Hello all! Newbie here.
I know you like pictures, so let's kick off by seeing if one appears:
Bingo! That's a big one.
I thought some might be interested in this configuration for getting a Minor up. It's very cheap
. I'll have to go outside and measure the height of the logs, because the body will go up to 90 degrees if it rests safely on tyres. This height is important so the sill clears the ground. I can lift the car up from horizontal by myself - the car is stripped but for the doors, boot lid, bonnet and glass.
I do it in two stages. First (the harder one) it goes up a bit and then sits on a tall log under the crossmember end. Then it's an easy lift the rest of the way. I'll measure the height of this log as well.
Same at the back:
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The 4x2 extension triangles are just to stop the logs tipping over as the lift begins, since there would be a degree of horizontal force.
The logs have to be good, of course. Something on the hard side, like oak. I fashioned a channel for the bumper brackets to sit in. An option is to form a metal plate (1.5mm?), with a corresponding channel to fit the channel in the log. Then the bumper bracket would sit on the metal, and I reckon there'd be even less chance of the log splitting.
If the log heights are just right, the body can be almost touching the ground when it's at 90 degrees. Or one could go for more clearance, and insert planks under the sills when the car is up. That way, the car cannot fall vertically.
I like this roll-up method, because I can be welding under the floor, quickly drop it down (crossmember end on to to the taller log, not all the way down) to check or do something, and flip it back up.
I've been using this method for a year now, with no problems. Ther's loads of scope for upgrading the method - welding up four supports, for example. I remember seeing something like this, but not the wooden version.
If you try this roll method, you're on your own with it. Please seriously consider safety and your personal welfare at all times. Drop the car down immediately on finishing a work session, and lift it back up when you start the next.
Check ALL elements of the system before starting a lift!
Check regularly for woodworm, and the general condition of the logs. Better to add the metal plate on top of each log, probably. Obviously, the body areas around the bumper brackets must be able to handle the load - strengthen first as necessary.
If you feel you need help with the lift, get a helper!!!!