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    Creeper collectors?

    So trips to Goodwill are a common thing for us and I am always keeping my eyes open for anything auto related.

    Ran across this thing a short time ago and for $3.99, I could not pass it up. The last thing I need is to start collecting any thing else - I am going to keep it for a conversation piece.

    From a little research, the Craftsman emblem seems to be from the mid-60s. Only blemish is a small hole in the headrest...and I love the all metal wheels.






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    It looks like my creeper, except for the Craftsman name/label. Then again, mine is from the mid-60s.
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    ROL-EZ -E Wheels! Because now you don't have to wait for the wife or kids to yank you out from under the car when it's time for lunch!
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    You could start a whole new venue of Shows , Imagine Creeper Shows , Want to guess what may show up ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jts359 View Post
    You could start a whole new venue of Shows , Imagine Creeper Shows , Want to guess what may show up ?
    Here's your chance to start your own "Non-Proffit"...

    Wonder what the IRS would do when you took a deduction for a contribution to the "CREEPY ROLLERS CLUB?"

    Look at the possibilities...CREEPY T-SHIRTS, COFFEE CUPS, BALL CAPS, KEY RINGS...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jclary View Post
    Look at the possibilities...CREEPY T-SHIRTS, COFFEE CUPS, BALL CAPS, KEY RINGS...
    Do you still have your Creepy Crawlers from the 1960's?

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    I have one just like it -- bought it new around 1967. Those all-metal wheels do not roll easy. Did some work last year at a friend's house with a Snap-On creeper. What a difference! My Sears creeper has been unused since then -- have just been crawling in and out on a piece of cardboard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skip Lackie View Post
    I have one just like it -- bought it new around 1967. Those all-metal wheels do not roll easy. Did some work last year at a friend's house with a Snap-On creeper. What a difference! My Sears creeper has been unused since then -- have just been crawling in an out on a piece of cardboard.
    Sounds like my story. My creeper looked looked just like that, but was a different brand. The laminated wood began to separate and we may have discarded it. The wheels would catch on any piece of grit or trash on the floor. I slide in and out on cardboard now.


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    Nice! My Dad's creeper is just like that one. I bought a Harbor Freight one but the old one's still around.
    Also there's some Creepy Crawler molds and hot plates around here somewhere from my sisters and my childhood days. And a couple of used boxed sets I found at a flea market too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 62champ View Post
    So trips to Goodwill are a common thing for us and I am always keeping my eyes open for anything auto related.

    Ran across this thing a short time ago and for $3.99, I could not pass it up. The last thing I need is to start collecting any thing else - I am going to keep it for a conversation piece.

    From a little research, the Craftsman emblem seems to be from the mid-60s. Only blemish is a small hole in the headrest...and I love the all metal wheels.

    I have a creeper from the '70s that is much more rare (but no where as nice as your Craftsman). I bought mine labeled as a Dart Drug creeper at a Dart Drug store in Northern Virginia. Dart Drug was a chain of stores in the Washington, DC area. They sold much more than just drugs. In fact, I bought several Studebaker and Avanti models at Dart back in the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jts359 View Post
    You could start a whole new venue of Shows , Imagine Creeper Shows , Want to guess what may show up ?
    Small block power, big and littles, oil change competitions - Count me in.

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    I have one like that my folks gave me on my 18th birthday in 1972. It was from my favorite FLAPS, Frankel's Auto parts, and had their logo painted on it. The lettering is hard to read now, just about worn off. They gave me a torque wrench, timing light and vacuum gauge the same day. The timing light finally quit working a few years ago, but I still have and use the rest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 52-fan View Post
    I slide in and out on cardboard now.
    When I worked at the gas station many years ago, we had a Pasquale creeper. Not sure whatever became of it after the station closed as I also use cardboard to lie on when working under a vehicle.

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    Yeah, cardboard for me as well. Just this weekend in fact putting an exhaust pipe back on I had to remove to get a driveshaft out/in. Creeper means I have to jack up the car another 3-4" to have the same working room as cardboard. Another downside for creepers IMO is lack of leverage and applying torque means the creeper starts moving unless I find someplace to brace against.

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    My neighbor was tossing out multiple 4'X8' sheets of black foam core years ago. They work excellent to slide on, cushion from the cold floor and smooth out surfaces (such as dirt/gravel). Not the cheapest to outright buy, but if you ever have access to foam core for free don't pass it up.
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    Jeepers Creeper!
    I had a customer in Altoona, PA who had a Snap-on creeper that was made of solid wooden slats and could be shortened or extended. He said the Snap-on region rep tried to buy it but it was not for sale. Speculation on vintage? Sadly, I did not take a photo.

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    Although it's available now & now (at least not yet) a collectable but interests me. It's a creeper that looks like a foam roller, kind of like a foam tank track, that rolls with you as you go under a car or whatever. I wonder how it would work for me with all the gravel outside of the 2 car garage here but it looks promising.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Warren Webb View Post
    Although it's available now & now (at least not yet) a collectable but interests me. It's a creeper that looks like a foam roller, kind of like a foam tank track, that rolls with you as you go under a car or whatever. I wonder how it would work for me with all the gravel outside of the 2 car garage here but it looks promising.
    I would think that you wouldn't be able to vary the direction of roll or change positions while under the car. Also, I would think that they can only travel a limited distance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 52-fan View Post
    Sounds like my story. My creeper looked looked just like that, but was a different brand. The laminated wood began to separate and we may have discarded it. The wheels would catch on any piece of grit or trash on the floor. I slide in and out on cardboard now.
    I prefer cardboard too.

    I have a homemade creeper that my grandfather built, probably in the 30s or 40s. The wheels are too tiny on it to work very well. It is just hanging there as garage art now.

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    Where is this going? Dateline 2050:

    All automotive creepers are now required to have airbag deployment. Therefore should a car happen to fall with a mechanic underneath the bag will detect and deploy protecting the person.

    Note, all "Enhanced" (prior the air bag was optional) 2045 or older creepers have been recalled. A deployment defect caused the creeper to spin wildly knocking down the jackstands and frequently killing the mechanic. If a loved one was killed in this manner see the attorney link* below.

    * Bailey F. Lee "Your automotive attorney" Did your metal wheeled creeper fail to roll over minor debris creating significant frustration? You may be entitled to compensation!
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