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Need ideas to move / re-position vehicle

Brain picking time...

I'm going out to California in a month to do some major brake & suspension work to my pickup. It's stored at my dad's house.

The problem is that where it's parked, there is very little room to work on it. It's between an 8' wall, & the side of the house. There is less than 12" clearance at the wall, & about 36" from the house. There is also an old shed behind it.

This wasn't really a problem before, as I would just jack it up & crawl under it, which is what I've been doing the last couple of years. But the last time I got under it, I got bit by some type of spider. When I started looking around under the truck, I noticed lots of spiders - including black widows, & evidence of rats too. Keep in mind, this truck has not moved from it's current location in 25 years.



I really don't want to get bit again. I'd like to at least move it out from it's current location so I don't feel trapped if I need to get out quickly.

Here is the main problem:
It's on top of a steep driveway, & the street is also on a grade. If I roll it out, there will be no way to stop it (This almost happened). It will smash into the house across the street. There's no brakes on it.

I need to figure out a way to safely move it out when I work on it, then return it back to it's current location. I have a couple ideas using a winch, but I'd like to get some input from you guys.

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Old 11-16-2011, 06:31 PM
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Does the house across the street have a big covered front porch?http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/newr...e=1&p=1490649#
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You could rent a tow dolly or have a tow truck move it to a level area where you can fix the brakes. After that you could just use a tow strap, or push it.

Hope this helps....
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I thought of a tow truck, but putting it back behind the gate will be a problem. Even if I get the brakes fixed, the driveway is too steep to push it back up. I will need to pull the truck out several times before it will be able to do it on its own.

Do they sell winches that will allow a slow & controlled extension in addition to the normal pull-in? It needs to extend at least 30'
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Electric winches are capable of slow, controlled extension, but manual winches - not so much.
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I'm thinking about getting some concrete drill bits & installing some threaded inserts into the driveway, say 15' apart & install a removable eye. I could winch down the truck & change the winch tie down location if I needed to.

Who sells these type of winches?

I was looking at these - the 35' version

manual winch

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or this

electric winch

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I Use a chain with a length of 2 1/2" pipe over it. Fasten under the truck and tow vehicle. pull truck out. Pipe will hold against tow vehicle. Then push truck back into position. I've moved many vehicles this way..
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I Use a chain with a length of 2 1/2" pipe over it. Fasten under the truck and tow vehicle. pull truck out. Pipe will hold against tow vehicle. Then push truck back into position. I've moved many vehicles this way..
That's a good idea on pulling, but it will be tough to push it back up the drive
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Trade you your spiders, for my snakes. Could you could fasten a block behind truck and run cable or rope to the front from the block and control it that way?I mean you would be able to stop it easy, and put it back just as easily just so long as the block was very securely mounted to concrete or whatever probably to complex but well just an idea. covered patio across street sounds like a viable idea.

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Simply attach tow bar to truck; pull it out(the tow vehicle will hold it in place when working on it; then back in when finished. keep the tow bar attached to the truck for future work.
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No reason why you can't use a drive on car lift like one of these: http://www.kwiklift.com/features-all.htm

Just use a come-a-long or 12 volt winch to move it on or off the drive on ramps. This will allow you to get under the vehicle and do your brakes, etc.

Check out the possibilities: http://www.kwiklift.com/Brochure/KwikLift.pdf

I built my own drive on lift years ago and it works for me. Pic below.
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Simply attach tow bar to truck; pull it out(the tow vehicle will hold it in place when working on it; then back in when finished. keep the tow bar attached to the truck for future work.
I think that is a heck of an idea! The come-a-long with a anchor in the concrete is good too but using a tow bar and another car is the way to go if you ask me.

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Need to move

Just because you are going to move the truck, doesn't mean the spiders will be glad to see you go. they are going to move right along with you. Before I put my hand under that truck to hook anything up, I would go down to the hardware store and get one of those big spray cans, the ones with the hose and pumper on top for pressure, then I would spray under that truck until it floats, with spray to kill spiders. At this point you might know I don't care for spiders.

The other guys have good ways to move it, me I'm just keeping you from getting bit.

Bob
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Just because you are going to move the truck, doesn't mean the spiders will be glad to see you go. they are going to move right along with you. Before I put my hand under that truck to hook anything up, I would go down to the hardware store and get one of those big spray cans, the ones with the hose and pumper on top for pressure, then I would spray under that truck until it floats, with spray to kill spiders. At this point you might know I don't care for spiders.

The other guys have good ways to move it, me I'm just keeping you from getting bit.

Bob
Agree with that!!!!
I would go as far as hanging plastic all around to completely enclose the vehicle, roll the windows down, open the hood and set off like 4-5 of those Black Flag foggers.
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