With the cradle for the body manufactured, the next stage was to separate the body from the chassis. This allowed the work to continue in two separate directions. Obviously it will allow the body to be worked on separately but it also allowed the complete stripping of the chassis. The question was how to lift the body safely with limited resources. The image to the right shows the result. Scaffold bars wrapped with rope were fitted to the front and rear. By turning and locking the bars a little at a time the body was lifted clear of the chassis.
The plan was to have the chassis bead blasted, some repair work to be done and then powder coated. Unfortunately when it was bead blasted despite being given a coat of primer the chassis decided it’s ultimate ambition was to gain a coat of rust. This meant that some time had to be spent on rust treatment and prevention then a final coat of primer was applied and sent to be powder coated. It was decided at this stage after consultation with the powder coaters that it would be re-bead blasted in order to give it the best finish prior to coating.
It should be made quite clear at this point that this is how I managed to do it and I am in no way recomending it to anyone else. Anyone carrying out a similar task should be well aware of their own safety concerns and knowledge of tools and equipment.