May 17, 2005
Body lift. Here's what you should obtain if you can:
1. For power: Air compressor + impact wrench + sockets and basic hand tools
2. For heat: Oxy/Acetylene torch OR small mapp gas/propane torch
3. For everything else: 4" angle grinder
Soak the bolts in penetrating oil like whats his name said. I live in a very wet, snowy, salty area so my truck was rusted to all hell. A week of penetrating oil did absolutley nothing, every bolt except the two body bolts under the floor boards had to be broke off.
This is how I'd approach this lift.
1. Do the bed bolts first. These are the easiest. Some will be hard to reach the nuts on the bottom. Personally, you're not reusing the bolts, why waste your time. Grind the heads off the bolts in the bed and pound them through with a big punch or another bolt. Easy way, save yourself ALOT of time!!! Then you can jack up the bed one side at a time and put the spacers in and bolts and whatnot. Gas filler hoses should stretch to fit. No worries.
2. Before you start on the cab, realize that your lower radiator hose may not reach (it definatley won't if you have a 300-6, not sure about the windsors). Disconnect some of the ground straps and your fan shroud might also need to be removed, because it's attached to the body and that's lifting, but the fan isn't.
3. Start on the cab. Do the back bolts first behind your seat, might have to grind the heads off those and pound them through. No biggie, don't waste your time wrenching on stuff when you don't have to. Especially with those stupid rubber bushings, it's almost impossible to torque those things out by hand. Impact maybe, but by hand let me tell you, I tried. Once you get those done, move to the bolts under the floorboards. Those should come out easy and they're short.
4. The project in itself, the front mounts on either side of the radiator. Try getting the nut off the top (in the engine compartment). It would be very nice if you can get this off, chances are you will be able to. Grind the head off the bolts on the bottom. Don't bother trying to screw them out. They're threaded and probably rusted into the metal bushing. Once those are out, jack the cab up one side at a time and start putting the back 4 spacers in (not the front two by the radiator). Also make sure you support it, somehow since the front spacers aren't in. You may have to jack it up higher to get that bolt and bushing out of there, you can try cutting the bolt in half where it's visible too with a cutoff wheel or torching it in half (careful those rubber bushings burn good) so you can ease the bushing up and out. Once you have that out, stick it in a vise and heat it up real good to unthread the bushing off it. You'll need to reuse that when you put it back together.
5. Your steering column should be a slip spline type deal and stretch far enough you don't need any extension. If they give you one, put it in I guess.
6. If you have a manual transmission or transfer case, take the shift levers off. I cut mine and welded a 3" extension of steel rod in there to lengthen them. Worked nice. If you haven't taken a stick off before, it just slips my mind at the moment, but there's a specific thing you do with that nut. I think you take it out, then put it in the other side and thread it in. It's tapered or something and dislodges the shaft. You'll figure it out.
7. Parking brake cable, brake lines, clutch lines, etc should all be fine, just watch them when you jack up the cab. I'm not sure about an automatic but I'm guessing that linkage should also be ok.
That's my advice. Took me 40 hours to do my body lift working 10 hours a day, no impact, no torches, no grinder, until the bitter end I went out and got the grinder and realized how easy that made everything.
I'd expect it's going to take you a day or two your first time, even with the right tools. It's alot of*******work, that's why a mechanic will charge $800.
Good luck and if ya need anymore info, shoot me an email or something. Hell if you get stuck when you're doing your lift, go ahead and call me -- 906-281-1530. Believe me I know suffering when it comes to wrenching on ****.