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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by NerdBoy, Oct 2, 2003.

  1. NerdBoy

    NerdBoy 1/2 ton status

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    ...to get enough height to work under the hood of your truck?
    Mine is only lifted a meager 5 1/2", and I find it difficult to find anything comfortable to stand on to reach down and get to the engine.
    Lately, I have been using a 5 gallon bucket, turned upside-down, but I find that the bucket tends to want to slip out from underneath me. Anyone build anything to help with this? Got any pictures?

    I need ideas...
     
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    A milk crate work's for me, or a steel step, with safety grating as a standing surface. Also a chunk of rubber, old floormat, old mud flap will help to keep it place on a concrete floor. /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif
     
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    get yer lazy ass up on the tire, into the bay and sit on the fender and core support
     
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    6'ladder
     
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    Milk crates work great. Weird question
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    get yer lazy ass up on the tire, into the bay and sit on the fender and core support

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    Gettin' too old for that. Besides, my feet are too big to fit comfortably in the bay... /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    get yer lazy ass up on the tire, into the bay and sit on the fender and core support

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    I do that too, but I get "charlie horse's" ever try to get out from under the hood in a hurry? Damn! /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    Seen those steps that hang off the top of your tire?

    Saw an ad for one, just looked like a square tube design, that "hooks" over the top of your tire. With it in place, looks like the step would be about hub height.

    Looked like a good idea to me, but I'm sure it depends on how tall the vehicle is.
     
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    Like THIS one?
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    size 13 big enough? i feel too old to get up into the bay and work,but sometimes its necessary..how about one of those littler gardening stools?
     
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    Yep, thats the one!

    As long as it doesn't ride on the wheel, or slip off, (which I doubt it would) I think it would add useful height, especially since the height/width is adjustable.

    I know the feeling, it kills my chest to bend over the fenders trying to work in there for long periods of time, and thats with no lift and relatively small tires.
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    Seen those steps that hang off the top of your tire?


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    What about when you want to get to the front of the engine? I'm replacing a camshaft, and I'll be damned if my legs and don't hurt after a couple of hours of wrenching.
     
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    it kills my chest to bend over the fenders trying to work in there for long periods of time, and thats with no lift and relatively small tires.

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    I have a nice bruise in the center of my chest from the bucket falling out from under me, and hitting the hood latch. Looks like I need to install hoodpins, and get the latch out of there.
     
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    I don't think you'll find a one size fits all solution. I'm a climb into the engine bay kind of guy, but it does get old having to hop out to grab tools and what not.

    Anything I set on the ground (like a one step ladder), I end up tripping on anyways. And you always end up having to reach just a bit further than you can...
     
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    I use a roofer's safety harness and a 1-ton chain hoist. Kinda like Mission Impossible. Lost hold of the chain once..thank God I had my cell phone with me.
     
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    I like the thing Banks Performance has. For their mechanics they have ladders like you find in warehouses(steps that go nowhere) and have a flat like creeper at the top so they can lay over top of an engine bay.
     
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    wow jeffro thats some crazy matrix stuff I think I'll just stick to my milk crate
     
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    I have one of those steps and I love it. Totally adjustable and easy to build if you want to. It has never slipped off and holds my 230lb body without bending. Makes those spark plug changes a breeze. For the front I use either a small bench or the bumper to stand on.
     
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    I sit on the battery or core support unless the front clip is off, then I sit on the tire.
     
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    3' step ladder /forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif
     

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