Outdoor car lift ideas?

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  1. LADDTWZ

    LADDTWZ Veteran Member

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    Looking to build my own outdoor car lift / ramp. I recall being stationed at MCAS El Toro ( yea, that date's me) and they had a garage area where servicemen could go work on their vehicles. It was a steep folding ramp that you just drove up onto, no lift.

    Anyone have something like this? Pics?
     
  2. mgoad1971

    mgoad1971 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    How high are we talking off the ground? You could get some Rhino Ramps (which I use for changing my Camaro's Oil) and let my buddy borrow them.

    He placed some bricks/wood past them so he could drive up and level the car out. Gets the bottom of the wheels about a foot off the ground!! Easily slide under there!

    Or you could build some of these:

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  3. Twisted_Metal

    Twisted_Metal Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Don't raise the car... Lower the ground. ;)


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    Here are some instructions for some very basic ramp/lift designs. ---> http://corvettec3.ca/ramps.htm

    Nice design... Built in lights and electrical outlets too.
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    You need a nice level spot if you're going to use something like this outdoors.
    Any twisting due to uneven ground could lead to catastrophic failure of a simple box design. :eek:
     
  4. LADDTWZ

    LADDTWZ Veteran Member

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    That's what I'm after... just maybe a little higher. I was going to install 6 - 12" concrete sona tubes and pour a base to bolt them to.
     
  5. Da-bigguy

    Da-bigguy Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Now that looks like a 'Bubba the redneck solution'! :brightide
     
  6. mgoad1971

    mgoad1971 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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