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  • Tool question - home garage lift? anyone have one?

    I have been looking at some of the ads in the back of the car rags,
    and they always have these lifts. Has anyone seriously looked into
    any of them, or even better, bought one? There are 4 legged electric
    ones, and one that rocks when you drive up on it.

    I was thinking that my 'rear' patio on the side yard would be a great
    place for one of these lifts, or in the garage until then.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=46299

    http://www.kwiklift.com/

    http://www.superlifts.com/s9f.html

    http://www.superlifts.com/sj7000.html

    http://www.doublepark.net/

    I am hoping to find one used, I found a few two post ones, but the
    downside to a two post is the doors open into the posts!

    Thanks guys!

    Tom

    PS : Yes Jeff I cross posted this. It's on the Impala site as well![:0]

    1963 Studebaker Avanti, 102,000, custom made brake brackets to mount 1998 Mustang GT 4 wheel disc brakes (soon to get 13" Cobra front brakes, 2003 Mustang Cobra 17" wheels, GM altenator, will be getting : 97 Camaro Z28 tan leather seats, 97 Camaro Z28 T-56 6-speed trans, Ported 'R3' style Avanti heads with stainless full flow valves, 'R3' 276 duration cam w/chrysler solid lifters, shortened push rods, aluminum cam gear, Edelbrock AFB Carb, GM HEI distributor, 8.8mm plug wires, waiting in the garage.

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    quote:Originally posted by sbca96

    I have been looking at some of the ads in the back of the car rags,
    and they always have these lifts. Has anyone seriously looked into
    any of them, or even better, bought one? There are 4 legged electric
    ones, and one that rocks when you drive up on it.

    I was thinking that my 'rear' patio on the side yard would be a great
    place for one of these lifts, or in the garage until then.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=46299

    http://www.kwiklift.com/

    http://www.superlifts.com/s9f.html

    http://www.superlifts.com/sj7000.html

    http://www.doublepark.net/

    I am hoping to find one used, I found a few two post ones, but the
    downside to a two post is the doors open into the posts!

    Thanks guys!

    Tom

    PS : Yes Jeff I cross posted this. It's on the Impala site as well![:0]

    1963 Studebaker Avanti, 102,000, custom made brake brackets to mount 1998 Mustang GT 4 wheel disc brakes (soon to get 13" Cobra front brakes, 2003 Mustang Cobra 17" wheels, GM altenator, will be getting : 97 Camaro Z28 tan leather seats, 97 Camaro Z28 T-56 6-speed trans, Ported 'R3' style Avanti heads with stainless full flow valves, 'R3' 276 duration cam w/chrysler solid lifters, shortened push rods, aluminum cam gear, Edelbrock AFB Carb, GM HEI distributor, 8.8mm plug wires, waiting in the garage.
    Once I get the floor poured in my new shop, I will be looking for one of these, most likely a 4-post job. Two-post lifts are OK for wheels-free jobs like brakes and suspension, but any one I've used allows the vehicle to rock in a fore-and-aft direction, sometimes to an alarming degree. And a slight error in the placement of the pads can cause severe damage or even result in the vehicle taking a dive. NOT a good idea for someone like myself who works alone. With a four-post lift, one can simply drive on it, and lift away. Much quicker for routine service, and hard to beat from a safety standpoint. I looked at a 4-post lift last weekend which had available hydraulic jacks which could be slung on the ramps and used to lift the wheels on one or both ends of the vehicle. Some other 4-post lifts have an arrangement whereby you can position fixed pads under the chassis, and then lower the ramps away to leave the wheels free.

    Another consideration: four post lifts are portable, and simply sit on the floor, without a need to be bolted down. AFAIK, two-post lifts must be securely bolted to the floor. Imagine a short-box pickup, box empty, set on one....

    Remember when it used to be a common sight in rural areas to see a pair of plank ramps extended out over a gully or hillside?

    Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands
    Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

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    • #3
      I do not own one....yet. After several years of saving, thinking, speaking with fellow car nuts, and considering my usage and the thickness of my barn floor, I have decided on a four post lift. I got opinions for and against both 2 and 4 post units.
      Anyway, I have decided on this one,
      http://www.asedeals.com/garage_lift.html
      I like the built in USA fact, and the free shipping offered by this company. They can be had cheaper, I have two friends with 4 post lifts made in China (I think) and they have held up just fine, and they payed about $1700.
      I am not getting any younger, the floor jack, jack stands, cardboard and knee pads work OK, but one of these units would be real nice on the ole body.
      Alas, I will not have it in time to install the Turner kit I got today[^] I cant wait[]

      Ross.
      Riverside, Ca.
      1957 Provincial X2
      1958 Transtar
      1961 Cruiser
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      Ross.
      Riverside, Ca.
      1957 Provincial X2
      1958 Transtar

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      • #4
        quote:Originally posted by Rosstude
        After several years of saving, thinking, speaking with fellow car nuts, and considering my usage and the thickness of my barn floor, I have decided on a four post lift.
        Thats been another reason why the 4 post seems the better route, my
        garage floor is maybe 4 to 5 inches thick, thats not going to hold
        that much weight all focused in one 10 inch wide spot. You figure
        its about 1500 pounds for the lift, then 4000 for the car .. ouch!
        The link you posted is pretty nice, none of them seem to list their
        current price, they want you on the phone - that bugs me.

        quote:I am not getting any younger, the floor jack, jack stands, cardboard and knee pads work OK, but one of these units would be real nice on the ole body.
        Alas, I will not have it in time to install the Turner kit I got today[^] I cant wait[]
        I hear yah on the pains in the body, I am "only" 36 years old, but the
        back pain is common in my genes. I have dealt with that all my life,
        so after a BIG job, I am in serious pain. Good luck with that Turner
        brake setup - do me a favor and DONT throw out your hubs, next time I
        am down in LA, I will stop by and pick them up. I hope you dont mind
        glowing red hot metal rings!![:0]

        Thanks guys for your input .. I am still figuring out how I can afford
        one of these lifts. Think they might trade for an IROC?

        Tom
        '63 Avanti R1, '03 Mustang Cobra 13" front disc/98 GT rear brakes, 03 Cobra 17" wheels, GM alt, 97 Z28 leather seats, TKO 5-spd, Ported heads w/SST full flow valves.
        Check out my disc brake adapters to install 1994-2004 Mustang disc brakes on your Studebaker!!
        http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...bracket-update
        I have also written many TECH how to articles, do a search for my Forum name to find them

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        • #5
          Tom,
          Rotary sells a twin post lift that is asymetrical(sp) that allows you open the doors when it's on the lift. Weight ratings are 7K and 9K and most of these type lifts can be mounted on your thickness of concrete. IMHO the "drive up on lifts" causes more work for you to do a brake job. Plus the "4-posters" take up much more space. I've have a twin-post Rotary in may shop for years, and I wouldn't do this kind of work without it. Sure does save that ole' back.
          Dan Miller

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          • #6
            Please correct me if I'm wrong, I've seen ads that show one of those four post lifts with a frame lift attachment. I think it was Garage Lift or something like that... I've always wanted one of those (this is where I drool copiously[]). And as previously mentioned, they're portable. Though an installation on the side of one's house, visible from the street may be a problem. Your neighbors and the local zoning board might have a problem with it.

            Lotsa Larks!
            K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
            Ron Smith
            Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
            K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
            Ron Smith
            Where the heck is Fawn Lodge, CA?

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            • #7
              quote:Originally posted by studeclunker
              Please correct me if I'm wrong, I've seen ads that show one of those four post lifts with a frame lift attachment. I think it was Garage Lift or something like that... I've always wanted one of those (this is where I drool copiously[]). And as previously mentioned, they're portable. Though an installation on the side of one's house, visible from the street may be a problem. Your neighbors and the local zoning board might have a problem with it
              Yes .. the 4 post ones have an option for one or two sliding jacks
              which can lift the car off the rails - like an alignment rack. I like
              this setup for the balance, though the weight/cost is greater then a
              2 post. I like the 4 post because you can inspect the car while it
              sits at ride height, where with the suspension hanging .. you cant!

              As far as the zoning/visible ... here is where it would go :







              As you can see .. its on the side of the house, but behind the garage,
              so its not really visible, other then to my next door neighbor. I have
              the garage door up, but need to finish the tracks. Then I cut the
              hole and put up the finishing boards.

              FYI for the eagle eyes, yes thats a pass side Hawk fender, the stack
              of tires are for a '95 Caprice 9C1.

              Tom
              '63 Avanti R1, '03 Mustang Cobra 13" front disc/98 GT rear brakes, 03 Cobra 17" wheels, GM alt, 97 Z28 leather seats, TKO 5-spd, Ported heads w/SST full flow valves.
              Check out my disc brake adapters to install 1994-2004 Mustang disc brakes on your Studebaker!!
              http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...bracket-update
              I have also written many TECH how to articles, do a search for my Forum name to find them

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              • #8
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                Ross.
                Riverside, Ca.
                1957 Provincial X2
                1958 Transtar

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                • #9
                  Cytech's Double Park is made here in Wichita, and I know several guys who have bought and are enjoying them. They all have mentioned the robust construction and ease of use. As long as the ceiling is high enough in the garage you should have no problem with installation.
                  The only difference between death and taxes is that death does not grow worse every time Congress convenes. - Will Rogers

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                  • #10
                    Anyone tried these portable scissor lifts?
                    http://eagleequip.com/page/EE/PROD/LI-LM/MD-6XP
                    "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

                    Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
                    Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
                    sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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                    • #11
                      quote:Originally posted by Rosstude
                      I will save the hubs, I see other Studes in my future, and in my driveway for that matter, and besides, I never throw anything away.
                      I love red hot steel.
                      Thats good, I fear that too many people are throwing them out when the
                      swap is made to the Turner brakes. I NEED those hubs for my awesome
                      13" two piston caliper Cobra brake setup I designed. I fear heating
                      metal up like that, I also hate torches.

                      quote:Originally posted by rockne10

                      Anyone tried these portable scissor lifts?
                      http://eagleequip.com/page/EE/PROD/LI-LM/MD-6XP
                      I saw those .. the upside is that it leaves the wheels dangling and
                      easy to work on, the downside is it covers up everything UNDER the
                      car that you might want to get to, trans, drive shaft, exhaust, etc.

                      Tom
                      '63 Avanti R1, '03 Mustang Cobra 13" front disc/98 GT rear brakes, 03 Cobra 17" wheels, GM alt, 97 Z28 leather seats, TKO 5-spd, Ported heads w/SST full flow valves.
                      Check out my disc brake adapters to install 1994-2004 Mustang disc brakes on your Studebaker!!
                      http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...bracket-update
                      I have also written many TECH how to articles, do a search for my Forum name to find them

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                      • #12
                        I have a friend that bought a 4 post lift, about a year ago, now he doesn't know how he accomplished anything without it. Plus he bought the full oil drip trays and doubles up on his car storage with one up and one down.

                        Studebaker Fever
                        60 Lark
                        51 Champion
                        Phil

                        Studebaker Fever
                        60 Lark
                        56 Power Hawk
                        Phil Hendrickson
                        Arnold, Missouri

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                        • #13
                          quote:Originally posted by 60Lark

                          I have a friend that bought a 4 post lift, about a year ago, now he doesn't know how he accomplished anything without it.
                          Thats how I feel about my Harbor Freight Shop Press!

                          Tom
                          '63 Avanti R1, '03 Mustang Cobra 13" front disc/98 GT rear brakes, 03 Cobra 17" wheels, GM alt, 97 Z28 leather seats, TKO 5-spd, Ported heads w/SST full flow valves.
                          Check out my disc brake adapters to install 1994-2004 Mustang disc brakes on your Studebaker!!
                          http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...bracket-update
                          I have also written many TECH how to articles, do a search for my Forum name to find them

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                          • #14
                            Hello all, I have just purcsahed a two post from Greg Smith Equipment, in Indianapolis Indiana. I have also just poured my new shop floor at 5 inches thick where the posts need to sit.. I was told that this was pleanty enough to support the lift and car combo. You can enter the greg smith info into google and you'll find the site..very good pricing... I'll let you guys know how it turns out..

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                            • #15
                              A good friend of mine and a fellow club member installed a Back Yard Buddy in his garage. He told me that he investigated a bunch of these lifts and the Backyard Buddy is by far the best one. Very strong and steady. He feels safe and confident working under the car.
                              Just food for thought.
                              Rog
                              '59 Lark Regal Hardtop
                              '59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
                              Smithtown,NY
                              Recording Secretary, Long Island Studebaker Club

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