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#1 Old Oct 9th, 2005, 10:02 PM
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Lightbulb Make-shift car lift..

Would it be possible to build an in-expencive car lift, one that could bring up the car at least 3 or 4 feet?

One that you could just drive onto and crank up.. simmilar to a jack, but on a larger scale.

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#2 Old Oct 9th, 2005, 10:54 PM
diesel what??
 
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Make shift? that doesnt exactly sound safe
life isnt worth going cheap..

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The answer is no. Having a car that high in the air is not going to be safe for anything "inexpensive".

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it's cheaper to buy it already made than it would be to design something and build it yourself.

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Hmmm.. okay, thanks for your imput.

I thought the same thing, but I don't know too much about hydrolics, I was just wondering what you guys thought. =p

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Hydraulics is actually quite simple , but again, safety is always a concern.

As far as an inexpensive system, a pulley system would be the easiest way...but safety again and anchor points, safety line and what not...much more work then needed.

*light bulb*, Build ramps that reach that height ...

Just buy one, friend has one in his garage...is the best thing ever. makes things alot easier.

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build an old school pit to work in.

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^ i second that. dad's friend has one-works bitchin' good for cheap.
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build an old school pit to work in.
I agree dig a 3 foot hole in your backyard. Make sure it is skinnier than the car. next best would be ramps that lead onto cynder blocks at your desired height. But if you can afford it rent one.
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thats a good idea, however, the parents dont like the idea of a 3 foot hole in the back yard. so i was considering making a stand in welding class. before you say no, let me describe my plans. it would be 1 foot tall, the skids are 8 inches wide, and it would be long enough to get my mom's millenia up there (the millenia is longer than the sentra). i would use 1/4 inch plates for supports and im not sure what size for the skids. make some ramps at a 30 degree slope and i have a nice plave to do an oil change. i'll discuss it with my instructor and see how it goes.
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thats a good idea, however, the parents dont like the idea of a 3 foot hole in the back yard. so i was considering making a stand in welding class. before you say no, let me describe my plans. it would be 1 foot tall, the skids are 8 inches wide, and it would be long enough to get my mom's millenia up there (the millenia is longer than the sentra). i would use 1/4 inch plates for supports and im not sure what size for the skids. make some ramps at a 30 degree slope and i have a nice plave to do an oil change. i'll discuss it with my instructor and see how it goes.
are you talking about steal or aluminium. and if you are gonna use quarter inch plate make it L beams. and test it before getting under it. Be sure to test it for prolonged periods of time. Because though somethings might not break instantly given 2 hours of load or so they could easily break. But your best bet is not going cheap.
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for 1 ft of lift?

buy some cheap car ramps at wal mart.
buy a good jack and jackstands.

call it a day.

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buy some cheap car ramps at wal mart.
buy a good jack and jackstands.


^exactly what my instructor said. also said it would be way too heavy for movement and a lot of money in metal. so that idea is out.
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single post life (the nsx guy) F! that...u can see the pan flexing with the car up ...when it comes to a lift, buy one. I wouldn't mess with gravity, don't want my body crushed, my brain squashed

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