My garage does not have enough room for a lift. I've been looking from something portable to get the car up enough to get all four wheels off and get underneath. I decided on the Quickjack BL-5000SLX. It stores easily against the wall in the garage and takes about 15 minutes to set up and get the car off the ground. I've only had it a couple of days but I'm pretty pleased with how it works.

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Dennis, that's nice, how high does it lift the car?

That set-up leaves the middle "open" which is where you need to work.

An old man who gets winded jacking a car wants to know!
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Originally posted by George P:
Dennis, that's nice, how high does it lift the car?

That set-up leaves the middle "open" which is where you need to work.

An old man who gets winded jacking a car wants to know!


Hi George,

Here are the dimensions. For the Pantera the jacking points in the front are closer to the ground than those at the rear, so I used the shorter blocks at the front jack points (dimension C) and the taller blocks at the back lift point (dimension D). The car is stable and level this way, but the back end cantilevers a bit because the Pantera lift points are so far forward of the rear axles. I will set jack stands as backup all around regardless before crawling underneath. You can never be too careful working under cars.

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My widebody would not fit on any of our car trailers due to the width. Our equipment trailer had the triangle ramps which supports the back of the trailer when you load heavy equipment.

So I made a set of ramps specifically for cars. They are also low for the low clearance. My plan is to build a triangle platform with a deck and make an oversized set of car ramps out of them.


Good find. I was considering getting a mid-rise scissor jack a couple of years ago but decided not to because of the obstruction in the middle and the difficulty of repositioning it the garage. If the car weren't drivable it seemed like repositioning would be very difficult. I need to be able to move the car to the center of the garage to work on it and then out of the way so my wife can park it

However, the max lift rise of the BL-5000SLX appears to be only 14.2" (17.2 - 3) assuming you fill the space between the lift and the lift points with spacers. That is about what I get with my jack stands. I currently have my Pantera resting on 6" casters mounted on 2 2x10" so I can move it around and then jack it up with floor jacks and lower it onto jack stands.

So I looked around a bit to see what else is available and found the "easy car lift":
http://ezcarlift.com/index.html
http://ezcarlift.com/ezcarlift_specifications.html

The max lift rise is around 21.5" (26 - 4.5"). There is an additional caster wheel kit that allows you move it around with the car on the lift (but lowered down so the car is about 16" off the ground). The individual lifts only weigh 55 lbs.

Currently they are having an anniversary sale and it's $1845, $250 off. Shipping is $150. The caster kit is an additional $250 but I'm pretty sure I can make a bracket to use with my current casters. The lift is driven my YOUR corded 7+ amp electric drill so if you don't have on, that's another $40 to $60+. The company is located in Santa Barbra which is a 90 mi drive for me so I may drive over to look it over before buying and save the shipping.

Here's a pretty good independent video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMIrpH4Prvk

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Hey sjdennis, oddly enough I just bought a 4-post lift. I barely had enough room but made it work by extending the rails on my garage door so that when it opens it goes to the ceiling which is 10ft in my garage.

I'm downtown Morgan Hill and just starting my Pantera build now and it's a jigsaw f pieces.
I don't have experience with this style of lift, but a few years ago I added a 4-post lift in my garage. Installation was little more involved since I needed more "headroom."

The roof was originally built with trusses. I hired an architect to create a plan that would allow me to open the center part of the ceiling in the garage. I also changed over to a wall-mount garage door opener which also allows the garage door to open within a few inches of the ceiling.

After doing my research, I opted to go with a BendPak 9000 lift and installed it myself with the help of a couple of friends. I am very pleased with it. Because I have kids in the house, my favorite feature is the pneumatic lock-out that prevents lowering the lift unless you have at least 30psi of air hooked up so you can actuate the emergency lock release. This also prevents the lift from just dropping if you were to lose hydraulics.
I've been meaning to get the "easy car lift" I mentioned (see page 1 of this thread). I just checked their website and they have a christmas special of $400 (they always seem to have a $200 of special going). I think I'll take the plunge as it seems perfect for my situation! Who knows, maybe I'll get ZONKEY up and running in 2017. Thats the goal!

http://ezcarlift.com/index.html

Richard

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