Removing the body?

SavageSun Willys

Sharpest Tool
Jan 7, 2010
214
Scottsdale, AZ
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Got all the body mounts off, opened up the floorboard for pedals and shifters, steering wheel off.

? Are the shifters simple to pull out and reinstall?

? Steering columm what must be done to remove it?

OR

Is the simple path to just lift the body high enough to clear and roll the chassis out from under?

I have sold the running chassis and drive-line and don't want to tear anything up or create more work for myself...

THanks.. ;)
 

Eric B

Precision Fit
Nov 27, 2009
841
Colorado Springs, CO
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Eric
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Other
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Other
Shifters should either thread on or have a retiaining pin in the shifter housing.
Steering colum removal:
remove steering wheel
remove turn signal assembly
remove under dash colum bracket
on left frame rail
remove steering link from bell crank forward.
remove bell crank
remove 3 mounting bolts for ross box to frame. all on outside of frame rail.
raise front end of vehicle and fish forwad till shaft falls out from the floor

Took 7 of us to lift mine up over my shifter...... (was seized on)

Also double check your fuel tank mounts. 1/2 of mine where to the body other half to the frame......

Good Luch
 

SavageSun Willys

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Jan 7, 2010
214
Scottsdale, AZ
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Eric B said:
Shifters should either thread on or have a retiaining pin in the shifter housing.
Steering colum removal:
remove steering wheel
remove turn signal assembly
remove under dash colum bracket
on left frame rail
remove steering link from bell crank forward.
remove bell crank
remove 3 mounting bolts for ross box to frame. all on outside of frame rail.
raise front end of vehicle and fish forwad till shaft falls out from the floor

Took 7 of us to lift mine up over my shifter...... (was seized on)

Also double check your fuel tank mounts. 1/2 of mine where to the body other half to the frame......

Good Luch
Thanks, ESPECIALLY about the fuel tank tip... ;) ;)

Sounds like lifting is the best route. I happen to have 2 friends (gorillas) that I am sure they could lift the body themselves. 1 guy is a professional movie stunt man, you have all seen him in movies and TV, built like a truck, the other guy is a 8 year vet Spec Opns you name it, built like a even BIGGER truck... :shock:
 

Eric B

Precision Fit
Nov 27, 2009
841
Colorado Springs, CO
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Eric
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Other
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Other
Have someone to get some pics. My wife left the house so wasn't around to take the pics of the event at my house..... :cry:
I wanted the pics of it coming off.......

Will get some of it going back on for sure....
 

Jeep School

Bigger Hammer
Mar 19, 2010
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SavageSun Willys said:
Thanks, ESPECIALLY about the fuel tank tip... ;) ;)

Sounds like lifting is the best route. I happen to have 2 friends (gorillas) that I am sure they could lift the body themselves. 1 guy is a professional movie stunt man, you have all seen him in movies and TV, built like a truck, the other guy is a 8 year vet Spec Opns you name it, built like a even BIGGER truck... :shock:
If you need some REAL muscle, give me a call! :D And don't hurt that gas tank! :D
 

SavageSun Willys

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Jan 7, 2010
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Jeep School said:
[quote="SavageSun Willys":gwyj9n6b]
Thanks, ESPECIALLY about the fuel tank tip... ;) ;)

Sounds like lifting is the best route. I happen to have 2 friends (gorillas) that I am sure they could lift the body themselves. 1 guy is a professional movie stunt man, you have all seen him in movies and TV, built like a truck, the other guy is a 8 year vet Spec Opns you name it, built like a even BIGGER truck... :shock:
If you need some REAL muscle, give me a call! :D And don't hurt that gas tank! :D[/quote:gwyj9n6b]
I pulled the grill off today and fixed a slight drip at the fuel pump and made you a video... ;)
 

62 OlllO

Well Oiled
Oct 19, 2009
1,821
Georgia
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Kevin
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Wagon
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1962
A Movie...that will be a first here...can't wait...I've lifted the body before on my '51, but I had removed the tranny and engine...it took six of us and that was 12years ago... today it would take at least 8... your two monsters should be able to handle it with your monster body too. Make sure we see pic's and a movie would be a plus.
Knowing you Savage, your to organized for surprises so I can imagine this should go without a hitch. Keep us posted.
 

SavageSun Willys

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62 OlllO said:
A Movie...that will be a first here...can't wait...I've lifted the body before on my '51, but I had removed the tranny and engine...it took six of us and that was 12years ago... today it would take at least 8... your two monsters should be able to handle it with your monster body too. Make sure we see pic's and a movie would be a plus.
Knowing you Savage, your to organized for surprises so I can imagine this should go without a hitch. Keep us posted.
Kev, I went over the Ho Chi Mein Freight Sunday to buy a shop crane. I bought the 2 Ton model, $219.95. But being a regular customer over there the little gal at the cash register said 'we had that on sale last week and it went off sale yesterday...OH heck, you are a regular customer, I will give it to you for the sale price anyway...$169.95'. Then I whip out my 20% off any item discount cupon and I walk out with it at $135.95.

Great deal, but what prompted this was my wife who made me go buy it after breaking 2 small toes on the left foot and crushing the big toe on the right foot which led to a trip to the e room at the Mayo Clinic :x , after a 70 lb tailgate I had built fell out of the trailer on my feet :shock: . The good news was I had on my heavy boots or I would have really been in bad shape.

I don't think that we can post/upload any video's to this forum. The file is 43 Mbs that I took today.
 

homewood4

Precision Fit
Oct 23, 2009
521
Citrus Heights & Tahoe
First Name
Greg
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Pickup
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1954
Post that movie up on youtube...
Would be a great place for us less mechanically inclined to learn from thos who've been down the path already...

Oh and where was that stunt buddy when the tailgate dropped?
 

WD09

Gear Grinder
Mar 19, 2010
13
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I pulled the body off my 51 wagon last weekend, After pulling the front clip I jacked up the hole frame with body. Then lowered the body down on some jack stands separating the body from the frame . In front I placed a limbo pole across the top of the two jack stands to get the jack stands apart to roll the rear end under and pass on a floor jack.
 

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rcshook696

Bigger Hammer
Oct 27, 2009
157
Jacksonville, Florida
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Savage, You can take the steering box out the top without removing the wheel. Remove floor plate and petals. If you have to, you can use a floor jack on the rear end. Remove tires and lower it down using the wheels on the jack to roll it out from under body then jack up reinstall wheels. Since you are removing the body I would strip everything out of the interior, as well as the doors and tailgate. Make it as light as possible. I had already made it ready for rotisery so I used cherry picker to pick up rear and installed rotisery. Tall jack stands on a 4x4 will work also. I used that on the front till I got frame out. Cherry picker will get it high enough to lift over shifters if you can't get them out. I lost my pics of this when phone crashed. Chuck
 

aquawilly54

Well Oiled
Sep 21, 2009
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Don, I was just thumping through this thread and noticed there wasn't a straight forward answer to your sifter removal question. If you haven't already worked around them, here's the set up. They are easy to remove and will make transport of the body much easier since it won't have to be lifted up and over. I can't remember from earlier posts, so I'm assuming you have the stock T90 and D18 xfer case.
The main shifter: Put it in neutral, remove six bolts on the cover and pull straight up.
Twin Sticks: Put xfer case in neutral. There is a small cover plate on the floor for these. Remove it. Loosen up the square head lock bolt and pull out the pin from the side through the floor hole that you removed the cover for. Pull the sticks out with the spring clips. That's it. Piece O' cake. I wish I had the room to do what you are embarking on. My wagon body could sure use the sprucing up.
Good luck to ya.
Steve
 
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