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hirot
Ian Hart
Ashbourne UK
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06/01/2011 05:15AM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB GT (conversion) Rover 3947 R380 gearbox

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Car lift
Posted by: hirot
Date: August 02, 2015 01:18PM

Not really sure where to post this....but I am looking for a low lift (ie 2-3ft) car lift to get under my MG and there seems to be lots of choices in the States but few in the UK. I have found a Sealey 2.5 ton hydraulic lift, model AVR2500A, which looks like it might work.
Does anyone know if they are any good or can suggest an alternative that will fit in a small garage, isn't too expensive and won't remove my exhaust when I drive over it.
Trolley jacks and axle stands are OK but hard work when you don't have much space.


britcars
Phil Ossinger
New Brunswick, Canada
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02/02/2009 07:58PM

Main British Car:
1977 MGB Roadster, Rover 3.5 ADVENTURE BEFORE DEMENTIA!

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Re: Car lift
Posted by: britcars
Date: August 02, 2015 10:05PM

Ian, here's a couple of options................one from the USA and another from the UK. Something similar could be a DIY project for a person with a welder.

[www.youtube.com]

[www.youtube.com]

[www.carlift-ramp-mr1.com]


hirot
Ian Hart
Ashbourne UK
(88 posts)

Registered:
06/01/2011 05:15AM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB GT (conversion) Rover 3947 R380 gearbox

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Re: Car lift
Posted by: hirot
Date: August 03, 2015 10:38AM

Phil, both ramp/lifts look very good my problem is storing them, other than always put the car on them.
I was hoping for something I could drive over and leave on the garage floor. The Sealey one looks ideal if it works OK and doesn't remove the spoiler/exhaust.
The ramps do at least look substantial.


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
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10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Car lift
Posted by: rficalora
Date: August 03, 2015 08:32PM

For folks with a lift like these, or with a 4-post lift, how convenient are they in practice? I had the opportunity to get a 4-post lift for cheap but decided to hold out for a 2 post to make suspension work easier. Now wondering whether there are operations that are easier on a 4-post.

Back on topic, did anyone get a picture of the 45 stand at the Skillman museum? If memory serves, it had a '60s Mustang GT250 or GT350 on it. I think if I needed a lift and had limited ceiling height, I'd build something that lifts like the linked ones above, but also tilts like that stand.


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5932 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Car lift
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: August 04, 2015 03:23PM

The 4 post lifts usually have an accessory bridge that lets you jack one or both ends of the car up from the center (made in various configurations) so you can do suspension work. You should ask Pete Mantell what he thinks, as I believe he has both.

That tilt frame was pretty slick. But it would have to be easier to load/unload before I would be interested.

Jim


mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
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10/17/2007 09:36PM

Main British Car:
1974.5 MGB/GT 3.9l Rover

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Re: Car lift
Posted by: mowog1
Date: August 04, 2015 08:54PM

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rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
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10/24/2007 02:46PM

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'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Car lift
Posted by: rficalora
Date: August 04, 2015 09:21PM

That's it. So, now imagine ramps like in the linked ones but also with the air bag tilt feature. If someone has limited ceiling height, I thi k it could ba a good option.

To Ian, could you recess the garage floor area where the lift is so it's flush when lowered? That would resolve the storage problem.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3946 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Car lift
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: August 04, 2015 09:26PM

I have some more pics of that lift I need to get off my phone.

Or just jack up one side really high & use bigger, stronger jack stands. ;)


hirot
Ian Hart
Ashbourne UK
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1971 MGB GT (conversion) Rover 3947 R380 gearbox

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Re: Car lift
Posted by: hirot
Date: August 06, 2015 01:15PM

What a lift. Suspect its not available over here and not cheap. Like the idea of it being on wheels.

Rob, my original starting point was a pit, however, I leave near a river, the water table is high and you only have to dig down a little way before you hit water so it wasn't an option. So going down for a lift would get a little complicated without relaying the whole floor.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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10/23/2007 11:32PM

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1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Car lift
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: August 06, 2015 02:23PM

It could double as a hot tub. ;)


hirot
Ian Hart
Ashbourne UK
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1971 MGB GT (conversion) Rover 3947 R380 gearbox

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Re: Car lift
Posted by: hirot
Date: August 07, 2015 01:25PM

Hadn't thought this one through. I guess I could rig the compressor up and get a jacussi.

Looked again at the sealey and it needs a tank with 200 litres I have only 50 so may be its back to long ramps.


hirot
Ian Hart
Ashbourne UK
(88 posts)

Registered:
06/01/2011 05:15AM

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1971 MGB GT (conversion) Rover 3947 R380 gearbox

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Re: Car lift
Posted by: hirot
Date: August 10, 2015 07:04AM

Looked again at Phils web addresses and found QuickJack Portable Lifts ( [www.quickjack.com] ), which look like they could easily fit in the garage and raise the car enough. Problem is not too sure how to position them to raise the car without removing a wheel which kind of defeats the object.
Any one used or seen them as I think I can get them in the UK.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/10/2015 07:06AM by hirot.


G.R.
G.R. Weltmer

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Re: Car lift
Posted by: G.R.
Date: October 14, 2015 06:22PM

You need to look at the Kwik-lift
It is a fantastic piece, very easy to work with. we use it non stop on my MGB GT as well as my sons corvette race car

They have been in business for some time and should be able to ship anywhere and be much cheaper then a hydraulic lift
kwik lift 1.jpg
kwik 5.jpg


HealeyRick
Rick Neville

(474 posts)

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12/19/2007 05:01PM

Main British Car:
1963 Austin-Healey 3000 Ford 5.0L

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Re: Car lift
Posted by: HealeyRick
Date: October 18, 2015 06:27PM

Here's a suggestion for a DIY lift that could be done inexpensively: [www.clubcobra.com]


Mickey Richaud
Mickey Richaud
Townsend TN
(182 posts)

Registered:
08/25/2015 06:36AM

Main British Car:
'03 Jaguar XK8 Jaguar 4.2

Re: Car lift
Posted by: Mickey Richaud
Date: October 19, 2015 04:19AM

X2 on the Kwik-Lift. I like mine.


Charles
Charles Long
McDonald, TN
(177 posts)

Registered:
09/15/2013 08:54AM

Main British Car:
1966 MGB V6 1994 Camaro 3.4L 60V6

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Re: Car lift
Posted by: Charles
Date: October 23, 2015 10:11PM

Mickey,
What would be wrong with this setup? It is light weight, portable, and will work with most cars or trucks. You would need a crub or a pot hole.


truck on sticks jpg.jpg


DiDueColpi
Fred Key
West coast - Canada
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Registered:
05/14/2010 03:06AM

Main British Car:
What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about?

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Re: Car lift
Posted by: DiDueColpi
Date: October 24, 2015 01:35AM

I dunow. Them 2x4's are gettin pretty expensive these days.


Mickey Richaud
Mickey Richaud
Townsend TN
(182 posts)

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08/25/2015 06:36AM

Main British Car:
'03 Jaguar XK8 Jaguar 4.2

Re: Car lift
Posted by: Mickey Richaud
Date: October 24, 2015 06:27AM

Charles -

Looks good to me.

'Cept I'd be a bit concerned about termites. Then you're talking pressure treated, and those are REALLY 'spensive!


Charles
Charles Long
McDonald, TN
(177 posts)

Registered:
09/15/2013 08:54AM

Main British Car:
1966 MGB V6 1994 Camaro 3.4L 60V6

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Re: Car lift
Posted by: Charles
Date: October 24, 2015 09:56PM

Ian, a car friend has a car lift that uses a hand drill to raise and lower the car. I think he said "EZcarLift.com". When not in use he stand aganist the wall.

I am spoiled I have a 2 post lift, it has some pros and cons just as the 4 post lifts.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Car lift
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: October 26, 2015 10:10AM

That would be pretty handy, Charles. I think they would sell a lot more of them at a lower price point, though.

[ezcarlift.com]
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