Body removal lift points

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I'm ready to lift the body off of the frame. My shop has a gantry with a hoist that I plan on using to safely and hopefully easily lift the body from the frame and place on a don't I made

My question is where would be the best places to attach chains/straps to the body to lift it?

Would the front door and lift gate strikers be able to handle the weight of the body? I would ideally want 4 points to lift the body from. Open to suggestions!

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here is a creative way to do it:

 
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BC runners just added a video where they lift a chinook body off using the door flanges
 
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A common way to do it for 60's is to use an engine hoist with chains and d-rings bolted to the seatbelt mounting holes in the floor. The boom of the engine hoist going through one of the door openings.

Since you have a gantry, you could possibly bolt to the door hinge locations like the above video on either side with straps to balance the load front and back. I would definitely *not* lift with a rope or chain around the roof.
 

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someone on here used a gantry or similar and put boards/beams through the front and rear doors openings. Then lifted the beams.

Tho, I would be very cautious with this approach as I wouldn't want the body to bend where the beams contacted it.

You can bolt to the front door and tailgate hinge bolt holes, but then it seems your chain/strap would be wrapping around the body.
 
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A common way to do it for 60's is to use an engine hoist with chains and d-rings bolted to the seatbelt mounting holes in the floor. The boom of the engine hoist going through one of the door openings.

Since you have a gantry, you could possibly bolt to the door hinge locations like the above video on either side with straps to balance the load front and back. I would definitely *not* lift with a rope or chain around the roof.
Yes that is what I'm planning! Thanks
 
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someone on here used a gantry or similar and put boards/beams through the front and rear doors openings. Then lifted the beams.

Tho, I would be very cautious with this approach as I wouldn't want the body to bend where the beams contacted it.

You can bolt to the front door and tailgate hinge bolt holes, but then it seems your chain/strap would be wrapping around the body.
Yes I was thinking the same thanks!
 
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Got the body off this weekend. A few hiccups and bent lines but overall went pretty smoothly and I was able to just hook the straps to the door and tailgate hinges. Doesn't appear to be any bending or deflection.

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here is a creative way to do it:

Hello,

Is there any information on the Forum in the way of a checklist of what to disconnect in order to remove the body? Right now I'm just going through it with common sense.
 
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Hello,

Is there any information on the Forum in the way of a checklist of what to disconnect in order to remove the body? Right now I'm just going through it with common sense.
Common sense and slow speed are a good place to start. Do you have the FSM?
 

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