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Old 05-28-2020, 02:40 PM   #1
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Howdy boys, your thoughts on which would be the best for Model A's. Thanks
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Old 05-28-2020, 02:44 PM   #2
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Old 05-28-2020, 05:55 PM   #3
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Its not the lift,its where you lift it from..always the axles,never the frame
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Old 05-28-2020, 06:19 PM   #4
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Thanks guys, CM2 Adak '72-'75. I've been thinking about a lift for several years. The problem is room. My shop is 36x36, but at this late day in the game, it is filled with tools, parts, and rigs being worked on. Still, I ain't getting any younger, and it seems harder to get up off the damn creeper every time I use it! The biggest problem is my floor. The concrete is cracked here and there and I'm a little skittish about setting one up on it. If I did, I think it would be in my best interest to dig a couple holes, pour a couple blocks at least 3x3x3, and mount the lift to that. Your thoughts. Thanks!
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Old 05-28-2020, 06:36 PM   #5
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Have you read about a 'Backyard buddy' 4 post? You can move them out of the way when not in use. I don't have one yet but others on this forum do, with good reviews.

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Old 05-28-2020, 07:34 PM   #6
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Are you asking about what type of lift to use, 2 post vs. 4 post, etc ? You need a stout foundation like you alluded to for the 2 poster to receive multiple bolts. We use a 4 poster in seismic country which depending on mfg. can be anchored to a min. 4" slab. Some say anchoring is not required depending on one's location. I prefer the 4 posters for storing vehicles.
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Old 05-28-2020, 10:23 PM   #7
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Thanks Duke, yes, I am more inclined to use a 2 post. Mostly considering the room I have. I don't think I'd trust my floor to mount one on. Like I noted above, I'll have to pour a pad for each post I'm afraid.
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Old 05-28-2020, 11:14 PM   #8
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I have a challenger le10 2 post works great for me you will need the adapter kit also
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Old 05-29-2020, 01:09 AM   #9
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The instructions for my two post said 4 inches minimum. I have about 12 at the posts with 9 inch anchors, just because. I would cut out your floor and pour new pads, maybe 6 inches, with tie bars drilled back into existing floor. Your 3 X 3 would work or 2 X 4. Even if you buy a used one, like I did, contact the manufacturer and get THEIR instructions. It ain't rocket science.
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Old 05-29-2020, 05:29 AM   #10
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I have been using this lift for many years with the A and could not be happier with it.

It takes 10-15 minutes to set it up, placing the lift pads around brake rods, muffler, etc.

2 pads go on the frame in the back just before the shocks and 2 pads go on the frame in the front near the bell motor mounts.

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Old 05-29-2020, 07:49 AM   #11
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Backyard Buddy.
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Old 05-29-2020, 08:50 AM   #12
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Howdy boys, thanks for the comments! I live in Oregon, so I'll check out Greg Smith in Portland. 200 miles away, but, so's everything else! I'll check out Back Yard Buddy too.
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Old 05-30-2020, 07:23 AM   #13
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hi could ya show pictures of the pads in place thanks Charles..
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Old 05-30-2020, 09:57 AM   #14
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That doesn't work out real well if you need to drop an axle or remove suspension.
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W/a 2 post lift you need one of these adapters:
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Old 05-30-2020, 12:03 PM   #16
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W/a 2 post lift you need one of these adapters:


Where is all of this coming from? From my experience with 2 post lifts used on Model-As (-which is almost daily for the past 20 years), I have never observed any adverse situation regarding the frame. The only issue that you can encounter is the brake rods to the front will bend when the front axle is dangling however as soon as the vehicle is returned to the ground, the brake rod returns to its normal position. It definitely is not because the frame will sag or bend!!

As kinda stated above, the main reason for using a 2-post lift is for convenience of servicing components underneath the vehicle. It is not meant for long-term storage.

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Brent, how tall are the risers you are using to lift from the frame? Don
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yes pic and dim of these risers..thanks
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Would it be feasible to put it outside and maybe put a roof over it to keep the slight mist that you Northerners get, off of it???
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Would it be feasible to put it outside and maybe put a roof over it to keep the slight mist that you Northerners get, off of it???
That's the same thing I've been wondering recently. Was thinking of maybe getting a Backyard Buddy 4 post and having a large carport installed outside so I can use it in the driveway. Keep the mist and rain off it.
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