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Old 05-19-2011, 08:32 AM   #1
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Default How do you guys mount steel bodies to a full tube chassis?

Just looking for everyone elses ideas. Ive seen a couple simple tabs here and there with bolts...any other way? Tab/bolt placement? Any input would be appreciated.
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Old 05-19-2011, 08:42 AM   #2
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I weld the bottom 4 link bar to plates welded to the rocker/ body. A couple 1/2" tubes on each side welded from the a pilar bars to the a pilars. A few various 1/2" tubes on the sides of the main hoop and by the rear window area welded to the body( generally on a window pinch weld where metal will not get distorted). I do the rear one of two ways. I either weld tabs to the outer most corner pinch welds in the trunk and put a tube between them, or I weld frame rails directly to the rear trunk wall.
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In the pic you can see the tabs I made ao all 4 ends I cut the inner rocker panel out then welded 1/8" flat steel in its place then drilled and tapped it for 2 bolts in each tab. Then in the back of the body I welded tabs to go through the tail end bar that was capped then drilled and tapped.
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Default Re: How do you guys mount steel bodies to a full tube chassis?

It depends on if you are keeping the rocker and door jambs stock or not. Using the stock rockers, I reinforce the rear of the rocker with 1/8" plate/angle and weld a gusset tab to it that will lay on top of the gusset tab welded to the chassis that will line up and make the "shelf". This really helps when taking the body on and off to keep it from going down too far.




At rear, I make the rear bar on the chassis wider, so that I weld plates to it and attach it to the rear bumper area.



At the front of the rockers, I weld gusset tabs to the chassis at the end of the 6A/6B bars and then flat plates to the rockers with nuts welded to the inside of the plates.



I weld a couple of more gusset tabs at the midway of the main hoop facing backwards and then make some tabs/plates with nuts welded to them that will be attached to the door jamb area.



If you zoom in on this picture at the rear of the main hoop, you can see the tab with an aluminum spacer bolted over the quarter trim panel.



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Old 05-19-2011, 10:43 AM   #7
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Default Re: How do you guys mount steel bodies to a full tube chassis?

last one i did i just welded plates to the rockers and weld the chassis to the plates. then ran some bars from the dash bar to the door pilar.
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very nice work !
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Very nice indeed Bill !
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last one i did i just welded plates to the rockers and weld the chassis to the plates. then ran some bars from the dash bar to the door pilar.
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