Each of us has a car or two that we wish we had never gotten rid of, in addition to those we wanted and never had. Much of the classic car market is driven by those who wish to buy back their childhood toys or bring those early dreams to reality. My two childhood toys were TR-3As and an Austin Healey 100-4. There were lots of toys, but those two are the ones that should have been kept. The AH is now cost prohibitive for me, which leaves the TR-3. Grin! Currently, there are two here that will become one for me and a project for someone else. To get the body off of the frame, I had the below pictured braces welded up out of 1.5" square tubing. The long pieces are 63.5" with a 4" piece welded on top at the rear end and two 3.5" pieces stacked and welded at the front end. These were then drilled and bolted to the hinge holes for the trunk and hood lids. I ran the brace all the way back as far as it would go so that any lift would push against the brace, which is more firmly bolted in the front. For the rear hinge holes, I stacked washers between the brace and the rear cowl. The mistake was thinking this would be just the thing to lift the body with! Not! The chain I used with the come along rolled the square tubing, which in turn bent the front cowl. Maybe a strap wouln't have rolled the braces. Still, it might be better to just pull the body from another point.

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After putting the yellow body back on, it became clear that the problem with the brace was that the chain was bending the square tubing toward the center of the car body. For this brace to work, it would need a section welded or fastened (easier to break down for storage if it was bolted together) between the two long sections of tubing at the point where the chain is wrapped. The maroon body has been lifted off of its' frame at a body shop using an electric hoist and a single web strap. That worked very well! When it comes home again, it will be lifted onto the sawhorses using a strap with the come along.

Here it is resting on the painted frame fresh from a trip for media and sand blasting at Holton's Secret Lab located outside of Helix, Oregon.
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