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My home built cradle dolly. by Boostdreamer
Started on: 02-08-2014 07:31 PM
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Report this Post02-08-2014 07:31 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BoostdreamerClick Here to Email BoostdreamerSend a Private Message to BoostdreamerEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I forgot to show off my cradle dolly when I had my engine out in December. I tried using the dollys from China Freight and they got me by for several swaps and maintenance purposes. I didn't like how low they were and the cradle was never well balanced on it. I decided to make something more permanent and purpose-built for the job. I just used some scrap 4x4s and 2x4s. I took the casters off one of my old furniture dollys. This worked much better. It supported the cradle much better and acted as a platform to jack up when I put the cradle back in. Also, one of the things I hated about the low furniture dollys was that the control arms and brake discs would drag the ground. This one is high enough that that isn't such a problem anymore. I don't remember if it completely eliminated that problem but it was much improved. Here's mine. Feel free to post pics of yours.









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That looks great! I usually lay 6 foot 2x4 across the furniture dolly to support the control arms and keep them from sagging or dragging. I actually had a tripod seal slip off one time because of the drooping control arm.

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Looks like mine. 2x4's and casters from Home Depot. Built to do a 3800 swap, but used extensively to do the 4.0 swap.



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^^^
LOL! That's crazy how much they look alike!
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But how does it fit with the engine hoist under the car? I ran into that problem several times.
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Originally posted by 87FieroSport:

But how does it fit with the engine hoist under the car? I ran into that problem several times.


Hook the cherry picker to the trunk latch and position the two forks of the base on the corner of the cradle dolly.

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Originally posted by 87FieroSport:

But how does it fit with the engine hoist under the car? I ran into that problem several times.


I never felt comfortable with the latch. I used the cross support in front of the trunk, hooked on either side. I also had a large lift, in which the arm was long and the legs fit on either side of the dolly.

Don't have access to the lift anymore, so I'm not sure what I will do if the engine needs to come out again.

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I have thought about modifying my dolly by removing the rearward cross beam and moving it inbound toward an I-beam position in the middle. Maybe not perfectly in the middle but just inward so the hoist could easily fit up against it.

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