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Old 01-18-2020, 01:49 AM   #1
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Default Whizzernick's Wicked Lift?

Hi Everyone. Can someone please school me about the lift we're seeing in this recent post by Whizzernick?

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Old 01-18-2020, 05:43 AM   #2
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In my youth, I worked at my neighbor's shop and they had what was called a "Bay Lift." It was an air operated devise with two long arms. The arms had nice big "cradles" at the ends. One had to only roll the lift under one end or the other of a car, put a little air in the cylinder to slowly lift the arms until the car's axle was sitting in the cradles and then give it a good blast and that end of the car would be three or four feet in the air. It was a lot nicer than lifting it with a floor jack and jack stands. In this photo, someone has TWO bay lifts.
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Used to use one back in the late '50's in the body shop but never considered using two to lift the whole car off the ground. (score one for improvisation )
But, don't think I would try it outdoors in windy conditions!
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Old 01-18-2020, 01:22 PM   #4
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Clever? For sure, but too risky. Even for me.....
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Old 01-18-2020, 01:25 PM   #5
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Clever? For sure, but too risky. Even for me.....
The first thing I thought when I opened the original was "Please, don't drop it!".

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Old 01-18-2020, 01:39 PM   #6
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Reminds me of the time I took our family car to get four new tires. The "mechanic" came out with two floor jacks. One under the pumpkin and one under the front crossmember. Jacked up both ends and removed all four wheels. I wasn't really thrilled with the procedure...
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Old 01-18-2020, 01:47 PM   #7
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On a perfectly leveled slab of concrete it may work just fine...but since Murre`s law says Murphy was a damn optimist...to many variables that can go wrong...
Very cool lift though...still have a mechanical ratchet jack with like a 6ft handle on it...very enviromental friendly no chances of oil leakes...takes a well sized wrestler to lift anything heavy on it...
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Old 01-18-2020, 02:34 PM   #8
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I had an older friend that had an identical jack in his repair shop. It had an automatic safety stop that was spring loaded and as you raised the jack, it would snap into stops for different heights. If you raised to the desired height and did not lower to the last stop you could get a "surprise". This particular jack would leak a little air and there would be a sudden drop to the last safety stop. A young friend of mine had raised the jack quite high without letting the jack relax to the stop. An older experienced mechanic was underneath when the car dropped a couple inches to the last stop. It made a bang and I have never seen anyone get out from underneath a car that fast. Needless to say he heard a few choice words!
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Old 01-18-2020, 03:09 PM   #9
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Yes : my lifts are cool . I have 3 one is a bay lift one is a blackhawk (5000 lb )
and an (END LIFT ) I think. In picture the bay lift is in front blackhawk in rear.
I use them in side ( most of the time ) The best part is you can go to exact the height you want real fast and you have access to most of the car. (CAUTION --- I DO NOT leave the cars in high position when not there ) mid position is ok 2-3 ft off floor
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Old 01-18-2020, 03:16 PM   #10
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Yes : my lifts are cool . (CAUTION --- I DO NOT leave the cars in high position when not there ) mid position is ok 2-3 ft off floor

Have you ever thought about what that car's gonna do when California begins a shakin'? DD
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Old 01-18-2020, 05:14 PM   #11
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A person needs to make sure they can roll while lifting. They don't actually lift straight up like the old pneumatic bumper jacks did. I used to see those being used on both ends but the bumpers turned plastic and the post lifts made them obsolete.

If the ground isn't level enough, it could start rolling down hill.
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Old 01-18-2020, 11:23 PM   #12
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Yes, they are 2 separate lifts. I used them when I worked for the local GM dealer back in the mid '70's. wish I had one.
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Old 01-19-2020, 12:52 AM   #13
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temp fate long enough and you know how its going to end but still, cool tool
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