Hopefully, the following will be helpful to you. Some, but not all of the
information below is in the archives.
I have a 4 post lift from Autolifters. The M6 model. It’s a nice lift, and
generally I have been happy with it. However, if I had to do it over again,
I think I would probably buy one from Eagle Equipment instead. Here’s why:
- uses leaf chain for lifting rather than cable.
- Adjustable (side-to-side) ramps (important for narrow track e-types, not
so much for XJ’s).
- IMO, overall very sturdy construction and design (not that the
autolifters model isn’t, but I’m just impressed with how the Eagle models
are put together).
The other big consideration is to measure your lifting clearances. By this
I mean not just your ceiling height, but also how high your garage door is
when open (presumably you will want to open your garage door with a car on
the lift ). Having 12 foot ceilings doesn’t do a lot of good if your
garage door rolls up at about 8 feet or so. In my case, I had to install a
special high-lift mechanism for my garage door. I think it was about
Finally, the other issue I ran into was less than flat garage floor. I
ended up bolting my posts to the floor (even though it is theoretically a
portable lift). My floor slopes to the center towards a drain. As it
turned out, only one of the posts was on a slope (it flattens near the
perimeter). I tried grinding the floor flat with a masonry grinding disc,
but it was slow, ineffective work. However, it might work for you.
In the end, I shimmed it with metal shims and bolted it to the floor. I
used threaded anchors so I can unbolt it if desired and move it. By the
way, I should mention that my neighbor (who is an engineer) said that I was
probably being a bit too concerned about it being stable. Under load, he
didn’t think it would be going anywhere. Having it bolted down makes me
feel a little more comfortable though.
BTW, I know of another lister who solved the floor slope problem by pouring
concrete pads for each post. I thought that was a pretty good idea.
If I ever build a detached garage (on my wish list) I will probably use an
eagle lift. NAYYY regarding the vendors discussed. You can find eagle at
http://www.eagleequip.com and can request a catalog from their site. The
Autolifters site is http://www.autolifters.com. I didn’t see a link on their
site, but I am sure you can call them for a catalog.
Let me know if I can help you further.
88 V12 VDP
66 E-Type OTS
Can anyone recommend good quality lifts. Am looking for
mainly storage and occasional maintenance (I hope). Found many brands out
there, prices from $2200 to $4000 USD. Not afraid to spend a little more for
something that’s solid and quality.
Thanks in Advance
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