We're fortunate to have a high-ceiling garage. When we gave my wife her Bugeye last summer we put in a parking lift to make room in the garage. At that time the Fiero was parked outside.
Now that the Fiero has new paint, it's been in the garage and my 4Runner has been outside. But not after today. Today we turn this:
Last time we did this I didn't have an engine hoist. It was really a feat to get the thing off the trailer and assembled with a floor jack and a hand truck. It ships all in that one package and weighs over 1700 pounds.
That looks great. One of my mom's neighbors just built a shop that included a lift. As soon as the pad was cured I noticed the makings of a large lift lying on it. It sat there for weeks before he got the shop built around it.
We have a Rotary Lift in our garage. Its an older 2 post model but solid as a rock. Its on 6" thick old concrete and it doesn't move the slightest bit. With a 4 post you have twice as many posts to support the car so you do not need more than a 4" concrete floor. You do have to use strong hardened anchor bolts though. MOST residential garage floors are 4" concrete. Since I built the garage I made sure that the floor wasa minimum of 6" of 3200 lb concrete.
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I built a 30x40 shop at the house about 3 years ago. I'd planned going in that I'd install a 2 post lift, so we made sure the concrete pad was plenty thick and installed rebar throughout the pad. I have a 12 foot high ceiling and installed a Bend-Pack 2 post lift. Best money I ever spent on a tool!! Most of my jack stand collection is gathering dust
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Very nice! I guess I can't say I'm the only Fiero & Bugeye owner on this forum!
I'm with Archie.....we need more pics (and details) about the Bugeye.
Thanks! It's the second lift in the garage, which does have a high ceiling. I'll get the measurement tomorrow. The Fiero had been an outside-parked car since 1997 or so, but after investing so much money in paint, it needs be inside.
The Sprite is a '59 with a 1275 A-series, front disc brakes, a custom cam, Weber side-draft carb, Datsun 5-speed, and 12 volt conversion. My father in law and I gave it to my wife as a surprise gift at a car show last Father's Day. He restored it from a tub and parts over two years, during which we somehow kept it secret. She showed it for the first time today...boy do people really love that little car. My in-laws are coming up (to Seattle from Tucson) again for Father's Day this year. He's going to bring his Sprite, and we're going to show all four cars (2x Sprite, Fiero, Sky) at the same show where we gave wifey her car this year. It'll be the inaugural show for the Fiero.
Garage height is 11'-2.5". But there is a support beam that interferes with two of the three bays that costs me about 8" of clearance under the door.
In the bay without the beam I can raise the lift to full height with any of the two-seaters on top, and both the Sienna and 4Runner will fit under. I can also fit the Sky (with the top down) and Bugeye (haven't tried the Fiero) under the Sienna or 4Runner on that side. The Sky fits by two fingers widths
I'm not sure about the middle bay yet. The door isn't entirely done (not all garage door companies are created equal...should have stuck with the first, more expensive crew). I tested with the Fiero lifted to max height and the Sienna wouldn't fit. I think it will if I back the Fiero onto the lift, though.
Yes, it's a Bendpak HD9. I spent a lot (A LOT) of time researching the first one and kept arriving at "I prefer everything about the Bendpak except the price".
With the first one I upgraded to aluminum ramps, got a set of casters (it can be moved around on them, just not with a car on it), and bought two pairs of drip trays (I needed three trays and they come in pairs).
With this one, I got just another set of aluminum ramp brackets (I don't need or want two sets of ramps), one more pair of drip trays, and added a 3000 pound jacking platform. With terminal pickup, I think my total was about $3100. I would add that Brian Lockhart at asedeals.com is fantastic to work with. He must have spent two hours total on the phone with me reviewing brands, models, and options the first time (I don't work for, with, or otherwise have any skin in their game, other than they treated me very well).
This one was waiting for me at the terminal five business days after I ordered it. The package is 14 feet long on the dot and weighs a little over 1700 pounds- getting it off a trailer/truck without a forklift is not trivial.
Assembly takes time, but isn't complicated. I did some thing differently than the instructions and managed to avoid a couple painful errors that I made and had to undo with the first one. If anyone where orders one let me know via PM and I'll send you some thoughts.
I see that asedeals.com has the Dannmar D7000 on sale now for $2700 with casters, drip trays, and a jacking platform. That's a good deal.
I took my oldest back for her first game at The Big House last fall. It turned out to be High School Band Day and she finagled her way into that, so she got to rehearse with the MMB and play on the field with them at halftime and post-game. It was the only weekend all season that had home football and hockey, so we were able to catch two games at Yost. That cup was for hot chocolate at Yost. Super fun experience. Not unlike sharing my Fiero with her
I bought my Fiero from a person in Saline in spring of 1991. She was the second owner. I *think* the original owner was from Saginaw.
Finally took the time to shuffle things around and got all five cars in the garage last night. I still haven't tried all the variations; I'd eventually like to have the Sky and 4Runner in the middle, but because the door is lower on that side, I don't know yet if that combo works.
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