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Old 05-28-2015, 09:53 AM   #1
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How much tension on frame/shell?

I have lowered the shell back onto my frame after replacing the flooring and floor channel. My issue is that when I set the shell in place I have about an inch gap at the rear-left corner. I can lift up on the bumper and close the gap.

My questions are, is this normal? How much "flex" is there in the shell? Should I lift the shell back off and have the frame "straightened" at a body shop?

My concern is that the shell may buckle, or rivets may shear under load. Any input is greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-28-2015, 08:12 PM   #2
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Normal. Contrary to the common misconception that the frame holds up the shell.... The Shell actually holds up the frame. you may have to jack up several areas of the frame to get it back to level all the way around. There will be lots of flex.

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