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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-19-2017, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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Body Off Frame Stand / Support Help Needed

Hi All - Going to pull the body off of the Bronco this weekend (build thread here; Project Mayhem - 79 Bronco Build ) and I need some ideas about a stand for it. I need to be able to roll a motorcycle trailer under the body for storage and also be able to get under the body to repair, clean, and paint.

Any ideas? Not sure what the body would weigh. It is complete with the full interior and everything in place. I would guess it has to be close to 2,000 pounds, anyone know for sure?

I was thinking about cross pieces, maybe 4x4 or 4x6, that are supported outside the width of the wheels. That way I could roll the chassis out from underneath it and roll it back when I am done. Just a thought.

Any ideas and / or any pictures of what others have done would be appreciated.

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Yukon buddy. Check out my thread starting here:

79 Bronco Katy Texas Build

I built a wooden dolly that worked out well for me.

Let me know what you think.

Did you ever get the body mounts off?
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Yukon buddy. Check out my thread starting here:

79 Bronco Katy Texas Build

I built a wooden dolly that worked out well for me.

Let me know what you think.

Did you ever get the body mounts off?
I was looking at that cart, but was hoping to find something that kept the supports wider than the cab. I only have so much realestate in my driveway and the body has to share the space with a motorcycle trailer. Plus I need to be able to get under the body to work on it.

Regarding the body mounts, I took your advice and used the grinder. Worked great! I have to say your build thread is awesome! Whenever I need inspiration for my project I go straight to your thread
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I used old boat bunks cut down to size across the body mounts and long carriage bolts to bolt them down. I put 8" casters on the bottom so I can move the body around.

When I need it up in the air, I use stands made out of 12" 2x4's layered over each other and screwed together. I can get it all the way up to where the roof touches my ceiling. It takes a little work to get it up and down, but it only has to transition a few times.



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a video over on youtube . they used scaffolding and got it up fairly high .. just gotta let your inner redneck out
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Hey Yukon, when we did our 79 we built a dolly that left the bottom of the body completely open access except one round bar at rear just behind the center line of rear axle. It had a rail on each side that fit up into the slots that run down each side of the rocker panel. We jacked the truck up as high as we could, rolled the dolly under the truck then lowered the truck back down onto the dolly. The axles then had to be pulled so the frame could be lowered and slid out the back. If you click my r79bronco link below and look at picture 5 under Tex that should help you under stand my rambling.
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Thank you all for the advice. I think I got it figured out so I bought my lumber for the stand. It is basically just two 8' long 4"x6" horizontal beams that will go across the body where the body mounts attach (one front one back) and a vertical 4'x6' beam on each end of each of the horizontal beams supporting it. Kind of like two saw horses made out of 4x6 beams with the vertical supports outside the width of the body. That way I will be able to roll the chassis out from underneath the body while the body is on its own stand. The two "saw horses" will be tied into each other to make sure they do not fall over.

I will post some pics next weekend when I have them built.
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