The last snag of the day came when we tried to push the body rig and body all the way into the garage. The shifter got in the way and after a quick shifter cap removal and unscrewing of a bolt, the shifter came off without issue.
The body rig has provided us with a huge convenience factor. It is easily rolled out of the garage with two people and can be rolled by one person, but not as easily. We now have convenient access to the chassis and rear suspension and allows us to store the body in a one car garage. It feels good to have finally hit a major milestone in this project.
Evaluating What's Underneath
The condition of the chassis underneath the floor panels was as expected given the condition of the floor panels. There was a lot of surface rust on the chassis, but we cannot be sure if it's any worse without sand blasting. Despite my annoyance with grease and it getting all over my clothes, the grease has actually helped to protect the chassis from rust in some areas. Wherever there was grease residue, underneath the chassis was in fair condition with some original paint still present.
Things Left to Get to the Bare Chassis
- Finish removing front suspension
- Remove rear suspension
- Remove engine, transmission, drive train, differential