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Old 01-30-2013, 12:12 AM   #1
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At first I wasn't going to do a frame off restoration. I guess I was just so eager to get the car in driving condition I didn't wanna put myself through that long of a wait. But after getting as far into this project as I already am, I would hate to look back on this opportunity and say "I should have done it then." I have one question. To my knowledge, They're are 8 bolts that hold the body to the frame, is it as simple as unbolting all 8, having a couple buddies of mine lift the body and just roll the frame out from the body and setting the body down? It just seems like it is going to have a lot more to it than that. It's a 79 and I have already pulled out the engine and tranny if that helps at all. Any and all advice will be appreciated guys, thanks in advanced.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:13 AM   #2
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Get an "Assembly Instruction Manual" if you if you don't have one yet. Corvette Central sells them. Remove the front and rear bumpers. Disconnect any brake and fuel lines that attach the body and frame. Also, wire harnesses/ ground wires that would attach the body and frame. Here's the frame mounting points.

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and A/C or tie off the compressor and rad/ fan shroud ,trans cooling lines.etc. .. the bolts will likely be severely rusted.. if you cannot unbolt, you will need to cut them .. two are in the rear wheelwell, there is an access panel right behind driver door
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Mike80 ... Is your frame still bare like that?
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WOW... mike I could not have asked for a better example, you hit the nail on the head for me, Thank you. I'm gonna order that manual right now. I'll be sure to take pictures and keep you guys updated.
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Old 01-31-2013, 05:22 AM   #6
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WOW... mike I could not have asked for a better example, you hit the nail on the head for me, Thank you. I'm gonna order that manual right now. I'll be sure to take pictures and keep you guys updated.
No problem. Good luck! Remember to soak the bolts real good with PB Blaster.
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Mike80 ... Is your frame still bare like that?
Nope. Here's a pick after I beefed it up with gussets, extra welds etc. and acid dip/ powdercoating.



And a pick of under the vette now.

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That frame is frickin awesome. I am jealous. All I did was paint mine. That thing looks bulletproof.
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That frame is frickin awesome. I am jealous. All I did was paint mine. That thing looks bulletproof.
Thanks! I really like the Flame Red powdercoat, glad I did it. I figured all the trouble that I went through to pull the body off and the cleaning, grinding and welding, that it was worth the $900 I paid for acid dip and powdercoating it a color I like. When people look underneath the reaction that I usually get is "WOW!".

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Thanks! I really like the Flame Red powdercoat, glad I did it. I figured all the trouble that I went through to pull the body off and the cleaning, grinding and welding, that it was worth the $900 I paid for acid dip and powdercoating it a color I like. When people look underneath the reation that I usually get is "WOW!".
Gave me the WOW factor
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