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04-05-2009 10:47 PM Body trolley
I needed a way to move the '59 Elky body around the garage. We are doing the body work and rust repairs (these late 50s, early 60s Chevies made LOTS of rust!) on the car hoist but need to be able to use the hoist for other stuff too.

Here are some photos of the rig I made out of common 2x4s and $5 Harbor Freight casters. Total cost was about $50. Advantage is that when the car is done I can knock the thing down and get rid of it as opposed to a welded steel one that would be permanent. Quite a bit cheaper too. Nailed together w/ my framing nail gun. We spent maybe an hour total including head scratching at the beginning.

Dimensions are 12" high, 8' long, 44" wide. This should fit most cars. The kick up in the rear is 13" to fit the Elky but could be made any height to fit any car. be sure to get hefty casters or they will collapse. Don't ask me how I know. These are rated @ 450# ea as I recall, w/ cast iron wheels and solid rubber tires.


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05-20-2008 07:44 PM Fisher Body Cars 8
Finally got the second car restored. These things are a lot of work even if just restoring them. Probably had ~200hrs on it the first time and ~25 hrs on it during the restoration.


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04-13-2007 07:47 PM Making cheater slicks 2
First photo shows the guides I made using duct tape. Very easy to follow and I got really straight grooves. The cut cord stays in the groove and pulls easily out when done.

Finished tire! NOTHING looks wickeder (is that a word?) than pie-crust slicks on Halibrand kidney bean mags.


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04-13-2007 07:43 PM Making cheater slicks 1
I bought a pair of new/old Inglewood 10" pie-crust recap slicks for my WIllys. Will only run them to rod runs and shows and use my Tork-Thrust mounted radials for daily driving. Regardless, they have to have a couple of grooves or they will be cop magnets ( my son just graduated from the California Highway Patrol academy so I have a built in cop watching what I do!).

I shopped around for someone to cut the grooves for me but found nothing. Finally I broke down and bought one of the DIY tire grooving tools you have seen advertised in JC Whitney and Popular Mechanics ads since time began. Photo 1 shows it.

Photo 2 shows the business end - a copper slug that is heated by a electrical resistance heater, like a soldering iron on steroids, and a bent razor blade cutter. The tool came with half a dozen blades that mount easily using the set screws in the photo.

Shot 3 shows work in progress. The silly thing really works! Each groove was ~5/16" deep and only took about 3min each. Was totally done well within half an hour. Not much to explain on using it - pretty self evident and runs itself.


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04-13-2007 07:33 PM My air compressor system 3
Be sure to anchor the pipes in a lot of places. This down-comer had to have a 1x4 that spans a couple studs to mount a clamp.

I brought two lines down the sides of the hoist for car work. I drilled holes for self-tapping sheet metal screws to hold the clamps. The stick into the tower so be sure they are located in a spot that won't interfere with the mechanism.

Final shot shows use of more 90s and pipe stubs to space the air fitting out form the hoist tower for easy access.


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