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Dr Tweak
12-14-2005, 05:01 AM
This is dlux4life's car that most of you are probably familiar with what's going on with his mechanic. Assuming that the work isn't done by Friday (which it won't be) I'm supposed to go get the car. Normally not a problem, I just pull the front bumper off and load it up on the dolly. The trouble is, his front bumper (shogun kit) has been molded to the car, so it's not coming off. The car has been lowered 2.5 inches, so there's no way it'll clear the dolly when loading, and we don't want to mash up the bumper!

Any ideas? :(

And don't say "Buy a real trailer" because I'm working up to it! :D

TheNefariousOne
12-14-2005, 05:08 AM
Maybe try a gradual incline using some wood? I dunno, thats a toughie. Theres no way to get a jack of any kind underneath it is there?

Good luck. :/

TNO

Morwan
12-14-2005, 05:56 AM
Can you jack it up the front, and then move the dolly under the car, and then lower it onto the dolly? I'm not entirely sure what a dolly looks like, though.. >_>

3sgte@daspeedof
12-14-2005, 05:57 AM
As I see it you have two options, the second one is under one given assumption, so don't flame me.

use some planks of wood on an incline up to the tow dolly. Or if there is curb leave the dolly on the edge of the curb, and roll it on.

:shush: :shush: :shush: :shush: :shush: :shush: I know that means that the street would have to have a slightly lower level then the driveway/laneway:shush: :shush: :shush: :shush: :shush:

Murgatroy
12-14-2005, 07:00 AM
Curb or hill is about your only option. Dollies suck about this.

One way would be to jack the front up, set it on some jackstands on the center brace or farther back so the dolly won't interfere, strap it down/lower it as needed till you can remove the stands.

I am glad to see his car going to the community. Tweak, you continue to impress me. At least now he will have an experience mechanic that cares taking care of matters.

Colossus20v
12-14-2005, 01:40 PM
Thought that just went through my head. What if the mechanic could put it on a lift and then kind of lower it onto the dolly? How high are the sides of the dolly?

Next best solution maybe would be for you to jack it up, put jackstands underneath, then back the dolley underneath it. When you get to the jackstands, raise the car up a little bit to get the stands out, then lower it on the dolly. Move the dolly back more to the other set of jackstands and do the same.

It sux either way because you will have to do the same to get it off the dolly as well. This is why I want coilovers. Your a good man though Tweak for helping out the community.

Tommy91GT
12-14-2005, 03:47 PM
Isn't the rear molded on too? This may cause a problem with jacking it up, and possible with the dolly, specially if you are using a front tire only dolly. It may drop the rear too far to tow. Just keep this in mind. If it is too low to jack up to get the dolly under but will rid fine once on the dolly (not dragging ass) you may need to jack the whole car up (usins stands) and then drive the front under. If it's a full bed dolly your best bet is LOOOONNNGGG boards. I had to use boards (8ft with bricks under center for support) when I went to get my alignment cuase my ass would have scraped without. (Had coilovers but what is the use of getting an alignment if you are just going to go an adjust the rings just to get it off the lift.) Just adding my $.02 for the means of caution, and way to huk a brotha up Tweak.

Hooligan
12-14-2005, 03:55 PM
This is one of the many reasons you don't mold a kit...

Dr Tweak
12-14-2005, 05:27 PM
Yeah I think we're going to try jacking it up and then backing the dolly underneath it. I was looking at some pics and I'm 99% sure it'll work. The rear bumper shouldn't be a problem. We'll see, I'll find out if I'm going to pick it up on Friday...

angryyoungnpoor
12-14-2005, 11:53 PM
Yeah I think we're going to try jacking it up and then backing the dolly underneath it. I was looking at some pics and I'm 99% sure it'll work. The rear bumper shouldn't be a problem. We'll see, I'll find out if I'm going to pick it up on Friday...

If you're going to jack it.. gotta do both the front and rear. I had to get my car on a bed a few days ago. We just used 2x6's to get it up. Made it pretty simple.

Colossus20v
12-19-2005, 04:59 PM
did you get the car Tweak?

Dr Tweak
12-19-2005, 05:10 PM
Getting it Wednesday.

Luni
12-23-2005, 05:41 PM
Yeah dude, use some 2x4s at a gradual incline I think should get it done. Ive had to do this when loading onto a trailer a friends car that was totally dropped to the ground with an aftermarket bumper too. We used 2x4s to get it up cleared.

Dr Tweak
12-23-2005, 06:20 PM
How about like this?

http://phoenixtuning.com/toyota/swaps/keith/keith1.jpg

http://phoenixtuning.com/toyota/swaps/keith/keith2.jpg

http://phoenixtuning.com/toyota/swaps/keith/keith3.jpg

http://phoenixtuning.com/toyota/swaps/keith/keith4.jpg

http://phoenixtuning.com/toyota/swaps/keith/keith5.jpg

http://phoenixtuning.com/toyota/swaps/keith/keith6.jpg

:D

Murgatroy
12-23-2005, 08:27 PM
Almost exactly what I envisioned.

Great job and good luck!

Mister2T
12-23-2005, 10:29 PM
cool so i see you got it, how much you charging him dr. tweak?

Dr Tweak
12-24-2005, 12:08 AM
Including picking it up, finishing the installation, and installing his suspension, $1000.

-Doc

RallyK
12-24-2005, 08:30 PM
LOL did his tail pipe drag?

Dr Tweak
12-25-2005, 04:09 AM
Nope, lol.

He has coilovers on the rear which are really stiff, so there was not bouncing over bumps.

-Doc

angryyoungnpoor
12-25-2005, 05:27 AM
I'm just wondering.. with these coilovers.. could you have lifted it up a little bit? That may have made it a little easier.

Dr Tweak
12-25-2005, 05:54 AM
They were only on the rear. I was thinking the same thing :)