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 Post subject: Show us your trolleys...
PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:44 am 
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Well I have owned Mini since I was 14 and I am now 46 so this problem clearly isn't going to go away.
What trolleys have you guys 'invented' to work on your restorations.
I want something that is simple, that will elevate the floor pan of the car to about 600mm from the ground and still allows unhindered access to install subframe assemblies, fit an exhaust, brake lines, handbrake cables etc. Oh and preferably on wheels.
Any photos, plans or even offers of ones you wish to sell please let me know.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 7:56 am 
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I've used an old pallet thunder bolted through the floor balanced on four car ramps. In general jack stands have been easier :-)


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:04 am 
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Location: Oop North where it's dark & cold nearly all the time.
Unfortunately "someone" who shall remain nameless chopped the trolley in mu garage up so it would fit a 1300 :D

It was however, his trolley.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:42 am 
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mk1 wrote:
Unfortunately "someone" who shall remain nameless chopped the trolley in mu garage up so it would fit a 1300 :D

It was however, his trolley.


it made it a better trolley as well! :lol:

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:10 am 
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Old supermarket trolleys are remarkably versatile and adapt easily to all sorts of applications................. They're quite tall and............ Don't think that I am putting ideas into your head though.........


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:21 am 
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I am currently using an engine stand modified to fit a subframe, it allows it to be rotated with care and is very stable.
However as my roto jig is in use on another project (HDK 443E) if am wondering if a cheap alternative for KDK 320F would be 2 engine stands, one at each end of the shell either attached to the bumper flanges or with a scaffold pole through the rotodip holes (the stands would need a cut and shut mod in the latter case to make the tube holder horizontal)
These engine stands are remarkably cheap here http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Quality-Rocwo ... SwU8hY7J6R
at around £30.00 each new, less for 2nd hand ones and take about 350kg each, quite compact and have wheels. The height clearance would allow a shell to be rotated with care.

Just sharing my thoughts. ;)

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:38 am 
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I've a friend that uses two engine stands for an Imp rotisserie.
Never looked in detail, but I assume you'd need to extend their height if you wanted them to allow the shell to rotate over?


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:45 pm 
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GraemeC wrote:
I've a friend that uses two engine stands for an Imp rotisserie.
Never looked in detail, but I assume you'd need to extend their height if you wanted them to allow the shell to rotate over?


The single one I have measured would just allow a mini shell to rotate Trevor

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:56 pm 
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Thanks folks. I can vouch for the 2 engine stands and a scaffold pole working a treat as another forum member uses exactly that (and he has the best trolley I have ever seen! )
I am really looking for something that is wheeled, low enough to get under a Mini and bring it to a working height of approx 600mm which will allow me to refit a bare shell. Wishful thinking???
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:03 pm 
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Stick it on a pallet then use something like this

https://www.liftruck.co.uk/shop/pallet- ... gKHMfD_BwE


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