How Heavy?

So, in order to swap the chassis, the body needs to be removed. this can either be done in one piece, or by taking it apart. Most commercial chassis swaps are done by the former method. The reason for this is that it’s a lot quicker, and reduces the number of parts needed (Snapped bolts, things that might as well be replaced as they are off etc).

BUT – Most commercial chassis swaps involve the use of a post lift, crane, forklift, or similar. Surprisingly, I do not own any of these. I do have an engine crane, a high lift jack, a bottle jack, a load of timber, some steel box section, etc…

So, first question is what does the thing weigh?

A quick google finds some approximate weights for major components, which gives us a rough guesstimate:

Kerb weight2050
Items to be removed:
Gearbox and transfer box100
Total of items to be removed645
Total body weight = kerb weight – removed weight1405

its probably reasonable to expect the actual to be a bit different – even assuming these numbers are correct, there’s plenty not accounted for: Wiring, body mounts, nuts and bolts, pipework (Fuel, water, brake, power steering etc), fuel tank etc. Its not even clear if the axle weights include the wheels and tyres or not. and that’s before you take in to account modifications to interior, panels, etc. My vehicle has none of the original carpets, headlining, trim etc, but does have non standard seating, soundproofing, camper conversion, roof bars etc etc.

However, if you assume 800kg per end, or 400kg per corner, its probably not miles off. And those numbers are well withing the capabilities of my engine crane, jacks etc, as well as the holding capacity of the timber and box section I have available. So, all is well, and we’re good to go for a one piece lift!