[DML] Re: Front body bolts not lining back up
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[DML] Re: Front body bolts not lining back up



Are you sure your body isn't shaped like a banana (ends drooping). What would happen if you picked one end, started as many bolts as you can, then put a jack under the other end and gently raised it up. As Dave Swingle once observed, these are incredibly bendy little cars (he had a back window that simply refused to seat all the way around until he noticed the lift hadn't gone all the way to the floor, banana shaping the body).

Bill Robertson
#5939

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Matthew" <drivestainless@...> wrote:
>
> Group,
> 
> Over the last few years I've been working on a frame-off restoration.  In installing and tightening the body bolts, I've gotten the seat-belt spacers and bolts installed, however, with those in place, the front shock tower bolts are about 1/8" out of alignment, and so I can't get the bolts started.  The body needs to move forward.
> 
> All of the other bolts are loose or uninstalled, so it seems like the area between the seat belt bolts and front shock tower bolts has compressed over time (3 years) in the air.   
> 
> I have not yet, but I will remove everything from the front end if I have to.  I am desperate, and the vendors I've talked to seem to have very limited experience with this scenario.  
> 
> Does anyone have a recommendation as to where the shop could attach a come-a-long to the front end and pull with a relative margin of safety?  One idea was where the hood struts attach. 
> 
> The car was never in an accident, and yes, the bolts lined up just fine when it was taken apart.
> 
> Thanks for any and all help,
> 
> Matt
>




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