Lakeroadster's High Country Barn

Discussion in 'Garage' started by Lakeroadster, Jul 29, 2015.

  1. 50 Chevy LS3

    50 Chevy LS3 Member

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    John, do you just push and hold the green micro switch button to lift, or do these lifts have a wired, controller, to lift the vehicle? I assume the lever control is simply a return valve to allow the vehicle to lower.
    Interesting. I would have thought the manufacturer, would have designed a setup like that, in the first place.
    It appears the elec./hydraulic unit is properly equipped with a pressure regulator. So, if the elec. control were to get stuck in the lift position, would the lift cylinders just go to the top, over pressure, and the bypass kick in and allow you to kill power at the breaker?
    What happens if a hyd. hose blows, the vehicle should catch on a safety?
    Does the factory pressure regulator have a tamper resistant seal on it? It should, and I would be surprised if it doesn't.

    Steve.
     
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  2. Lakeroadster

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    Yes the small round green microswitch when pushed in starts the power unit
    That's correct.
    There is a cross over bar at the top of the lift that has a limit switch. If anything touches the bar, it shuts off the lift.
    The lift has an upper cross over beam. There is a cable that connects the right and left side that goes up and over the cross over beam. If a hose fails both sides would drop at the same time, until the next safety stop engages.
    No seal.

    I wasn't to concerned about the lift staying on until a guy told me his stuck on prior to him having the arms located correctly under the vehicle. Stop and think about that. I typically eye ball the arms into position, then engage and stop the lift when the arms are close to the vehicle lift points. If it just kept going it could do serious damage.

    For instance, on my '69 Camaro (unibody), the rear lift point is at the leaf spring front bracket. It's small and takes some precise locating... and the brake line is close too. If the lift didn't stop it could lift the car by the floorpan.. or crush the brake line.

    I'm surprised that all ALI certified lifts aren't required to have a kill switch, or a disconnect, adjacent to the micro switch... seems penny wise, dollar foolish.

    If you were a quick thinker you'd just depress the lowering valve if the micro switch stuck on... but if your in the shop by yourself.. how do you kill power to the unit? Call for back-up? :)

    John
     
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  3. 50 Chevy LS3

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    Yikes. Or, pop out just enough to hook the quarter panels, and remove them...

    I'm surprised something hasn't happened, and forced the manufacturer to make revisions.

    Soon, it should be time to get the fun cars out and blow out the winter cobwebs...

    Steve.
     
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    good luck on your build. keep up the great work
     
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  5. Lakeroadster

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    Sika Flex Crack Filler

    Getting tired of shop vacuuming the control joints after every woodworking project so I bought some Sika Flex Self Leveling Sealant at Home Depot.

    Tips:

    1) Fill the joint partially with sand before using the SikaFlex. They recommend a 2:1 width to depth ratio. The sand also helps seal the crack so you don't waste caulk.

    2) Don't set the tubes in the sun before using them. It gets runny the warmer it gets.

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    Update 12-1-2017

    Only down side to the Sika Flex is tire tracking. It doesn't dry hard, it remains soft and flexible. Not a big deal, just looks a bit dirty all the time. You can kind of see it in this photo.

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  6. Lakeroadster

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    Loft Stairway

    I grew weary of using my big ole werner A-frame ladder each time I wanted to access the loft in the barn. So I built a stairway.

    Lots of great storage space under the stairway.

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    Used My Grandpa Henry's 1940's DeWalt RAS To Bevel The Vertical Railing Boards... every time I use the RAS it's like he is there helping ;-)

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    Newel Post Attachment at Landing. I modified some Simpson Brackets To Fit The Bevels.

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    Accessing stuff in the loft is now a breeze

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  7. 50 Chevy LS3

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    Nice detail work. Beveled boards, and modified brackets... Streetrodders can't just leave it plain and store bought...
    I like it.

    Steve.
     
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    Reservoir Guard For Lift Hydraulic Power Unit.

    Ever since we bought our 2 post Rotary lift the plastic reservoir makes me nervous. 2 gallons of ATF in a plastic container just waiting to be busted by an errant 2x4 or other such project piece or part.

    I decided to build a guard for the reservoir from some left over parts from a fencing project.

    Here are the parts before assembly... Basically a couple Simpson galvanized brackets bent into submission on my vice and some 3/4" pine.

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    And here the parts are being mocked up. I drilled and tapped some holes into the lift columns, so the entire assembly is a bolt on affair.

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    I finished the boards with spar urethane... and since it looks like a cask added a Makers Mark label, just for shits and giggles

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    Very nice John ;

    As mentioned, your attention to details is amazing .
     
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  10. Lakeroadster

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    Back before I got my lift I wanted a way to set a vehicle on the wheels, but lifted up off the ground.

    I had a set of wooden ramps my Grandfather had given me back in the 1980's.
    And I had a bunch of 2x material and 1/2" plywood left over from other projects.

    So I built these lift boxes... They are screwed together and are hell for stout.

    Thy have served me well. Plus there's that neat old school grandpa factor when using them and the ramps.

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  11. 50 Chevy LS3

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    That is a really cool picture of your roadster pickup, "in progress".
    Must be a "OHIO", picture?

    Steve.
     
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    Thanks Steve. Yep, photo is circa 2003 ish from our place on Old National Road. The RPU only had about 5 miles on it when we moved.

    In the photo below you can see my hi-tech blasting booth hanging from the ceiling.

    These two old Fords are buddies for life..... I wish they could talk.. what stories they would tell.
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