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Old 04-05-2009, 11:56 PM
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Easy to make body trolley

Here is a photo of the trolley we made to transport my grandson's project '59 Elky body around the shop. We are doing the body work on the car hoist so need to move the body out of the way when using the hoist for other cars. the thing was slammed together for about $50 using common 2x4s and $5 Harbor Freight casters. More pictures and build details are posted in my journal.


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I hope you at least used screws instead of nails,when those wheels run into an obstruction they'll stop very quickly and of coarse the car will want to keep going.There is conciderable weight going on there be carefull of your feet when you push I built one out of scrap with those wheels and built a second with air tires from HF
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Just used nails but w/ the diagonal bracing the thing is super stable. Only needs to last thru this build. Could add some 3" drywall screws if it gets wobbly but no indication of that and I have shoved the thing all over the place.
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I bought an industrial type 4ft wide conveyor 10ft long for $10
Welded some 8" casters to it and then welded a butchered 59 frame to the top.

Was actually pretty light.
For the 66 we removed the carcass frame and bolted a couple of risers for the rear and a couple of outriggers for the front.

I leave it with the bodyshop-----they use it for all kinds of things
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I just have a couple questions. How tall did you guys go? The pictures from willys, I'd say go about 16-18 to the top of the trolley. Looks about the same on the one from deadbodyman, until I see the body mounted on it. Then, it looks like you have 2 1/2-3 feet. How high can you safely go?


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Just used nails but w/ the diagonal bracing the thing is super stable. Only needs to last thru this build. Could add some 3" drywall screws if it gets wobbly but no indication of that and I have shoved the thing all over the place.
Using framing nails would be your best option. 3 1/2 inchers will stick out the other side of two 2x's and can be bent over for a nice lock. Plus nails are not going to break on you. Deck screws and drywall screws are quite brittle and shear quite easily. That is why they aren't used for framing. You won't shear a framing nail. Screws are nice for tacking things together and building in tight spots but not much else.
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As you can see this thingie puts us at ~ride height which is convenient. All serious work is done by transferring the bod to the car hoist so we have full access to over, under, and inside as required. Again, saves building a rotisserie ir fancy metal trolley that would only take up space and only be used VERY rarely. And 3 1/2" framing nails is what I used in my gun. Trust me, it is very stable.
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or mabee some carage bolts.I was very careful with mine till I was sure it was going to hold.I have around two feet of hight I used old chain link fence frame with the air tires.I imagine you could build it as high as you need it if you reinforce the corners, but be careful when you install the subframe and suspension ,the back gets very light and the front wheels will act as pivot points on a teeter totter,something to keep in mind
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or mabee some carage bolts.I was very careful with mine till I was sure it was going to hold.I have around two feet of hight I used old chain link fence frame with the air tires.I imagine you could build it as high as you need it if you reinforce the corners, but be careful when you install the subframe and suspension ,the back gets very light and the front wheels will act as pivot points on a teeter totter,something to keep in mind

Thanks! I've got a mobile base made of 2" square tubing and angle iron. The wheels are rated for 1100 lbs, and the whole frame measures 3' by just over 6'. I'll use 1" square welded and gusseted for the upright framework (I've got 30 sticks of it 33" long free...). One more question, then. How high would you recommend I go with that setup?


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Thanks! I've got a mobile base made of 2" square tubing and angle iron. The wheels are rated for 1100 lbs, and the whole frame measures 3' by just over 6'. I'll use 1" square welded and gusseted for the upright framework (I've got 30 sticks of it 33" long free...). One more question, then. How high would you recommend I go with that setup?


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If you sit on your creeper,what is the distance from the floor to the top of your head then add two inches,but thats just my opinion I've never built one like that but always thought I'd build the next one that way but the one I have the camero on seem just right for the 1/4 panel work,how about something ajustable?Now that would be cool........hymmmmm
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Adjustable? Hmmmm. I may have to do some serious thinking here. If anybody downwind smells something burning, well, you've been forewarned....


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Adjustable? Hmmmm. I may have to do some serious thinking here. If anybody downwind smells something burning, well, you've been forewarned....


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That's what the two post hoist is for!!!!!!
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hmmm,were going to need some bigger wheels
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Willys, I think you are going to find those HF casters are not going to cut it. Once you put some weight on them they will not roll very well.

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my HF air tires are really the way to go,they roll over nuts and other junk like the rusty crap that falls out every time you use a hammer.I think they were 7-10.00 and work much better than the other ones I used ,but I really like the two piece design of the one with the camero on it ,you can get under it with no trouble.the rails on the one with the air tires prevent ez access to underneath.Just some pros and cons Ive found that might be conciderd when building one.also that camero has been on that dollie for two years waiting for time to be spent on it and its been moved all around the shop for two years to so build them tough not pretty
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