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    Im going to be putting a New Lift in my shop, Will a 2 post be ok for the 60 T-bird. a friend said it might distort the uni-body?

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    Get a hoist with at least twice the capacity (or more). All the lift companies here flew to the Orient. So, if anything goes wrong I guess you have to go to China to sue them.

    A good hoist has four arms which spreads the weight towards the front and rear sub-frames.

    You should find the center of gravity of your car and put that at the posts. I never get under there without those tall jack stands in place. They stabilize the car so side torque doesn't affect the mounting bolts.

    I highly suggest you buy a manual motor starter with proper overloads. It will save your motor and give you a means to lock it out. - Dave
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    • #3
      I routinely use a two post on my '64. Not sure who made the lift. I lift from the torque boxes; the front of the fronts and the rear of the rears.

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      • #4
        I had a two post lift at my previous house. Wouldn't fit in the garage (8' ceilings) so I had it installed outside. The posts were 12' tall. I used it a lot but was always a little nervous about having the car up in the air that way.

        At my current house I've had a 4 post drive-on lift inside the garage for the last 18 years. I have enough headroom so that the car goes all the way up so I can work under it.

        I occasionally have had to use bottle jacks if I wanted part of the car up off the ramps but doing brakes and tires required the car on the ground and 4 floor jacks. That got rather annoying the last couple of times so I bought a Ranger Quickjack as a supplement to the drive-on lift.

        http://www.quickjack.com/

        If you don't have any kind of lift at all you can use the Quickjack for just about anything working underneath the car.

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        • #5
          Who are you people with your own lifts in your garage????

          I live in a condo now, had the opportunity when one of the local garages that plays with my cars was upgrading to get a BIG 4 post lift free.

          No place to put it!!
          Scott
          South Delta, BC, Canada
          1960 White T-Bird, PS, PB that's it
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          • #6
            Not me...I just go over to a friends that has a lift and use his. So much easier. ;-)
            I have suffered and done several jobs, working under the car on my back, while it was up on jack stands. Think I'm getting to old for this though.
            Nyles

            Originally posted by sidewalkman View Post
            Who are you people with your own lifts in your garage????

            I live in a condo now, had the opportunity when one of the local garages that plays with my cars was upgrading to get a BIG 4 post lift free.

            No place to put it!!

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            • #7
              I have longed for a lift in my garage , but have long ago decided with Back Yard Buddy . Now theirs are four post lifts but only 10 ft. in width as compared to the area need for a two post, and I realize there are advantages to both. Also they are made in the states with American steel . I strongly believe in supporting North American products . I feel their's is top quality. Just my opinion , Ian . ( Remember Not All Birds Fly South )

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              • #8
                The older I get, the less tolerance I would have for working on stuff without a lift.

                I always use jackstands like these on longer cars/trucks

                http://www.bendpak.com/shop-equipmen...s/rjs-2th.aspx

                Another option is these things, which are pricey, but probably only way get support under front suspension in the same manner as the car sits normally. Not sure how those things react to side load from lower control arm trying to push outward as suspension compresses, I'd add wheels to them if I was going to use them on anything but a leaf sprung solid axle.

                http://www.gregsmithequipment.com/Atlas-Wheel-Stands
                59-430-HT

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                • #9
                  I don't mind rolling around on a creeper, but at my age I've decided that if I need a lift, I must also need a guy with a lift and a credit card to pay him!!

                  Originally posted by Tbird1044 View Post
                  Not me...I just go over to a friends that has a lift and use his. So much easier. ;-)
                  I have suffered and done several jobs, working under the car on my back, while it was up on jack stands. Think I'm getting to old for this though.
                  Nyles
                  Scott
                  South Delta, BC, Canada
                  1960 White T-Bird, PS, PB that's it
                  Red Leather Interior!
                  www.squarebirds.org/users/sidewalkman
                  Thunderbird Registry #61266
                  http://www.squarebirds.org/picture_g...ibrary/trl.htm

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sidewalkman View Post
                    Who are you people with your own lifts in your garage????

                    I live in a condo now, had the opportunity when one of the local garages that plays with my cars was upgrading to get a BIG 4 post lift free.

                    No place to put it!!
                    Wow, I would have figured out where to stash it till I had a place, I'd be all over a lift for my backyard.

                    I have been thinking of looking at one of these lifts.

                    http://www.maxjaxusa.com

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                    • #11
                      I live on 40 acres and ran my own shop up until 5 years ago or so, I recently built a shop by my house, The New shop is 30 X 40 with 12 foot joists so a Lift will work fine,

                      My concern was the 2 post versus 4. I have Jacks and stands from my old lift.

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                      • #12
                        I prefer the stability of a 4 post drive on, but they do take up more room and can be a bit awkward at times for some jobs. Many 2 post lifts require a reinforced footer to mount on. Each style has its advantages and disadvantages - no one size fits all uses, garages or checkbooks. Enjoy and work safely!

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                        • #13
                          If you don't do transmission work, exhaust or oil changes, this works great for me. 54".
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Tbird1044 View Post
                            I have suffered and done several jobs, working under the car on my back, while it was up on jack stands. Think I'm getting to old for this though.
                            Nyles
                            Sums up my act too Nyles!
                            No money and no height in my garage means it will be what I'll have to keep on doing for the foreseeable future...
                            A Thunderbirder from the Land of the Long White Cloud.

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                            • #15
                              This arrived at my friend's shop last week, not running after sitting in a barn for 20 years. It came off a flat bed so they loaded it into the shop backwards and raised it with the two post.

                              This is a '70 Charger convertible with a 440 6 pack. The rear of this car weighs nothing relative to the front. I told the mechanic, please, please, put a transmission jack under the radiator support, or a 4x4...
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