To do a frame off restoration, well, you need to remove, repair, and restore the frame. Here's what the process looked like from my perspective...
Since the body was not high enough to roll the frame out (that would have taken 30 or so inches) I removed the rear axle and rolled it out. This will be set aside, have not decided if I want to use this or not. A 12 bolt posi would be prefered.
1956 Chevy Bel Air Sport Coupe Restoration
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Down goes the frame onto a floor jack so it could be rolled out. See all that white stuff... that's sand - from sandblasting. This will be a pain to clean.
After a bit of work, the frame rolled out. Was uneventful - tied a rope to a tree and the frame to prevent it from rolling down the hill and a 4x4 as a brake. A little muscle and it was back in the garage. Started pulling the suspension, which all be replaced with poly bushings and disc brakes with drop spindles. Cool!
Now the real work begins. These trans horns need to go because of header clearance with a 700R4 and Earle Williams trans crossmember. Look easy to remove? Nope! The top one was easy to cut through, the sides required a die grinder.
Ok, this took hours of work and lots of noise to remove. I cut off the mount with a die grinder then used a grinding wheel to grind down the welds being careful not to nick the frame. I also removed the clutch Z bar mount with a drill and ground down the welds. Will look nice when done, now I know some short cuts for the next side.