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Lakeroadster
05-29-2014, 08:51 PM
A fella on another site was asking about how to get his truck up in the air to do some under cab structural welding. I posted the following and wanted to share it here with you all also.

About 15 years ago I got tired of working on my back under a car, with my chest rubbing the floor pan. After we built a deck at our home we had a bunch of 2x6 lumber scraps left over. I also had a bunch of plywood pieces left over from building a loft in our barn... here's what I made:

This photo shows the first stage of the lift boxes... another stage is used to lift the vehicle up even more:
http://i645.photobucket.com/albums/uu176/lakeroadster/Shop%20Photos/2%20Post%20Lift/Nolift.jpg (http://s645.photobucket.com/user/lakeroadster/media/Shop%20Photos/2%20Post%20Lift/Nolift.jpg.html)

This photo shows half of the supports...
http://i645.photobucket.com/albums/uu176/lakeroadster/Shop%20Photos/2%20Post%20Lift/DSCF1639_zpsee6b148e.jpg (http://s645.photobucket.com/user/lakeroadster/media/Shop%20Photos/2%20Post%20Lift/DSCF1639_zpsee6b148e.jpg.html)

http://i645.photobucket.com/albums/uu176/lakeroadster/Shop%20Photos/2%20Post%20Lift/DSCF1641_zpsd612d632.jpg (http://s645.photobucket.com/user/lakeroadster/media/Shop%20Photos/2%20Post%20Lift/DSCF1641_zpsd612d632.jpg.html)

These are "Hell for Stout"... the 2 x 6's are supported by the plywood and the entire dealio is screwed together with deck screws:
http://i645.photobucket.com/albums/uu176/lakeroadster/Shop%20Photos/2%20Post%20Lift/DSCF1642_zpsc28447ab.jpg (http://s645.photobucket.com/user/lakeroadster/media/Shop%20Photos/2%20Post%20Lift/DSCF1642_zpsc28447ab.jpg.html)

Lifting is accomplished using a large floor jack that has about a 30 inch lift.

http://i645.photobucket.com/albums/uu176/lakeroadster/Shop%20Photos/2%20Post%20Lift/DSCF1645_zpsfd5d6eec.jpg (http://s645.photobucket.com/user/lakeroadster/media/Shop%20Photos/2%20Post%20Lift/DSCF1645_zpsfd5d6eec.jpg.html)

I now have a Rotary 2 post lift... but the boxes still come in handy.

Hope you find this as useful information. :wave2:

John

64tonka
05-29-2014, 11:58 PM
hey it works, my car trailer has an open center and I have used it to work on the bottom side of my 57 before, nice 69 by the way.

Lakeroadster
05-30-2014, 08:39 AM
Thanks.. the Camaro is quite the grin machine. We took it to the bank, the local liquor store and Home Depot yesterday and got mobbed at 2 out of the 3 stops. :popworm:

When it comes to undercar maintenance this is no doubt the easier method :LOOKDOWN:
http://i645.photobucket.com/albums/uu176/lakeroadster/1969%20Chevrolet%20Camaro%20SS/SlappersampSprings1_zps25baeab8.jpg (http://s645.photobucket.com/user/lakeroadster/media/1969%20Chevrolet%20Camaro%20SS/SlappersampSprings1_zps25baeab8.jpg.html)

but back in the day I had more pieces parts available to be innovative with than I had money. Also didn't have a workshop tall enough for a lift.

Now that I am retired, pinching pennies is again a way of life. :cool:

Az Geezer
05-30-2014, 09:31 AM
Our goal, way back when we were in our 30's, was to decide where we want to live, retire, and have fun. We lived in the Chicago suburbs at the time. I hated the fact that every day off work involved, mowing grass, shoveling snow, or it was raining. We looked at Florida, but the DAY we drove in to Tucson, we knew this was it. Eventually, we found the 5 acres we are on now, and procedded to get everything set up. Shop, garage, lift, all the tools I could use, and some I still can't do well. The shop has heat, AC, hot and cold running water, satellite TV, powdercoating oven, washer, dryer (for my shop rags). We're about as set as we can be, and are now thinking seriously about retiring and enjoy what we've set up. Yes, we'll be watching every penny, too. I think it will be fun, probably flip a few cars, truck a year along the way.

Lakeroadster
05-30-2014, 03:17 PM
We're... now thinking seriously about retiring and enjoy what we've set up.

Do it Bill. Most folks wait too long. My dad and grandfather both retired early in life, I followed suit. Since I made a living sitting at a desk I figure if our finances don't work out I can always go back and sit at a desk when I'm 80. 'till then, **** the torpedo's!

Az Geezer
05-30-2014, 04:45 PM
With our health issues, we won't see 80. Heck, I'm already the oldest living male in our family.........got my Dad beat by over 2 years. Psst..the business is for sale as we speak......and there is a little interest out there.

BAGGED70C-10
05-30-2014, 05:15 PM
LOL, I love it John.
There's nothing like the ability of a Gearhead to improvise in time of need!
It's especially done when there's little or no money..

I see the 2X6"s is the Ply 3/4" Them baby's just have to be heavy.

BAGGED70C-10
05-30-2014, 05:17 PM
Being on this subject, How many of Y'all remember the old outside ramps. We had one on the Ranch when I was a little guy. I used to climb it and jump off..

Lakeroadster
05-30-2014, 07:13 PM
I see the 2X6"s is the Ply 3/4" Them baby's just have to be heavy.

Oh yeah, they are heavy.... but then again every thing I build is "Hell For Stout"

:grin:

Being on this subject, How many of Y'all remember the old outside ramps. We had one on the Ranch when I was a little guy. I used to climb it and jump off..

We had a dirt bank pit at my Grandfathers. Basically a hill with a slot cut into it, with concrete walls. You drove your vehicle over it and then walked underneath to change oil, clutches, driveshafts, etc.

Tell us what you mean by outside ramps?

BAGGED70C-10
05-31-2014, 03:01 AM
Close to the same, We had a long set of Monstrous ramps That my Dad drove up on to a deck built with Heavy Wood above his head. Basically a platform I guess. Then the center was open .

Lakeroadster
05-31-2014, 08:36 AM
Hmmm, sounds like another good mini bike ramp :yes:

LostMy65
07-23-2014, 09:42 AM
Hey, mister engineering mind....
What do you think about an X down the center? Like they do with Waterbed frames.
Over the years have you reworked these car blocks in your mind to perhaps lighten them some?

Lakeroadster
07-23-2014, 05:45 PM
Hey, mister engineering mind....
What do you think about an X down the center? Like they do with Waterbed frames.
Over the years have you reworked these car blocks in your mind to perhaps lighten them some?

If I were to design these from scratch there is no doubt they would be much different, and likely made from formed steel, not wood.

The design result was an exercise in using what you have available. I had a bunch of pressure treated 2" x 6" scraps and deck screws left over from building a deck and scraps of T-111 siding from building my shop.... rather than burn it as campfire fuel I made the lift boxes.

The only rework was using a hole saw to make holes in the ends for lifting. Having them heavy helps with their stability too.