ft. My driveway is also on a significant decline, so rolling everything outside really wasn't the best option for me. In the garage however, I had trouble with the boom of the engine hoist hitting the ceiling before I could get the body high enough to roll the chassis out. I ended up tying more knots in the straps to get the clearance I needed. Left doors on, but gutted the rest of the car. Mine was also a bit nose heavy, most likely from poor placement of straps, but I managed. My only 2 regrets were that I was too stubborn to ask for anyone's help and when I finally got the body up high enough to roll the chassis out, the body shims started falling out. I totally forgot to pay any attention to where they came from and now the majority of them are mixed up. Guess i'll figure it out when its time to put the body back on! Best of luck to you!!
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...when I finally got the body up high enough to roll the chassis out, the body shims started falling out. I totally forgot to pay any attention to where they came from and now the majority of them are mixed up....
At least you had shims...
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No problems here with an engine hoist. We performed few test lifts to find the center of gravity. Only thing removed were the seats. I left the t-tops on because I did not like the amount of pressure the straps put on the doors. I also had a person lifting the nose at all times until it was on the dolly.
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Lots of inspiring ideas of how to accomplish a body lift with ingenuity to work around workspace limitations. My setup is not unlike what many of you describe, 8 ft, ceiling, two-car garage a do-it-yourselfer.

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I did my body lift by myself. I bought a set of lifting straps from Corvette America (Eckler's, Corvette Central, Zip... they're all the same). If I had to do this again, I would have gone up into my garage attic and re-enforced the roof trusses, then suspended a chainfall overhead.
My two-car garage has an 8" cinder block wall that separates the two stalls...formerly a beach cottage. We are goin to drop the wall and put up a laminated beam up and trying to figure out how to configure it for body lift.

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As it was I used my engine hoist. The straps in this case were too long so I had to shorten them up. And even then I wouldn't get enough clearance to clear the body from over the chassis. So I took the four wheels off, lowered the chassis on to wheel dollies - that gave me about another 8" of space which was enough.
Great idea


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Did everything myself....I also had to tie knots in my straps. The ceiling in my garage, like others have posted, is only 8Ft. My driveway is also on a significant decline, so rolling everything outside really wasn't the best option for me.
Just had pavers put in so it would be easier to roll a dolly around but again that 8 ft ceiling limitation.

Also like the idea of a temporary car port to house the body when confronted with a two-car stall setup.
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If you have the energy to make something like this H, it worked perfectly:







It was a body lift that my friend did last year. Body placed back on this past week:





He was fortunate to have 3 guys help who have done body off restorations of their cars and have assisted others. You might want to complete your profile to at least town, and state. Perhaps there are others close by willing to help. Cant imagine doing this project without a lift.
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