There's a 57 chev hardtop I will be painting, the owner pulled the body off of the frame without adding any bracing. Just curous if anyone here has been in this situation and what they've run into as far as distortions etc... I'm sure it was lifted from both ends when it came off, he had the shell setting on a trailer with it supported front, center, and rear for about a year. I seen the car when it was together and panel fit wasn't too good but probably within factory spec. The car has some good waves above each rear wheel opening but has absolutely no evidence of any rear impact damage, not sure what they did to cause this. The last 50's chev I was involved with was a 58 convert and it was braced up well when the body came off of the frame. I think my only course of action is to support it well and fit all the panels to confirm then brace it up well before it goes on the rotissery-still there might be a chance things might change when it goes back on the frame.