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Hey Jim, this is the owners synopsis:

 

"OK, time to come clean. Sort of like confession. I bought myself a second four post lift for Christmas. Kind of a Merry Christmas to me offset to the blue Tiffany box. I got it put together the Saturday before Christmas and after getting it adjusted and in position I couldn't wait to get a car on it and up in the air. At about the 10:30 that night the Red Car was loaded up and raised. I took it up, brought it down. Took it up again and brought it down again. Everything looked good, so I started taking it up to full elevation and that's when all h_ll broke loose.

 

The seal in the hydraulic cylinder failed and the whole car started coming down. The lift has safety guards for such a situation, and it sort of worked. The problem is that the drivers side rear was just high enough to catch to upper safety lock. The passenger side rear was enough lower that it came to rest 5" lower. The driver's front also settled on the lock 5" lower. By this time the whole lift was twisting and had become unstable. I was holding onto the front driver's side leg trying to keep a total collapse from occurring. Ultimately the passenger front locked in about 1.5' lower than the driver's rear. It was ugly. There was hydraulic fluid everywhere, I was holding onto the lift, my neighbor Ken was in shock, and the Red Car was about to go through the garage wall.

 

When all was said and done the whole mess stabilized, but barely. Each post was leaning about 20 degrees off of plumb and resting on only one corner of the base plate. I could have pushed it over with about 10lbs of force. Talk about a mess....I called My Pal Dave and MPD, my neighbor Ken and I quickly went to work. We secured the top of the posts using binder straps hooked to the ceiling bar joists. We also anchored a chain to the wall with Hilti anchors and secured straps between it and the bottom of the posts to keep them from kicking out. About 2:30am that morning I went to bed hoping that when I woke up the car would not be sticking through the garage wall.

 

Well I got up about 7:00am and the car was still standing. I called two fantastic neighbors over and we devised a plan of action. One of them had a good friend that runs the local All Crane branch. All Crane dispatched two of their best guys on a Sunday and they showed up with a 9000lb Fork Lift, a cube of crib timbers, chain hoists and a bunch of steel to bridge the bar joists. The other neighbor dispatched his best guy from the manufacturing facility he owns with more steel, chain falls and a service truck. Ultimately we secured the whole structure with chain falls, cribbed the rear of the lift solid, and used the fork lift to elevate and level the front of the car and lift. Once this was accomplished, we started lowering the whole thing 6" at a time. By 5:30 the car was on the ground and the only things damaged were my pride and pocket book."

 

BTW; although handy to move these lifts around, it's not a bad idea to beef up the floor with a pad footing and dynabolt/mungo/hilti the base plates of the lift to the pad footing, unless your hardstand concrete is an appropriate thickness and mpa then you should be able to fix directly to your existing floor. This goes for pallet racking too, unsecured pallet racking is a disaster waiting to happen.

 

Cheers...

 

...Mick

 

Thanks Mick, I'll be able to sleep tonight knowing the GTO survived it.

Jim

 

M code 71 Mach 1, 351 4V Cleveland, Ram Air (not factory), C6 Trans, 3.5 rear

 

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wow... that's a story... Thanks for sharing.

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1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/Ram Air, 408 stroker, 285/291 0.558" roller cam, Blue Thunder intake, TKO600, Hooker headers with electric cut-offs, FiTech EFI w/ RobBMC PowerSurge pump

Strange center section with Truetrac, 3.5 gear and 31 spline axles, 4-wheel disc brakes

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I had a similar issue with my pal's '98 Ram 2500 4x4 on one of the lifts at the Auto Hobby Shop. One of the safeties didn't disengage (passenger rear corner) as I was bringing it down and the whole thing started leaning - I'd gotten distracted by someone walking by asking where the restroom was, or something like that. I looked back and immediately stopped lowering it - I was lucky I'd only let it get about 1 foot lower, but it looked like it was ready to go over (probably not so much... but it SO didn't look good). The posts were a LOT bigger, and anchored to the floor with 1" bolts, through a 10" reinforced concrete floor (commercial building), and they didn't budge a bit, actually.

 

I was fortunate enough to be able to simply raise the lift back up, pass by the locked-up safety catch, unlock them all again, and bring the truck down without any further hassle.

 

I've noticed that when the platforms are settled down onto the safeties, they might not always disengage. My new rule of thumb is to raise the platforms past the 'safety clicks' where I want it, listen for all four to cycle, then lower the car back onto the safeties. When I'm ready to bring the car down, I raise the platforms back up until I hear them cycle again, disengage the safeties, then lower the car, checking all four corners for any hang-ups. So far, so good.

 

Just gotta be careful and keep your focus while operating it, as with anything. ::thumb::

Eric

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Today the roads were sufficiently dry to get the Mustang home from my garage I rent in a neighboring town and introduce it to its new habitat. It's pretty tight but I works just fine.

What a sight! Finally! :)

So I can start replacing suspension parts next week. :)

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awesome, congratulations!

In the picture, is it as high it can go? Are you planing on parking another car underneath?

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1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/Ram Air, 408 stroker, 285/291 0.558" roller cam, Blue Thunder intake, TKO600, Hooker headers with electric cut-offs, FiTech EFI w/ RobBMC PowerSurge pump

Strange center section with Truetrac, 3.5 gear and 31 spline axles, 4-wheel disc brakes

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sweet!

73 Grande H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

 

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awesome, congratulations!

In the picture, is it as high it can go? Are you planing on parking another car underneath?

 

No and yes. :)

You replied during the time I had problems uploading the second picture. It goes all the way up till the lift switches off.

I can stand under the ramps without hitting my head.

And yes, the other two cars will be in the garage too, so one will be parked underneath. That way it will be really worth it if the lift fails. :)

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Wow.... awesome! like a skyscraper!

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1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/Ram Air, 408 stroker, 285/291 0.558" roller cam, Blue Thunder intake, TKO600, Hooker headers with electric cut-offs, FiTech EFI w/ RobBMC PowerSurge pump

Strange center section with Truetrac, 3.5 gear and 31 spline axles, 4-wheel disc brakes

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If the lift fails, the car underneath will work to cushion the Mustang to keep it safe :) A sacrificial safety feature!!

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1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/Ram Air, 408 stroker, 285/291 0.558" roller cam, Blue Thunder intake, TKO600, Hooker headers with electric cut-offs, FiTech EFI w/ RobBMC PowerSurge pump

Strange center section with Truetrac, 3.5 gear and 31 spline axles, 4-wheel disc brakes

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You might be on to something there! :)

In that case I should park the wife's Alfa Romeo there instead of my VW Golf! :)

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The cushion is in place. :)

 

To reduce the risk of damaging the Mustang you should lower the lift closer to the other car.:P

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1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/Ram Air, 408 stroker, 285/291 0.558" roller cam, Blue Thunder intake, TKO600, Hooker headers with electric cut-offs, FiTech EFI w/ RobBMC PowerSurge pump

Strange center section with Truetrac, 3.5 gear and 31 spline axles, 4-wheel disc brakes

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Nice setup Mike. I need to get something like that.

-john

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351C 4V cc heads, 10.5 : 1 CR, 290 Herbert cam, Flat top forged pistons, forged connecting rods, Atomic efi,

C6 with Gear Vendor overdrive, 3.89 Tru Trac, Hooker Super Comp with 2 1/2" Pypes Exhaust.        

 

Some Mod pictures can be seen at: [button=http://www.7173mustangs.com/forum-garage?filterxt_uid=2026]Bojo's Garage[/button]

 

 

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