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Offline joeglia

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71 Convertible Door Bracing
« on: July 05, 2014, 11:09:41 AM »
I just purchased a 71 convertible to restore with my 14 year old son. I know that when I lift the body from the frame, I need to create some bracing across the doors and I even saw some pictures of bracing going to the front of the vette as well.  Does anyone have any pictures, thoughts on the best way to do this?  I do not want to lift the car until I take this necessary step.  Thanks

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Re: 71 Convertible Door Bracing
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2014, 02:32:29 PM »
Remove the doors, brace from the top door hinge to the lock post, replace the lock pin with a bolt. the brace will be in tension so something like 35 mm right angle or U channel will be more than adequate. some fabrication at the ends is required.

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Re: 71 Convertible Door Bracing
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2014, 06:11:52 PM »
Similar to this set up.

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Re: 71 Convertible Door Bracing
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2014, 09:47:47 PM »
Thank you for the picture.  The previous owner actually had actually placed a similar wire/cable assembly on the door and lock area.  I just did not think that was enough.  I will post a pic of the car and the door brace so you can get a look at the current setup.  Again, thank you.

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Re: 71 Convertible Door Bracing
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2014, 09:56:06 PM »
Another question - What is the best place to lift from?  I know that sounds silly but is it best to place a 2x4 piece of wood across the two door braces and hoist from the middle of that piece of wood from the center of the car?  Is that the best location? 

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Re: 71 Convertible Door Bracing
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2014, 11:04:18 AM »
have a look at this, reply 28 has a very common scense approach to the whole deal.
Gives you a idea on what it looks like and by the way no strap between the doors leave them on till you get the thing of.

http://forums.corvetteforum.com/c3-tech-performance/3299932-lifting-body-off-for-frame-off.html

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