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Lots of work!
It took me about 2 months of 16 hour days to completely tear down the frame, paint it and get it all back together. It is a lot of work!
Here is what I did....
Removing the body:
Next you have to figure out how to lift the body, my solution was to invite 20 of my buddies over for beer and burgers. It turns out it is cheaper to hire a crane! The only issue there is figuring out where to attach to the body. With a soft top it is easy, you just grab the roll bars with the top off.
If you don't have a crane, I would suggest taking the wheels off and setting the hubs on the ground on pieces of wood, it is much easier if the truck is closer to the ground. I found the body is VERY heavy and moving it is impossible, you basically can only go straight up with it(unless you get that crane!) So I suggest you start stocking up on old wheels and tires(it is better to have mounted tires in this case). Basically you lift it up and put a stack of tires under one corner, then go to the next, you keep going around in circles adding a tire on each revolution. Once you get 4 tires under each corner you can get two floor jacks and start maneuvering the frame out toward the front, only you cant pull it straight out because the stacks of tires are in the way. So you also need some Hi-Lift jacks because you are going to have to move the stacks of tires you used around because the frame gets really wide where the A arms are. You basically have to move one side, then the ot! her. It is hard to explain, check my pictures to get a better idea.
It is VERY important to note that the passenger side front body mount will hit the rocker panel protection when you try and lift the body straight up. You must remove the body mount from the frame before trying to take the body off! Either that or take the rocker panels off. But since you are going to do a color change you probably are going to want to take the rockers off any way, probably best to do that before you take the frame out from under it.
After you get the body off and out of the way it is very easy to lift the engine out.
For tearing down the Frame:
Squaring the frame:
Getting the springs back in:
Replacing the body:
Stripping the interior:
There are pictures of this whole comedy of errors HERE
As far as tools go, I would highly recommend getting the 3/4" drive torque wrench from Harbor Freight, along with a good quality(read not from the Freight) 1/2" one that goes to 250lbs. All of the 1 & 1/8" frame bolts are 263 ft/lbs.
-Clark "only a few bolts left over" H.
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