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04-10-2011 06:22 AM
Originally Posted by ogre
did peanut oil work?
that is an excellent idea.
I was thinking the same thing....
04-09-2011 08:56 AM
Originally Posted by timothale
He filled his with peanut oil
did peanut oil work?
that is an excellent idea.
04-09-2011 08:30 AM
lift table

I got paid to take out a southworth 4 ft SQ sissor lift table, It only goes 4 ft high but is excellenat for working on a lot of projects, and ideal for the roadster body. I recessed it so it lowers to floor height, I welded a bunch of the mini slide in trailer hitches receiver tubing, some at 45 *, others square, I have a lot of tools bolted to a plate with the slide in hitch tube, Vise, Pipe vise, Mini sheet metal brake planishing hammer, bead roller , tubing roller. etc
04-09-2011 08:20 AM

When I lived in Calif we did a demo on a gas station that was only 10 years old. The city rezoned the property and the property was worth more when combined with the adjacent vacant lot. The thing to look for is where the air line hooks up. and be careful not to break any fittings, The City inspector was there to check for oil leaks and soil contamination. There were 2 lifts, My neighbor put his outside next to his garage and a new walk thru door. He filled his with peanut oil and kept the receipt so he wouldn't have any problems with soil contamination. a lot of tree huggers watch what you are doing, working on a car in the backyard, spilling oil in the dirt etc, etc. mosr cities in Calif would require a secondary containment in case of a leak. a concrete pit that can be inspected for leaks that the hoist is mounted in.
04-09-2011 06:28 AM
deadbodyman For doing body and paint work,those are the best kind of lifts you can get...very hard to find because eventually they all leak and are hard to repair.I wish I had another one..Its nice to sit in my office chair and replace rockers or do bodywork and paint the bottoms of cars....sitting down..
03-24-2011 06:37 PM
adamsautoadvice In-Ground post lifts are great for small spaces. For doing brakes, tires, and basic maintenace I actually prefer using them. They do have limitations for exhaust work and are not as safe as 2-post lifts with locks. If you service it right and make sure it has oil, you will be good.
03-19-2011 12:50 PM
Originally Posted by Sanctifier
Guess who has an appointment this week to contribute design suggestions?... and my last stop will be to beg for one for "peanuts." It will be perfect for my future ToyRoom at home.
I know this comment was made over 3 years ago, but it sill makes me smirk that I actually found a sign that reads "DAD'S TOY SHOP" on Freemont Street in Las Vegas. Just HAD to have it for my new garage.
03-18-2011 04:20 PM
59megawagon I painted the car in my garage. Black does suck to paint though. But it does look poured on???? I sold the Hearse a few months ago for $15,500 The lift works for everything I own.
03-18-2011 01:12 PM
ogre nice freaking wagon you have there, still have it?
03-17-2011 01:51 PM
59megawagon Here is a pic of my 62 Cadillac hearse on the single post lift. It works great.

12-09-2007 09:02 AM
F&J How old is it and is the ground water high? They do rust out in wet areas. See if it works OK first. They usually will jump erratically if they have a leak and the oil gets low.

I saw one get dug out years ago. Jackhammer at least 2 feet around if not more to loosen the soil around it as deep as you can. Then these guys unbolted the "lift head" and then used a backhoe to shake the cylinder from side-to-side for quite a while while pulling up.

I don't recall where the buried air pipe was located though

I will be looking for one next summer...I'm going to contact a guy who ran a business that remodeled gas stations and I'll bet he still has contacts for getting me one. I do mostly bodywork and I can't use a side-post lift.
12-09-2007 08:10 AM
How to remove???

Anyone have any good advice on removing a single pole lift from an old service station? What to look for & what to watch out for? We can have it for 0$ just have to get it out!

Going to look the situation over today and put together a game plan on digging it out. Already know how much fun the jack hammer will be.

11-08-2007 10:46 PM
montea looks like you can still buy these new
10-14-2007 03:44 PM
Sanctifier Yup... It never fails. Just when I thought my idea was the most brilliant one of the year.
I've been planning this for months. Tired of lying down under the car... getting up... and lying down again... ALL the time.
I lease a Gas-Station with two of these 1-post ol' timers installed. It's going to be rebuilt in about
6-8 months. Guess who has an appointment this week to contribute design suggestions?... and my last stop will be to beg for one for "peanuts." It will be perfect for my future ToyRoom at home.
Originally Posted by Kevin45
Not too handy for pullin' a tranny though. A 4 post is way better for that. And it's not too handy for exhaust pipes either.
Yup, that right... but all I want is the hoist. One can handle six tons easy. I'll make and mount an
H-frame drive-on ramp (in-floor "flush-mount" if possible) from 1/4" plate and channel/I-beam, with sliding jack-saddles at each end. The only hassle will be with exhausts and drive-shafts... and I can use the saddles to jack (or even use axle-stands on runways) for more clearance if needed.
Also want to include four pads as part of the saddles... (for different wheelbase/track widths) for "turning-circles" (alignment) or for corner-weight scales. It will take time... but worth it IMHO.

Beats paying over $2000 USD for a much lighter rated 4-post lift for my "too small" workshop. Then I'll have an EXTRA 24' x 17' Alignment/Service-bay... at home too. Works for me.
10-07-2007 03:21 PM
mopar34 Montea wrote :

I have never seen one of these before but then again im not that old
Yeah you must be a youngin'! Nearly all the garages back in the 50's - 70's had these. Only a few had twin posts or 4 post units back then. Being under one was a little unnerving at first, but like anything else you get use to it, which is good and bad.

These lifts and pits are nearly a thing of the past. Some places still build and use pits (our Wal Mart shop has one, as well as my neighbor's home garage). All lifts have some detrimental feature, nothing is perfect.
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