After scrubbing, sanding, grinding and scraping the frame and underside of the cab as much as possible with the cab on, we decided the cab needs to come off to really do the job right. Plus it’ll allow Matt to work on cab rust repair while I clean the frame without stepping on each other’s toes too much. The trick with the cab is there’s only two of us and the cab’s kinda heavy.

We decided we need to lift the cab high enough to allow the frame to roll out from underneath and our supports needed to be wide enough apart to let the chassis roll between the supports. A trip to the local lumber yard for some ten foot 4×4’s and we’re ready to roll. The process was actually pretty easy:

  • Un-bolt the cab
  • Lift the back of the cab while your friend slides the 4×4 between the frame and cab
  • Repeat for the front of the cab
  • Remove the front wheels and leave the chassis on the floor jack to roll it out the back

The front wheels needed coming off because we couldn’t get enough height on the cab to allow the chassis to roll out under, leaving the frame on the floor jack and lowering the front end made the task easy. Now I can really get that needle scaler into all the nooks and crannies under the cab.

Rather than leave the cab and supports taking up the entire garage we also decided to build a quick support for the cab on casters. This was the best decision we made on this project so far. It is great being able to move the cab to work on it wherever you need. Being able to turn the cab sideways to let all the natural light from the open garage door into the cab makes work so much easier. Sliding the cab to the side of the garage when you’re not working on it to make space for other tasks really increases productivity too.