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Old 04-07-2014, 06:00 PM   #1
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'63 Ambassador body lift

Made my first of two gantries yesterday quite a task by my self . At least getting it stood up. the interior is gutted below windows . Not much of the floor is left. Hopefully I will lift it off this weekend. Working 50 to 60 hours a week leaves little time for it, but i'm getting there. If I get the pictures to cooperate Ill use this thread to post more pics and progress.
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Old 04-07-2014, 07:53 PM   #2
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Yes, please keep us posted on your progress....IMHO the 63 Ambassador is the best!
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:02 PM   #3
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Good luck! 50-60 hours PLUS work on an Airstream? Impressive.

Just double checking to save you headaches:
- you've heard warnings about tying down the shell so it doesn't lift off?
- you've seen Frank's writeup on making floor patterns before destroying it?
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:37 PM   #4
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Am looking forward to your progress!
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:47 PM   #5
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Hats off! Anxious to see how it goes. I like the gantry design.
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Old 04-10-2014, 08:25 PM   #6
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Second gantry up and in position. chain hoists up and boards in place to lift now i'm ready to start cutting rivet's. The front and rear of the floor is just rotted away so I will be making mine with out a good pattern but that's a ways down the road.
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Old 04-11-2014, 08:03 PM   #7
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lift off

Got it lifted off today, there's a few hidden rivets but i found them. I took a bunch of measurements of the floor then started pulling up what was left of the floor. The elevator bolts are kinda hidden in places. I used a few different ways to remove them . Including chiseling around them ,grinding them and then a hole saw method that works well too.
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Old 04-11-2014, 08:15 PM   #8
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floor bolts

If you place the hole saw just rite it just cuts the plywood and the plug can be pried out. Then when the floor is removed finish removing the bolts. heres a couple more pics
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I used the hole then bend them till they break method after the saws all and chisel method failed!
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I am a big subscriber to the saws all method as well between each sheet and the top of the frame. Another option if you have a grinder is to put on a cutting wheel and cut them off from underneath, then just lift the plywood sheets off from the top. At least you aren't doing it in snow. Have fun!
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Old 04-16-2014, 06:00 PM   #11
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Some questions
What do you replace cross channels with? The 55 inch by 4 inch channel with oval holes for air duct and plumbing. Can that still be found new ?
I need most of the 20 or so out riggers replaced and 5 cross channels !
I also need to splice in 6 feet of the rear frame . Thinking i will key splice it then box it in at the splice
The bumper could be saved if i can't find one reasonable.
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Some questions
What do you replace cross channels with? The 55 inch by 4 inch channel with oval holes for air duct and plumbing. Can that still be found new ?
I need most of the 20 or so out riggers replaced and 5 cross channels !
I also need to splice in 6 feet of the rear frame . Thinking i will key splice it then box it in at the splice
The bumper could be saved if i can't find one reasonable.
I have these sections made to my spec at the local Steel Mill. This isn't very expensive. Have them done in .125" so your repairs will end up much stronger than original. The oval holes are not necessary. Depending on your fab skills, you can cut outriggers out of crossmember stock. Make sure you weld them on all joining surfaces when you reassemble.
Its unlikely that you'll find an original replacement bumper, so repair the original one.
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Old 05-18-2014, 08:09 AM   #13
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Well Iv'e started splicing in my frame on the rear 6 ft. 300.00 for steel that includes enough for all new out riggers and a bunch of cross members. Here's some pictures.
I will reuse my bumper after I do some metal work on it
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Awesome improvise adapt overcome you have repaired with out going in the hole which is great and it is looking good!
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