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Been a while. Things have changed.
Gotta get used to the new look of the site.
Solid Chevelle's are still hard to find but there are a few out there below the 40k mark for those who really want a car. I remember there used to be quite a few (69's) on here in the classifieds but haven't been able to locate them yet or they're just not so easy to come by anymore.
My son came to the conclusion that he doesn't want the 70 Monte Carlo I bought for his 16th Birthday (he's now 32) so I guess I'll take it off his hands for a big fat 0$ seeing as he's more into audio(???????????) than cars and it's titled in my name anyway.
It's sitting in the garage right now calling me to help it. Very solid/good car and black is beautiful!
The 64 327 is going to like it's new home.
Well, glad I could still change my password and good to be back.
Speaking of back; man I'm getting too old (55) to be laying on this concrete!
 

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Need a pit or a lift....or a really comfy crawler.
 
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I really like those Monte Carlo's. If you can, put in a lift while you're young enough to get your use of it. It's great to work like a gentleman.
 

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55, hell I could have done two Murphy’s when I was 55 at the same time. I need another car to work on but no more frame offs. 66 was my magic number for full restorations but I will always do something as long as I can. Anyone selling a solid #3 car?
 

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Welcome back Lou. I save cardboard for cushioning the back thing anymore, and eat MOTRIN! I;ve never scraped off all the undercoating and I have some body bushings to R&R this winter.

MORE BACK TIME. Hey. I;ll only turn 60 during that torture this winter. Lots to look forward to! ;)
 

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If I think I'm going to be getting up from under the car more than 10 times I tie a thick rope with knots every foot from one of the trusses. Arms are still relatively strong, knees not so much.:)
 

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Good to be back guys. I need the geriatric company. I'm thinking of sharing my dogs hip and joint treats with him.
 
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As long as you can get up off the floor on your own, is all that matters:)
I'm back in the game after a 20 year hiatus, and after crawling under the car while installing a new engine/tranny I feel like those guys in the commercials: "Help, I have fallen and I can't get up!"

It's painful, but somehow it feels good. Like S&M for gear heads. :cool:
 

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I cut up an old, foam mattress cover and throw that down between me and the concrete garage floor. That helps keep me from freezing!
 
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I only have 8 ft ceilings in my garage so that is somewhat limiting. About 5 years ago I acquired a used Qwik Lift which basically raises the car approx 2 ft or so. When not in use it collapses on the floor and just drive up on it and park on it in the collapsed position. I also mounted a winch to it so when elevated I can pull my vehicle upon it and also use the winch to !ower it back down. Allows me to roll around on a padded creeper. Dont know how I went all those years without one.
When going directly on the concrete I find a big piece of cardboard helps quite a bit.
 

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I only have 8 ft ceilings in my garage so that is somewhat limiting. About 5 years ago I acquired a used Qwik Lift which basically raises the car approx 2 ft or so. When not in use it collapses on the floor and just drive up on it and park on it in the collapsed position. I also mounted a winch to it so when elevated I can pull my vehicle upon it and also use the winch to !ower it back down. Allows me to roll around on a padded creeper. Dont know how I went all those years without one.
When going directly on the concrete I find a big piece of cardboard helps quite a bit.
"blm", I just went to see the "Kwik Lift" website and I like the lifts they sell but tell me... does it leaves you enough clearance to crawl under the car with a creeper (like when detailing the underside of the car)? I understand that it helps in detailing the lower part of the car as well as the wheels but what about access to the whole underside of the car?... and last, what's the needed floor jack capacity to lift the whole assembly (lift + car)?

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"blm", I just went to see the "Kwik Lift" website and I like the lifts they sell but tell me... does it leaves you enough clearance to crawl under the car with a creeper (like when detailing the underside of the car)? I understand that it helps in detailing the lower part of the car as well as the wheels but what about access to the whole underside of the car?... and last, what's the needed floor jack capacity to lift the whole assembly (lift + car)?

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Claude,
The floor jack that I use to lift the Qwik Lift is the HF Daytonna jack listed below. The reason I use this jack is it is the only jack I could find that will lift the Qwik Lift high enough to allow the rear support legs to be swung down without adding anything to the jack pad. I used to use a two ton Craftsman jack that I have but had to add blocks of wood to the jack pad. I like the dea of having to use the jack pad without anything piled on it.
I have never measured the clearance under the car while it is on the lift but it is substantial. I can tell you the following. Several times I have had my 69 on the Qwik Lift with the transmission removed. With the trans removed I can sit with my ass directly on the floor and sit up straight with my head in the trans tunnel and my head barely clears the tunnel. I am 5 ft 10 in.
I would guesstimate the clearance of the underside of the floor pan to the garage floor to be three feet. Im no string bean and while on a creeper I can roll in and out from under the car and can even roll out the side.

 
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