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Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: North Baltimore, Oh
Re: 2 Post Lift
I put a double cab Ford 150 4X4 on my 2 post asymetrical, and it was unstable. With a little shifting I probably could have made it better; but I only was changing his wheels, so I only lifted it to get the tires to clear the floor.
For a frame off restoration, I couldn't think of anything better than a 2 post lift. Lift the car by the frame, prep it, set tall jack stands to support the body, and drop the car down, reset the lift arms under the body, and lift the body. I test fit my frame several times because of the modifications to the driveline. It's relatively easy to do. I clamped my body to the lift at the torque boxes just to make me feel better as I worked on the body because there was a lot hanging behind the rear lift arms.
Also, buy a screw jack. Sometimes you need to get to a spot on the body where the arm is, and a screw jack can support that corner while you work on that corner. I had rust holes below the cowl, and I used the screw jack to support that corner while I carved out the rot. I eventually also bought a tall transmission jack because the T-56 that I installed is very heavy. Plus, a 16 gallon drain pan is also nice to have.
Generally, I really like a 2 post. Getting the wheels off of the ground is a big plus. Heck, sometimes I put my Chevelle on the lift to just clean the wheels really well. Opening the door is a little bit of a pain. I have to stop short and push my Suburban forward just to make it easier to get out of the door. I haven't had my double cab Silverado on my lift yet, but I assume it will be the same as my Suburban. You don't have to set pads on a 4 post, but setting pads is not that tough to do. 12 foot ceilings are also nice to have.
If you're going to be working on your cars, I would buy a 2 post. For storage and light service a 4 post might be good for you. My dentist just bought a side X side 4 post lift and raised his garage roof so that he can make his cars disappear into his ceiling, so 4 posts are useful.
'69 Chevelle SS ("NOT" ON THE ROAD NOW!
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