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Old 03-28-2002, 02:09 PM   #1
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Hi Guys,

Basic question:

How do people mount their body's?

I've had 6-7 diff. bodys & I've never been happy with the results.

Wheel arches are off, body post holes are a nightmare to get right.

List your best hints & tips here.


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Old 03-28-2002, 06:52 PM   #2
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Do it before you paint it...

line up the front wheel arches first.... mark the position of the mounts....

should all line up nice if you take your time
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Hi Guys,

Basic question:

How do people mount their body's?

I've had 6-7 diff. bodys & I've never been happy with the results.

Wheel arches are off, body post holes are a nightmare to get right.

List your best hints & tips here.


All the best
Do the following before you paint the body:
1. Drill the front mounting post holes
2. Drill the rear mounting post holes
You should be able to slide the body onto the car with the fenderwell cover both front and rear tires
3. Cut both front and rear fender well.
4. Drill a hole for exhaust outlet
5. Cut engine heatsink hole,(either a big hole to accomodate the head or just a small hole for your glow ignitor(depends on body)
6. Drill hole for high speed needle adjustment screw.

Final Step: paint the color you want!
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Old 03-28-2002, 11:42 PM   #4
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I agree with all who said drill it out before you paint it. I've tried mounting bodies after I painted them and it was a nightmare.

Also, trim your body mounts to where the body sits level with the chassis line before you mark where to drill out the mounting holes. If one end of the body is higher than the other, then the body will shift either forward or backward (depending on what end was higher at the time of marking).

Lastly, most of the score marks for the wheelwells don't seem to always be in the correct spot for the chassis (eg, if you center the front wheel, the rear ones will be off and visa versa). I always line up the front wheelwells because there's generally less margins for "error" on the front of the car. If the rears are off (which seems to be the case 90% of the time), then I simply re-mark them to fit that particular chassis.

Once the body is mounted on the chassis, I mark where the stub axles are; put a compass on it with a Sharpie permanent marker taped to it and make my own wheelwells.

The ink from the permanent marker won't smudge or rub off if you inadvertently touch it. Yet, it wipes off clean with some denatured alcohol.

Hope this helps,
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Old 03-29-2002, 12:20 PM   #5
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I usually buy the same bodies over and over again, so I take an old one, put it inside the new one and use a sharpie pen to mark everything. Then I do my cutting, drilling and dremeling before I mask and paint.
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