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Old 04-06-2007, 09:38 AM   #1
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What is best way to move a dead truck?

We are using a car carrier this weekend to pickup a '66 Chevy truck that is not driveable. Any opinions out there on the best way to:

1) Get the truck onto the car carrier?
2) Get the truck off the car carrier and into the barn?

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The truck does have all its wheels and can be put in neutral but there is no steering except for manually pushing the wheels into the right direction.
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Old 04-06-2007, 09:41 AM   #2
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We are using a car carrier this weekend to pickup a '66 Chevy truck that is not driveable. Any opinions out there on the best way to:

1) Get the truck onto the car carrier?
2) Get the truck off the car carrier and into the barn?

P.S.
The truck does have all its wheels.
I can tell you how NOT to do it
We usually use either a come along or an electric winch of some sort to get the truck on the trailer, getting it off is usually the easy part. Just get it rolling and off it goes.

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Old 04-06-2007, 09:42 AM   #3
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a come along? lots of friends and chock blocks?
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There is the "challenge" of course on the uphill "push" to get it up the car carrier ramps. Plus we have a "challenge" when we arrive home as the driveway has a 20 degree slope "up" into the barn.
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I have a 6,000 pound electric winch to pull dead vehicles onto trailers. It uses a 12 volt car battery, and cost about $130. You can anchor it to the tow vehicle, and a support in the barn. It may take a little time to make the movement, but is much easier than resorting to manual labor.
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Old 04-06-2007, 10:04 AM   #6
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I have a 6,000 pound electric winch to pull dead vehicles onto trailers. It uses a 12 volt car battery, and cost about $130.
Nice! I think that is the way to go. Where is a good place to buy one in that price range? I saw that Home Depot had a WARN Works one for $500 but that is more than I want to spend.

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Nice! I think that is the way to go. Where is a good place to buy one in that price range? I saw that Home Depot had a WARN Works one for $500 but that is more than I want to spend.

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Try Northern Tools or Harbor Freight

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oh, no, not ANOTHER one??!?!

yeah, a winch is probably the way to go....surprised you don't already have one, what with all those other toys...
Sam's club has something, I think. can't remember the weight rating on it, though.
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They have manual winches that they use for boat trailers at most marinias. I have at least two of them. Usually use cables or straps for take - up. Rated at 1200 lbs and only takes a manual crank to run them. Should be able to by one for under $50 new for a good one.
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Old 04-06-2007, 10:21 AM   #10
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oh, no, not ANOTHER one??!?!
Yes.
I was trying to sneak this one in under your radar.
But I forgot you are a mod and see everything!
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Nice! I think that is the way to go. Where is a good place to buy one in that price range? I saw that Home Depot had a WARN Works one for $500 but that is more than I want to spend.

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eBay: NEW 12 VOLT WINCH - 6000 POUND ROLLING! + MOUNTING KIT (item 190100385170 end time Apr-06-07 17:38:59 PDT)
There are several on there, this is the one I have.
I bought mine from Bumper to Bumper auto parts, they may have one in the store.
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Come-a-longs work great if you have one, or two, with straps or chain to makeup the difference. Boat winches also work well if you've got one and can quickly build a base to mount it. For moving around on cement put a floor jack under the rearend. Kick or twist the front tires and it's easier to do this with the truck in motion. Keep wheel chocks close at all times or it can get away quick (blocks of wood work fine, so do old exhaust manifolds - What??? you don't have any of those laying around? ). And friends - what else are they for but to call on in your time of need.

Take pictures. They are always great fun to look at later and as my wife says after watching us load and unload cars a few times, they are also good for the coroner when we get stupid .

Take care, if it doesn't look safe it probably isn't, and if it's not that far get a price from a local tow company. You might be surprised if you compare the costs, your effort, the potential for damage to all concernd, versus just having it hauled in and dropped off. There's folks who pick up old cars out of yards and take them to the scrap yard and one of them may do this as well for a reasonable price. In that case just make sure they can deliver it without destroying it.

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I have one that looks like the ebay one and it works. Its made to hook over a trailer hitch. I had a receiver tube welded to the front of my car hauler trailer for this. I paid about $70 for it. I think Harbor Freight has them also.
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