I have a really nice four post lift in my garage that has been one of the best thing I have ever bought to assist in building old cars. It will lift the wheels of a car 8 foot in the air. Problem is my roof in the shop is only about 12 foot and most cars are 4 to 6ft tall. To eliminate punching a hole in the roof of the shop or to prevent crushing the roof of the cars I spent a lot of trips up and down the ladder while raising my cars and then marking on the lift where each car needs to stop.
I also have a body rotisserie which might be the second best tool I have that allows me to remove a car body from the chassis, install on the rotisserie and spin it like a wind up toy. It sure made the welding in of the new floor boards, braces, rockers easier. It also made finishing the bottom of the car easier and best of all it made painting the roof of the car easier. If you have ever had to use a step stool to paint the roof and try and keep the spray pattern flat you know what I mean. I painted this one with the roof facing me, spin the body, spray some more and on and on. It was the best laid paint I have ever done on a roof. Then came the wet sanding and buffing of the clear, again so much easier with the rotisserie. When I was done I had one of the best paint jobs ever thanks to the roisserie.
Then I mounted the body back on the now finished frame and bolted everything down and started putting the car back together. Things were going great, I even got it to the point where I could drive it in and out of the shop, backing up to the end of the driveway and buring rubber all the way back in to the garage.
Things were going great only the brakes weren’t working very well. I finally decided that with rear disc brakes you need to have the emergency brake hooked up and working for the rear discs to work correctly. No problem, it is on the list anyway so pull it in, put it on the lift, raise up the rear while on the lift, remove the rear tires, raise the lift and install the emergency brake cables, adjust, bleed and wah la good brakes. So I raise the lift about chest high put the jack plate on the lift, raise the car until the rear tires ar off the lift and remove them. Going good, now it is time to raise higher and install the cables. Crunch!!!! What the hell? While I was watching the marks on the lift that said 57 and raising the lift to that point all of a sudden I hear this heart breaking sound of metal crunching, I knew immediately what happened but too late. Since I had the rear of the car rasied bout a foot to remove the wheels, I raise the lift not thinking about that and only thinking about the marks on the lift. I didn’t even lower the car, I couldn’t stand the thought of seeing the damage so i went for a motorcycle ride to cool off.
I eventually came back, lowered the lift to see the damage. Oh shit, it hit a main beam in the ceiling and didn’t even damage the sheet rock bu it did put a nice crease about 10 ” deep in the roof of the car. I was sick, but maybe with a little luck I can pop it back out. I removed the rear half of the freshly installed leather headliner and lightly pushed under the roof. Nope, wouldn’t budge so I kind of hit it with my fist. I could tell it wanted to move but not quite hitting hard enough. I kept hitting with my fist a little harder, harder, harder…..KAPOW! It went all at once! I got out of the car to take a look at what use to be my perfectly smooth painted masterpiece of a roof which was now still perfectly painted and buffed but no longer smooth. There was still a crease about 1/2 ” deep and about 3 foot long.
Can’t see it can you. I tried to convince myself of same but it was there and in the right light it looked like the grand canyon to me. I had a friend once who told my other friend right after I ran a 67 nova through the workbench while doing burnouts in the garage while partaking in firewater ritual, “Shut the fuck up! Cole fucked it up, Cole will fix it!”
So guess what? Cole will fix it!
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Have been wanting to blog the rebuilding and total body off restoration of my 57 Chevy for quite some time but where do I start?
It is December 2011 now and started a total rebuild of my 57 chevy 150 sedan two years ago. I will bounce back and forth from the beginning to current and show all the successes, failures and the many things that I must of done for practice along the way.
But! How did I get to this point and what the hell is going on?
Call me Tim Taylor, Tool Time, uggggg humpf humpf!
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