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How do you lift your car?
Posted by: davhamm ()
Date: August 25, 2009 07:58AM

Wondering how others lift their cars to work under them. Would like to be able to get the thing a couple feet in the air.

So what do you do? Any pics?


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Re: How do you lift your car?
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: August 25, 2009 08:03AM

Similar lift is approx. $1,000 at Harbor Freight

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Re: How do you lift your car?
Posted by: ubuck ()
Date: August 25, 2009 08:12AM

Most everybody uses jacks and ramps... Me, I prefer things at eye level. Similar to what Matt uses. Bend-Pak. Made in USA. Very safe and strong.

Brian
63 Monza Convertibile Sprint Clone
64 Monza Coupe Sprint Clone
65 Monza Convertible
66 Corsa Convertible
69 Grand Prix Model J
2004 SSR


South Holland, IL

Corsa/CCE



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Re: How do you lift your car?
Posted by: wcelliot ()
Date: August 25, 2009 08:36AM

I use my left hand to hold it up so that I can work underneath with my right. ;-)

Seriusly, when I work on a Corvair (a mostly theoretical idea these days) the bext lift I've used is a battery powered Strongman.

This is a French made forklift type lift (available in battery or 240V AC... the AC version is a lot faster but not as portable due to the cord) which is on wheels (and can also move the car when lifted).

They were really pricey when new but used ones routinely show up at $1000 or so...

Bill

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Re: How do you lift your car?
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: August 25, 2009 08:53AM

Two post Rotary-brand lift. I'm in it about $450 (used-a ridiculously low cost; $1000-1200 is more like it). Other than that I use a floor jack and tall jackstands.

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
60 Monza coupe (sold, sniff sniff)
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

+17 Tons of parts

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Re: How do you lift your car?
Posted by: wcelliot ()
Date: August 25, 2009 08:54AM

Photos (not mine)
[www.gt40s.com]

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Re: How do you lift your car?
Posted by: Darren ()
Date: August 25, 2009 09:11AM

Floor jack and jack stands

Darren
66 Monza SS Convertible
140HP 4 Speed
Colorado Springs, CO
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Re: How do you lift your car?
Posted by: Jim ()
Date: August 25, 2009 09:24AM

TODAY

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Re: How do you lift your car?
Posted by: Setterz54 ()
Date: August 25, 2009 10:49AM

I only use floor jacks and jack stands and an occasional smaller hydraulic jack.

Setterz54
Fulton,MD.

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Re: How do you lift your car?
Posted by: richard1 ()
Date: August 25, 2009 11:13AM

for a lot of things I just use one of my pits. The last power train removal was on stands.


For the suspensions and power train four of us lifted it onto a table.


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Re: How do you lift your car?
Posted by: art in va ()
Date: August 25, 2009 11:16AM

I use the ezcarlift, love it.

Art in VA
67 Sedan

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Re: How do you lift your car?
Posted by: MonzaDave ()
Date: August 25, 2009 11:26AM

Floor jack and jack stands, or . . .

Dave Keillor
Rochester, MN

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Re: How do you lift your car?
Posted by: davhamm ()
Date: August 25, 2009 12:11PM

Monza Dave,

That looks like a kwiky lift is it?


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Re: How do you lift your car?
Posted by: beguiled ()
Date: August 25, 2009 12:19PM

Floor jack and quality heavy duty jack stands works for me although I'd love a lift like ubucks.

Shawn S.
Charles City, Iowa
1962 Corvair Monza (Black with Red interior)
1963 Corvair Spyder (Red with Black interior)
Member of ICE (Iowa Corvair Enthusiasts)
63 Spyder_small

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Re: How do you lift your car?
Posted by: MonzaDave ()
Date: August 25, 2009 01:15PM

davhamm Wrote:
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> Monza Dave,
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> That looks like a kwiky lift is it?
Yes, it's a KwikLift [www.kwiklift.com]
I don't have headroom for a two post. The Kwiklift has it's advantages and disadvantages. For oil changes, lube, etc., it works great. For maximum access, I use jack stands (or a rotisserie for serious resto work). The EZ Lift also looks like it gives good access.

Dave Keillor
Rochester, MN

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Re: How do you lift your car?
Posted by: macavs ()
Date: August 25, 2009 04:39PM

I use a Challenger MR6 scissor lift. It is very similar if not identical to the Bend-Pac lift. Sadly as of spring 2008 there are no non communist assembled (Welded) lift platforms available exempt for Snap-On at $7000+. The motors hydraulics and cylinders on the Challenger and Bend-Pac are still domestic as far as I know.

If your going to work on cars get a lift sooner than later! It makes most tasks soooo much more enjoyable. Because of the second floor my garage only has a 9' ceiling but I am still able to get the Corvairs 53" off the ground!

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Re: How do you lift your car?
Posted by: 65 Crown Corsa ()
Date: August 25, 2009 06:00PM

I just take mine to work... ggg

Macavs, I love your lift!

My lift cost $800 used, but needed a cyl replaced a year or so later for $200 more. so $1000

Ed
65 Crown/Wills Corsa
WPB Florida



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/25/2009 06:03PM by 65 Crown Corsa.

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Re: How do you lift your car?
Posted by: VegasVair ()
Date: August 25, 2009 06:21PM

There was a group buy of EZcarLifts earlier this Summer that substantially cut the price.
A number of Corvair owners were involved.
That lift, which is sort of a scissors type, allows complete access to the underside of the car.
There is no scissor linkage in the middle to work around.
An electric drill is used to raise and lower the lift.
The lift is easily taken apart and could be transported to the races.
Go to ezcarlift.com for pictures.
Another group buy could be started.
I have no connection to the company.

65 Corsa 140/4 A/C convert.
CORSA+Vegas Vairs

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Re: How do you lift your car?
Posted by: George Evans ()
Date: August 25, 2009 06:34PM

Here's my method!

George

JST4KXS GeoV8Vair

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Re: How do you lift your car?
Posted by: BobJ ()
Date: August 25, 2009 06:45PM

40+ years of floor jack and jack stands. I do have a GM cradle for the jack. I now have a rotisserie for serious work.

That makes it so much easier to work on the underside! I can park my fat,
tired,senior citizen posterior on a stool and work away! My knees love it!

BobJ

Frostbite Falls, MN
CORSA since 72
62 Monza Sedan A/C with cloth bench seat option.
63 Spyder Convert
US Navy Vet

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