Restoration Body Dolly

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I like to display my works in progress, at our club meetings or my forum posts, sitting on an appropriate stand or jack. I have a pretty good collection already but I didn't have a body dolly. So with some basic tools and a bit of styrene bits I will attempt to build one.

The collection so far.

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Here are the tools and supplies to start the project.

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First decide the size of your basic frame and cut the pieces to length. The short side of my frame is 50mm and the long side will be 60mm.

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Take a short and a long leg and glue the corners together. Use the grid on you cutting mat to make sure the joint is square (at a right angle to each other).

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Use some sheet plastic, I'm using .010, and create some corner gussets.

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Glue the gussets on top of the legs to reinforce the corners.

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Join the to sides together and and the gussets plates.

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Next cut some legs for the stand, mine are 10mm long.

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Glue the legs in the corners with the tops resting against the underside of the gusset.

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And there you have the basic frame.

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Next time we will add the body support posts to the top of the frame and maybe some casters to the end of the legs, if I can find any. Does anyone have a source for some 1/24 scale casters?

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You can scratch build the casters. Thin aluminum for the frame, bent, drill for axle, wheels made from styrene rod. The axle could be made from wire, or actually a pin, with a flat head on one side and filed on the other side to achieve a burr to hold it together. Made casters for an engine stand with this technique.

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I saw a post, maybe it was yours for scratch built casters. I may have to go that route if I can't find some.

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So now that we have a frame we layout and drill the holes for the body post. I like to start with a small holes and work my way up to the final large size. That way I am not putting a lot of pressure or stress on the styrene. Once the hole is the right size I use a ball grinding bit (just in my fingers) and gentle chamfer the edge of the hole.

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Cut a few pieces of styrene rod to length. I am using .062 rod cut to 10mm. Using a hole punch cut out few disk that will act as the bearing plates.

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Glue the disk to the top of the posts and your done. I didn't glue the posts in the frame so that I can move them around to fit what ever car I am working on at the time.

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So now instead of having to show my WIP like this.

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I can now show show it like this.

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Great post! Nice work, nice explanations, nice photos.

You can't beat that. :)

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Very cool.

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Neat idea! Thanks for the tutorial!

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I can't leave it without casters so we'll make a set. Using the same square tubing we cut small wedges and open the narrow end to create the wheel bracket.

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Then with some solid rod, I am using 0.125 we cut slices the inside width of the bracket.

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The caster need a mounting flange so we cut them form 0.020 sheet plastic, mine are 5mm square.

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After assembling the pieces we have a good representation of a caster which will be mounted on the bottom of the stand's legs.

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Great Job on the tutorial. Looks functional, I might have to build one of these also.

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Thanks for the comments gentlemen. I have about 6-hours in building this which involved figuring out time. If you wanted to build one you could probably do it in half that.

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Here is the finished product. After adding the caster I felt the body support post raised the car too high so I shortened them from 10mm to 8mm. In hind sight I should have made the wheels bigger.

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Here's what it looks like under a car.

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Great post! Nice work, nice explanations, nice photos.

You can't beat that. :)

What he said! Thank you for sharing this.

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Great idea! Looks really good and your step by step was VERY WELL done!!

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Nicely done! I really like the casters.

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So making one of these...thanks a ton for the tips!!!!

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So making one of these...thanks a ton for the tips!!!!

Your welcome Scott. Good luck with your build.

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Cool! I will make one of these eventually for my garage dio.

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Great idea. Makes a big difference in presentation.

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