Body-on-frame vehicles are becoming increasingly rare in the modern automotive landscape. The weight savings supplied by a monocoque chassis design have meant that framed cars basically only exist today in the world of pickup trucks and large SUVs. However, they do offer one huge advantage over unibodies – if necessary, the platform can be detached and replaced underneath the vehicle.

The video below compresses the chassis replacement of a 2004 Land Rover Discovery Series ll at J. White's Automotive in Framingham, MA, from a weekend down to four minutes of time-lapse footage. If the lot outside the workshop is any indication, these folks know a lot about working on Land Rover products, and they make this job look like a breeze.

If you dig seeing how cars work, then the whole process is a wonder to behold, especially once the chassis gets separated from the body. Amazingly, it looks like just two guys do most of the labor on the project. Scroll down to watch the whole operation from beginning to end.


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      rwcmick
      • 8 Months Ago
      Nice job. All avoided if Land Rover would have galvanized the frame at the factory.
      J Shep
      • 8 Months Ago
      How to spend $15,000 on a $5000 vehicle
      a_ter
      • 8 Months Ago
      How much did this really cost? I would just let the thing finish rotting away. Land Rovers aren't worth it.
      SloopJohnB
      • 8 Months Ago
      How much does a chassis replacement cost? 48 hours x 2-3 men, x $100/hour....10-15k$ plus the frame cost?
        Bassracerx
        • 8 Months Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        shop labor time does not go by the number of people work on it. if it took "a weekend" that is 16-24 hours tops probably $150 an hour tho.
      svntsvn
      • 8 Months Ago
      I have heard of these guys here in Mass. Had a long time customer/aquaintence who used them. Great work. Sad part: 2004 Land Rover frame shot to hell from salt laden winters here in Ma. with Swiss cheese holes and rusted flakes for dinner. Why people are so attached to these new Rovers is beyond me. I can see early 90's and before beng saved, and potentially the new sport models.. But that's it.
        Christopher Winslow
        • 8 Months Ago
        @svntsvn
        Yeah I still miss my Series I Disco, its frame was starting to go, was thinking of a frame replacement. Then the engine started to go and I had to get rid of it. If I had the finances I would of got a frame and engine replacement. The final mileage when I got rid of her was just south of 170K.
      prez29
      • 8 Months Ago
      What incredible talent, knowledge, and confidence.
      Steve
      • 8 Months Ago
      wow that was impressive
      BigNorm Jackson
      • 8 Months Ago
      Would hate to see that bill... That was quality work, should have swapped the motor, trans, and rear end for something more modern... Thing a ford 5.0 would have been pure sex!!!
        Bert Reynolds
        • 8 Months Ago
        @BigNorm Jackson
        The word is 'think' BigNorm. 'Think'. Not 'thing'. They can't just throw a Ford 5.0 in it. It's not that easy. And the engine in that truck actually IS derived from the Ford 5.0 anyway. That's not a Land Rover engine in that truck, it's a Ford engine. Pure sex? Ain't no Ford engine like that. Pull your head out of your ass.
          Narom
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Bert Reynolds
          Sorry JJ but you'd also be wrong. The AJV8 has been used by Ford on many vehicles. Lincoln and Thunderbird to name just two. Oh and when you say built in house, did you mean in South Wales a the Ford Engine Plant? Because thats where it came from...
      Siva Kumar D
      • 8 Months Ago
      looks like, I'm the only one got misled by the title!!
        Narom
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Siva Kumar D
        To be honest i thought the same till i read the article, it was slightly misleading.
      AdamsH
      • 8 Months Ago
      Nice mislead title... I started watching this because I thought it was some sort of record... A 4 minute frame swap! I was like damn, which F1 team was doing this?
        AdamsH
        • 8 Months Ago
        @AdamsH
        Damnit mobile why would you correct misleading to mislead! Ugh how annoying
      Garret
      • 8 Months Ago
      The video was nice, but this wasn't all that special. Frame replacements happen all the time, we just recently replaced the frame on a 2005 Dodge Durango in two days with 3 guys working on it on and off (including stripping the donor frame). It's not terribly expensive either, insurance paid for the job after the frame was damaged in an accident.
      drpetvet
      • 8 Months Ago
      wow!! The roast was the best!! LOL
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