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Old 04-06-2007, 02:58 PM   #15
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For about $50 at most auto part stores is a 12v electric trailer hitch winch. They work pretty good. I have used mine to drag some sizeable logs up a hill.They are rated at 2000 lbs rolling so you 'may' have to inch the vehicle up the ramp a bit unless you can arrange it to go down to the ramps on say a driveway slope. To get it off just untie, back up and stop quickly (just kidding). Do get a couple other sets of helping hands.
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Old 04-06-2007, 04:16 PM   #16
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Last summer when I had the MG painted (totally stripped), I used a flatbed and a regular crank-style winch to get the car to and back from the paint shop. It was slow, but probably the way to go, given that this was a one-time operation.

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Old 04-06-2007, 05:35 PM   #17
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A winch or several folks pushing should be enough to get it up on the trailer--be sure to leave the trailer connected to the tow vehicle and the jack foot down. A little $20 boat winch should be fine for this (check the weight range). I used one of them for several years to get my racecar on and off my first trailer. You may want to jack the trailer tongue up some, depending on the angle of the ramps to the trailer. Once the front wheels are on the trailer you can let it down some or all of the way. Try to distribute the weight over the trailer wheels so you don't overload or over-unload the tongue.

PLEASE be sure to strap the truck down very carefully to the trailer. Do not strap the body to the trailer--it needs to ride on its suspension like it would on the street. Good strapping/chaining points are around the axles, around good solid frame members, or at towing loops or hooks. Don't strap at sharp edges that can cut through the straps with the motion from towing. You can also get those "bonnet" straps that go over the wheels, if you don't like the other way of strapping. You should leave the vehicle in neutral on the trailer once it is strapped down securely.

Since you have an uphill angle at the drop-off point, you can chain/strap/rope the back of the truck (axle, frame, *maybe* bumper depending on how solid it is) to something on or near the barn and ease the trailer forward to get the truck off. Saves a lot of effort winching. Be sure to have someone watching in the back to make sure nothing goes awry, and clear communications between the watcher and the driver of the tow vehicle. (If the jack foot is down on the trailer it may gouge the surface of the driveway unless it is a slider foot or wheel, so be careful.) Another way to get a vehicle off a trailer if it is downhill or flat and you have a rail at the front of your trailer is to use a long rope, wrap it one or two turns around the rail, then attach it to the vehicle on the trailer. Have someone push the vehicle off the trailer while you control the rate of descent with the rope (wear gloves!). Easy squeasy!

I have pushed, pulled, shoved, drug, driven and placed vehicles on trailers hundreds of times (between autocrossing, vintage racing, acquiring or selling vehicles, and hauling for friends), and I am paranoid about it each time. I have seen too many trailer/load problems that I NEVER want to have happen to me! Use your head and a good dollop of common sense and you will be fine.

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Old 04-06-2007, 10:17 PM   #18
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And make sure to tell us what you ended up doing and how it went and include pictures .

Any time a parts car/truck/trailer comes home is exciting, in my life at least.
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Old 04-07-2007, 07:07 AM   #19
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Thank-you!!!

Thanks to everyone for all the great advice. We are off shortly to start our adventure and will follow-up later with a story and photos.
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Old 04-07-2007, 07:15 AM   #20
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Thanks to everyone for all the great advice. We are off shortly to start our adventure and will follow-up later with a story and photos.
Don't forget to leave the video camera running...might be worth $10,000

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Exclamation Don't Do This!!

This is what happens when you get too eager and don't test the brakes before you drive a new acquisition onto the trailer!

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(The fender was damaged before we bought the car, not from this issue.)

I was between the trailer and the Jeep when this happened, guiding him onto the trailer, and had to get out FAST! This is one event that really made me look at how we load/unload trailers and our physical positioning during the process. And it was loads of fun trying to get the car back over the trailer rail with the little floor jack and a couple boards.

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Old 04-07-2007, 09:27 AM   #22
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This is what happens when you get too eager and don't test the brakes before you drive a new acquisition onto the trailer!
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(The fender was damaged before we bought the car, not from this issue.)
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Old 04-07-2007, 09:32 AM   #23
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Good eye, Lynn! It is a 1967 TR4. We found it near Dallas and later sold it to a fellow in the area. The man we got it from had painted it completely flat black as a memorial to his wife who had passed away earlier. I mean COMPLETELY--dash, lights, chrome, everything! At least all that can be taken care of in a full restoration, which is what the buyer was going to do.

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Saturday, April 7: 9am - 8:30pm and 317 miles later...we completed our adventure of picking up the '66 Chevy truck. The trip was not entirely uneventful but there were no mishaps or misadventures. On Friday night, we ended up buying an electric winch from Wal-Mart, of all places, for $50 along with some extra ratcheting straps. Both were definitely needed, especially the winch.

The first photo in the series is at 9:30 am at the U-Haul center where we discovered we brought the wrong drop hitch. The 2" ball setup we grabbed had a 3 1/2" drop but we needed a 2" drop so we paid $30 to buy another hitch. That was painful (as we have one at home) but not as painful as driving the 60 miles back home to get the right hitch.
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Arrived at sellers home at 11:30 am and lined the trailer up to the garage and set up the winch.
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Starting the winching process. I manned the winch while Brian and the seller worked the "steering" (i.e., note the sledge hammer to move the wheels).

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There was no steering column, hence the make-shift steering mechanism!
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The winch doing its job of s-l-o-w-l-y pulling the truck onto the car carrier.
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After winching the truck onto the trailer, the next step was to secure the body of the truck to the frame and to install the doors back onto the cab.
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