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Old 11-30-2012, 04:58 PM
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How hard is it to remove the body on my YJ to work on the chassis.

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Old 11-30-2012, 05:12 PM   #2
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to many factors to guess. If everything goes well and you have a decent set of tools 4-5hrs is possible. But it's a jeep I would count on atleast are body mounts giving you hell. Start soaking things with pb blaster a day or hell even a week in advance.

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Easy way is to unbolt all of the body bolts (I think there are 12 of them) and lift. I'm going to have to do mine in a few months when/if I remove the body lift... so share your experiences here if you do it so I can see how hard it is

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Lifting the tub...

lifting the body is not hard at all... but as already mentioned, the body bolts can be a pain in the butt. Best advice: Have four to six friends, a large crow bar (helps in lifting the body after you find out the bolt wasn't the only thing holding the body onto the frame...), an engine hoist or a better lifting device, patience, patience, patience and a sense of humor, good food and drink for your buddies.

Have to disconnect the brake lines on the firewall, the throttle cable, the stick shift, the front end, and anything that hangs up on the body. Have to decide on a safe place to sit the tub once off. I put mine on the side on top of cinder blocks and 4x4s. I hooked up the engine hoist to the roll bar and lifted it straight up, then rolled the chassis from underneath it... figure out how you will do it BEFORE you attempt it. If you have friends over, this is so much easier.

Take plenty of digital photos... especially of how wires and lines are run and how things are hooked up to your engine, tranny, etc. Assume you will forget everything and take photos accordingly. This is good advice.

WARNING: If the tub begins to fall, let it go. It isn't worth your life or your friends' lives. Don't try to "roll" the tub with the engine hoist if you go that route.

I have enclosed some photos... I hope it helps.

Take care,
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Check "YJ V6 Conversion Swap" if you want to see my "frame up" restoration that anyone can do.

Check "WWII Willy's restoration and usage..." if you want to see THE ORIGINAL JEEP IN ACTION.
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