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Here´s a shot of my chassis jig I built for working on my various Opels. It rolls into position, then the levelers are set on the floor. I still have to make the attachment points for the framerails, etc.
Once the chassis is clamped into place, any mods can be done to the car. Panel replacement, frame repair, rollcage, roof removal.....you name it.
Starting to really like this digital camera thing!
 
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hello Bob on the jig do you just weld connecting points to the frames or do you use existing frame alignment hole in the frame I have a 73 gt that I am workin on now
 
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Existing chassis mounting holes and contact areas are used. Shown in the factory manuals with dimensions to ensure the chassis is square.

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Here´s a better view of the GT-specific rolling chassis stand (not the chassis jig). Easily holds the entire GT with front/rear suspension and engine/tranny. Tubing is 2 inch x .063 wall thickness, but triangulation makes it strong. Very light too.

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Does the rolling stand attach to the standard jack point "tubes"?
 
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That´s correct Bob, the stand´s vertical tubes are v-notched so they hold the factory jacking points. The second set of vertical tubes on that rolling stand are for a Manta/Ascona application, as the spacing is different. Also, the upper and lower crossbars at the front of the stand are removeable. This way, the engine/tranny can be lowered to the ground with a jack, and the entire chassis rolled away.
 

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As Gary mentioned in another post, this is a VERY early thread, and the photos were lost when the 'new' forum was setup and these posts were transfered.

Here's some of the newer info:
http://www.opelgt.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&postid=13662#post13662

And here's a shot of the chassis jig. Again, this is not the rolling chassis stand as shown above, but rather a jig than can be leveled and used for chassis alignment.
 

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And a closeup of the leveler detail. Casters are 6" diameter and urethane, and are rated for 1200 lbs each. Very cheap though, got them from Northern Tool and Hydraulic, cost about $65 for all 4. Rolls very nicely, even over small debris.
 

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While we're at it, here's another set of rollers I made for a Manta or Ascona, but they could just as easily have been made for a GT.
I originally made just the rear setup so I could move a car around my shop if I had taken the rear axle out. It just fits into the rear spring pockets, and you slip a couple of bolts through the front trailing arm bolt holes. Done.

The front setup is specific to the Manta, but could have been made to fit a GT's chassis easily. Again, just makes it easier to move a shell around a shop floor.


Bare stands:
 

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What I really like about the photo, Bob, is the size of your shop. I'd love to have a eighth of that! I got a OLD 15x25 garage, that's why I'm thinking of the rotisserie, which would make it good for welding and painting in a limited space.
 

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With a car on the chassis rollers:
 

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Old Hippie said:
What I really like about the photo, Bob, is the size of your shop. I'd love to have a eighth of that! I got a OLD 15x25 garage, that's why I'm thinking of the rotisserie, which would make it good for welding and painting in a limited space.
I wish it were so.....

That's my father's woodworking shop. It's where I do my welding and whatnot, but I can't store cars inside (other than my Dad's GT). I have a pretty big barn (1770 square feet), but I have so many car/parts it's walking room only....can't work on a single car in there. Kinda sucks.
 

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Upstairs of the barn is full with mostly new parts. And it's HOT up there in the summertime, usually over 110.
 

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Even worse, I have my driveway filled with cars too. I can't complain though, the town has never said anything, even though local ordinance only allows one exposed unregistered car.

But in CT, it's a pain, because to be registered, you HAVE to be insured and AND inspected, so the car has to be complete and running. If you pull the insurance, the registration is revoked automatically (state and insurance are tied in together). Luckily, I'm in the 'sticks' of CT.

To make matters worse I have two 4 more cars behind the other side of the barn (fenced in though), and a 40 ft trailer filled top to bottom with used Opel parts, but that is stored on another piece of property my father owns. I can't wait to move to Vermont and LEGALLY have it on all one piece of land....my target is to put up a 5-6 thousand square foot building, and start a fabrication shop.

Bob


Photo: Too many cars.....
 

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Yep, you got alot of stuff! Looks like you got enough tree cover for cover! Like they say though, you can never have enough stuff!:D
 

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davegt27 said:
Some people have it nice wow! What a setup.

I live in an APT.
While I was working to pay for my house/barn, you were serving our country. Now which is more important?
 
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