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Old 02-22-2010, 11:35 PM
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Body Dolly/ cart plans

bought another one- 33 Dodge Sedan. I just had hernia surgery, but still need to pick-up the body of car. I am looking for ideas to build a dolly that I can attach to body and roll onto trailer, and back into shop. I'm sure plenty of folks here have some don't do this, or this really works good. Any ideas would sure help this old fart out.
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There is a thread back on page 4, this section, titled "Home Made Tools that Work. Review it and you will find a couple of pictures of an over sized dolly that I built from scrap that has been used for years to wheel bodies, frames and other heavy parts in and out of the shop for sand blasting, painting, welding, etc. The big ticket items were the rear spindles/axles(?) from early 80s Mopar K cars, throw away spare tires and rims that most any salvage yard will give you just to get rid of them, and some square/rectangular tubing. The big plus of this dolly/cart is that the front axle can be turned 360* which let you turn it around in a space no larger than the length of the body or frame stored on it. One person can pull it around on near level ground easily and you can get underneath it to do work on the under side of the body/frame. If you are interested, I could provide more pictures.

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Body Dolly/ cart plans

small boat trailer works for me , if tongue to long you can shorten .
add a swivel caster at front and roll with ease .
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If I get out to the shop I can takepictures of mine , Made from 1x1x1/8 tube 4x4x1/8 plates and some c channel it holds up my 2800 pound firebird tub with the front subframe attached and I have moved the car 5 times on it ( right now Ihave the body tack welded to it for safety , the 4x 4 pads are to mount the casters ( from a snapon tool chest ) make 4 runner posts going up then mount 3" clips of c channel on them with the channel portion up to catch the body on ( I flipped mine over to weld the pinchwelds and sub frame too , then x brace the unit across the legs front to back and side to side andput a x brace in the middle going to all four corners , ( I added some gussets on the cross brace , and some straight tubes at the bottom of the x's to all four corners and I also added a peice of channel on the front bottom cross support to pull from ( dont pull from the top or it will flip ) it took me the betterpart of the day to make and about 100 dollars worth of materials , a company called autobody toolmart.com had one for $399 that could handle A pick up truck ( NOT there pick up bed dolly ) , you have to check there ads to see if they still stock them theres had pinchweld holders and kept the body around 36" up
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Here's the direct link to Tree's dolly which he mentioned above. And a picture:

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Also, here is a link to a pretty good discussion we had some time ago debating the pros and cons of various body dolly designs. It gets a tad heated along the way...but some very good observations about safety and durability along with pics of home made dollys.
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if your looking for the one I said , its champ part #4701 https://www.autobodytoolmart.com/cha...1-p-15204.aspx

I still like that homemade one made me look at the spare car parts pile and thinking ...as my wife will say Step back ,hes about to get dangerous hes thinking ..... again ....
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