Removing a body from the frame is a pretty cool experience. I did this years ago, before opening our shop, and a few friends were kind enough to help with the process. If you’re looking to do this yourself, a few friends or a forklift or a gantry or a 2 post lift, or some combination thereof, are going to be needed. Oh, you’ll also need tons of space – taking a car apart, especially a car this big, leaves you with a lot of large parts that are awkward to handle and store. Last but not least, if you’re planning to transport the body, a body cart or rotisserie will make life easy. I am using the Auto Twirler Pro.
Before removing the body I had already removed as much of the original floorpans as possible, as well as the doors, and braced the body in order to retain the strength the floorpans provide. I had already removed the engine and transmission to make way for the LS engine, and had already removed the heavily scratched windshield to trash it after the local glass shop confirmed the scratches were too deep to polish out.
But as this was otherwise a complete car, removing the body requires also removing everything that’s not, well, the body. This includes the front clip – the hood, fenders, inner fenders, grille, cowl support, front bumper, etc., as well as the rear bumper. But we didn’t remove the suspension or wheels just yet.
To lift the body off of the frame we used the two ends of the rotisserie, using each like a forklift, to lift underneath each rocker. We then setup 2x4s on sawhorses and rested the body on those. Next we rolled the frame out – that’s why we kept the suspension and wheels on. At that point, we attached the body to the rotisserie. And now, the body is easy to move around. And true to the name, the rotisserie makes it pretty easy to spin the body, giving you access to all sides, and impressing / scaring your neighbors.