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Old 06-15-2006, 08:07 AM
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Moving cars

I seem to have gotten in a rut, where every car that I get to do body work on has no drive train. Since I work by myself, in my garage, this has become a real problem when it is time to move them out to clean and such. Moving them out isn't the real problem. Moving them in is a real pain, as there are 2 bumps to go over coming in. I have figured out a solution that may help others in the same position.

I went to Harbor Freight and purchased an electric winch, like they put on trucks and atvs. It was on sale for about $40, so it wasn't a big expense. That model came with a mounting plate for hooking on a trailer ball. I then drilled a hole in the concrete floor, using a 1" concrete drill bit, that I happen to have. I took a piece of pipe, that is 1/2" ID and cot slots in it for about 3/4" on one end, to allow it to expand. I drove the pipe into the hole in the concrete, as an anchor. I then took an old trailer ball and, using one of my favorite hammers, drove the ball into the pipe until it was flush with the floor. Since this trailer ball is only a couple of inches from the wall, it isn't in the way, but gives me someplace to hook the winch when I need it. The rest of the time, the winch is out of the way. I power the winch, since it is 12V, using a jump box, but a car battery will also work, and maybe better.

Just thought I would pass this on.

Aaron

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Old 06-15-2006, 08:17 AM
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Good idea

That is a good idea..We rigged one of those on a yard dog with a boom to lift and haul heavy stuff in the yard..

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Old 06-15-2006, 09:03 AM
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When I worked at home my driveway was sloped and impossible to push a car up by human power. I got one of those winches and did the exact same thing. I drilled a hole in the concrete and would only put the anchor bolt in when I had to use the winch, as it would have been a trip hazard otherwise. Worked great. I use one at my shop to drag the heavy stuff in even though the floor is level. I chain the winch to my 2 post lift for an anchor point.
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I get my wife to push while I steer.
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I get my wife to push while I steer.
SO how many nights a week do you sleep outside with the dog?
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A friend ask me to help push his car up a 7 percent incline a hundred feet to his shop. Told him I would but couldn't get there for a couple hours. When I finally got there the car was in the shop. He said he hooked his wifes cat on it. I said you mean the little kitty pulled that car there by himself? He said no, I helped. I swung the whip.
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SO how many nights a week do you sleep outside with the dog?

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Old 06-16-2006, 12:07 AM
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When we sold the cottage I removed the boat winch and mounted it in the shop. Works great for pulling anything I might need. I never thought of it before until OneMoreTime's comment but with a pulley mounted to a beam ceiling level I could use it to move bodies off frames and drop in engines.
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You need to get some of these Car Dollys good when you´re on flat ground.
Just need somewhere to hook up the cat or wife
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Car dollies are great if you have flat smooth concrete to roll the car on. Most that I have seen will have problems in a short time if the concrete isn't smooth, as it wears on the wheels. My problem is that I have 3 garage doors, and only 2 of them have concrete outside of them. The third one is where I do any painting at, so I have to be able to move the cars into and out of there for cleaning. The 14 HP riding mower moves them out great, but doesn't move them in very good, since I have no door on the other end. That's where the winch comes in.

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Old 06-19-2006, 07:59 AM
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I couldn't agree more about the smooth concrete thing

We had some of those car dollies one time. HF specials we had put better casters on so they rolled ok. We were rolling a 57 chevy out the front door of the shop when one of the dolly wheels got into the groove .. expansion joint at the doorway. It stopped the dolly while the car kept going. The front wheel rolled off the end of the dolly, flipping it up and jamming it edgewise into the bead of the fender. It pushed a real nice crease in a previously unmolested fender. It looked like someone hit it with an axe. Lucky thing it was on it's way to the paintshop instead of coming back.
Now when I move a car I use my forklift.
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Old 06-20-2006, 04:46 AM
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The last shop that I worked at got a set of those ones ( I believe they were called Go-Jacks) that you place around the wheels, then jack them up to move the car. They paid big bucks for them from one of the tool guys. They had to replace atleast one of the castors everytime they were used, as they would hang up on something. I think by the time we were done waisting time using them, and replacing the wheels, it would have been cheaper to use a wrecker.

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