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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 02, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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I'm ready to begin subframe restoration.

Should I just throw a few old tires underneath the car and drop the subframe down? Anybody have any tips for me?
I do need to replace the floor pans at somepoint... but we can get into that at another date.

my guess at process would be to support subframe at current ride height, unbolt unibody, life unibody, roll subframe out, rest unibody on spare ties at good support locations and that's it.
As far as options, I have a front-end loader, an engine hoist, car jacks, jackstands, bottle jacks.... and lets not forget friends to help out. check the link in my signiture for current physical status on my car.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 02, 01:02 PM
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i put floor jack with 4x4 in middle of car in tranny tunnel took the weight off front, then unbolted the subframe rolled it out and put jack stands on each firewall mount, then left it till i was ready to put back in, goodluck

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 02, 01:15 PM
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Jack up the car until the front wheels are almost off the ground (but still touching!)then set jackstands under your rocker panels with a length of 2X4 or 4X4 between the jackstand and the rockers. Let the car down slowly onto the wood/ jackstands. Place bottle jacks under the subframe ends (toward the rear)...remove bolts and other items fastened to the frame. Lower the bottle jacks and roll the frame out!

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I like chop tops way. I also bought a couple rubber wheels at the hardware store and made mounts for them so they could be bolted onto the firewall subframe bolt holes. Then you can roll the car around. The wheels have a ball bearing plate that lets it act like a crazy wheel, you can really get the car moved into tight spots.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 18th, 02, 04:57 AM
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I did it Choptop's way. I unhooked everything connecting subframe to body other than the subframe bolts, then lifted the car slightly, supported with jackstands and wood cushioning blocks under the rockers, then unbolted the sub, while supporting the rear of it with a rolling hydraulic jack. Don't want those rear frame rails to come crashing down!

Check out this part of my website for some info that might be helpful... www.geocities.com/boodlefoof/summer2002

Geocities might shut down the site every once in awhile because I get too much traffic, but it will be there sometime or another...
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 18th, 02, 05:05 AM
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This is what I did:

Ran a 2X4 under the body and lifted just enough to put jack stands under. (Wheels almost on the ground.)

When the subframe was out I nailed two 2X's together, drilled a couple holes and bolted them as seen below:

I now have a jack stand under end end of the doubled-up 2X.

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