SE5a Body Off Resto

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Post by DarrylWebb » Thu Aug 31, 2017 6:34 pm

I agree with much of what's already been said from both angles. I went for body-off to get everything done, and I'm a masochist who likes building cars :)
As funny as Jim's comment is about 5 years to get the body back on, he's on the money. I know this from personal experience :)


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Post by Harry Granger » Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:12 pm

I've put a bet on with some friends I can do it in 12 months... :shock:


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Post by Stupopt1 » Sat Sep 02, 2017 7:46 am

I'm a few months into mine and it can get exhausting if you have a deadline, I will have about 18 months in all as my deadline is classic LeMans in July 2018, but I am spending every weekend on it , somedays you take one step forward and two steps back as you uncover more stuff to do.


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Post by Harry Granger » Sun Oct 15, 2017 3:40 pm

Completely agree! I've been stripping a lot this weekend and continuing some tomorrow so will be posting some pics up soon!


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Post by scimmy_man » Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:51 pm

a local member swapped a chassis on a SE5 in a week, must have been long days, and nothing was replaced apart from the brakepipes.


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Post by Harry Granger » Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:36 pm

Been able to make a bit more progress tonight, even if it was with an angle grinder!

Question is how do you initially lift the body? Then do you put a lump of timber under where the turret supports would go and use a engine hoist from there??


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Post by superleggo » Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:18 pm

Any help?
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Post by Harry Granger » Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:20 pm

If only I had a forklift! haha Yeah I suppose just need to lift the foot up first with some mates and then get a support in and hoist the rest of the way?

Anyone know how high you need to go?


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Post by superleggo » Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:46 pm

I did do one on my own with engine hoist, trolley jack and scaffold poles on a Lotus Elite years ago. I just kept jacking off the scaffold boards.
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These are the only photos I have got as it predates digital cameras

You have got to lift it just above the height of the rear wheels so you can wheel the chassis away. The body shell is very heavy with all the glass etc still in.



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Post by Stupopt1 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:26 pm

The front has to come up quite far, about head height (as shown in the photo with the fork lift), so you can 'unhook' the back, when the front is up you then need to move the chassis forward slightly, then the back can be lifted to roll the chassis clear.


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Post by Harry Granger » Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:49 pm

Thanks for the advice! Nearly everything is disconnected or unbolted now...just the last two bolts in the passengers and drivers footwells which are stupidly hard to get to and the steering column. To make things harder all but two bolts so far have been grinded out. After that I'll lift. I've seen a couple of threads or posts on the FB group talking about supporting the body where the chassis would have been to stop the body from bending too much. I'm guessing pallets and poles etc on a frame would do?


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Post by b.c.flat hat » Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:27 pm

Hi Harry, I just put mine down on four tyres, stayed there for three weeks alright.



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Post by weaver » Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:45 pm

Hi Harry, when I started I planned on 3to 4 years but I've already added on another 2. I built a timber frame in my garage and then got 5 friends round and lifted it off, well on the second atempt (forgot to disconect the gear linkage).
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1 year later not much further on.
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I'm in Huddersfield too. We'll have to have a meet up and talk a load of rubbish. I've also noticed a newish member who's also in Huddersfield (Billy Big Skid)



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Post by Harry Granger » Sun Dec 31, 2017 3:35 pm

Ah nice! Well hopefully not too many more years! Yeah there's about 3/4 of us in Huddersfield and then a couple Holmfirth way, I feel there could be a new noggin on the way haha Absolutely, I'm only in Golcar whereabouts are you?


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Post by weaver » Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:48 pm

Probably be able to see you out of the window, Im in Longwood.



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