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Dirt Freak

Total posts: 429
posted October 29, 2004 11:53 AM  
Hey. I have just decided to transfer all my stuff to a new chasis but was wondering should I remove the body bushings. I have never done this but tought about it. Can you just take them out? Will it just set back down or is spacers required? This is 84 monte

Dirt Freak

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posted October 29, 2004 02:13 PM  
You will have to see how much clearance you have from the halo to the roof.

redneck racing
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posted October 29, 2004 04:25 PM  
I took the body bushings out of my Nova and mounted the front sub directly to the body they come right off, you can also use hockey pucks to solid mount it if you need the clearence. Eddie

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posted October 29, 2004 07:04 PM  
i can make you some body spacers, i use cold rolled steel. i made some for a guy restoring a fred lorenzen nascar stock car. he was very happy with them. let me know how many and how thick then i can shoot you a price.


Dirt Freak

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posted November 01, 2004 07:17 PM  
What about the firewall to distrubtor clearance any problems there. I was told to pull all bushing then just put bolts back in and leave the very back unbolted. Anyone know about this?

Dirt Full Roller

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posted November 01, 2004 08:42 PM  
I have a 79 metric and bolted the body to the frame with out the bushings. The engine is set back to 1/8 in. clearance between fuel pump and crossmember. I had to massage the firewall with a sledge for the bell housing and headers. I read an article by Sleepy Gomez after I had done all this and found out when you bolt the body to the frame w/o the bushings it actually slides forward like a 1/2 to 3/4 in. He used 1 1/2 tubing to space the body back up and if I remember correctly I think you can slide the body back about an 1 in. from stock location.

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posted November 01, 2004 09:33 PM  
I have a 85' Regal that I put a 82' Olds cutlass body on. The Regal was a used race car and pretty beat/cobbled up when I bought it, so I started from scratch with parts from the Olds. I seperated the body from both cars to just floor pans/firewalls, removing the outer body panels completely. I put in the 'new' firewall, moving it back 2 1/2", and 'new' trunk floor. The roll cage was repaired where damaged and everything painted up pretty along with the inside of the 'new' body. I then took the body and set it down where I wanted it to be. Welded up the windshield pillars and bolted the rear portion down, all without body bushings. All this was done to get the max weight reduction possible by trimming un-necessary metal, like rockers, inner body supports ect. Trimmed the rear wheel wells to 'fit' the tires, shortened the door skins 4" and ended up with about 2" of engine set back (legal where I run) and gobbs of room for the distributor. I could go on with other details, but,...
By the way I ended up with about one inch of clearance from halo to roof. Cool.


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