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Thanks for the input, guys. I knew in the back of my head that I must get the lift, but it was fun to dream of blower whine.

I was planning on a Bend Pak, then a friend told me to check out Eagle. The Eagle lift is a little less expensive and has a greater weight capability. Any thoughts about either company? I've seen both advertised for years in the enthusiast magazines.

Here's a link to the one I'm going to order later this week.

http://www.eagleequip.com/page/EE/PROD/LI-ETP/MTP-11A

Thanks again for helping me clear my thoughts...

Mike
 

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Unless you are going to be using that max weight capability, I'd go with Bend Pak. A name you can trust. If you can afford steak, why buy hamburger.....JM2C
 

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Like my saying on the back of my nostalgia funny car I am building

YOU PAY PEANUTS YOU GET MONKEYS pay the extra in the long run it will pay off.
 

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Wow! I can't believe it was over a year ago that I decided to get the lift - I finally ordered the bend pak.

It will take a few days to get here, then the fun begins. 10k asymmetrical lift. Should work out great. I think this is the most expensive tool I've purchased so far.
 

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Always wanted one and I was determined to get one with my 30X30 shop up in Wisconsin. But you know how that goes. Maybe I'll find one under the Christmas tree some day---yeah right. Heh. About the only LIFT I can expect is a sharp toed shoe in the arse. HA! Mark L
 

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I went about 30 years with out a lift and when I added on to my old shop back in 2004 I went to my SnapOn dealer and ordered a wheeltronics lift which is the same as my mid-rise lift and I was very pleased with it. There are made out of Canada and are a bit pricey and even with a good discount it was 3500. But I don't know why I waited so long, it has made my job so much easier with lifting bodies off chassis and just normal use. Mine is also Asymetrical but only a 9000 lbs. looking around I know I could have saved quite a bit but I'm happy with it. :D :D
 

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The number one thing about a purchase, whether you paid a little too much , or it may be not exactly what you intended to buy is, if you are happy with it. Sometimes I'll pay a little more for something I know I'll be happy with than if I was already wondering before I bought it. Mark L

(P.S. (Wow) Really messed up the meaning of that first line.)
 

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I wish I had room for a lift! I'd buy one quickly if I ever get a shop built! right now I don't even have height to lit a car to work on it. I have thought of cutting the floor and making a pit, but it wont accomplish some things a lift could do easier!
 

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Having a car lift would truly be a luxury!

I had a Handy Lift for the shop when I originally setup it up for motorcycle/chopper building.

As some of you may recall the workshop was built with motorcycle & woodworking in mind.... NOT hot rods.

Fortunately, the shop is big enough to house the Opel except for the door opening which I had to enlarge.

As I go thru the preliminary stage of the project deciding what I want to do, searching for & collecting parts and cutting things apart I have been finishing the upgrades inside the shop to make it more builder-friendly as well as a comfy place to not only work on the Opel but also to just relax (a true Man-Cave). Once I'm done I'll post some pics of the entire workshop remodeling project.


It's been a LONG-DRAWN-OUT project and as you know it had taken much longer than I had originally planned..... with more & more add-ons than I originally planned to do .... Add-ONs that are STILL being added-on practically EVERYDAY....ha!!!!

As you guys will EVENTUALLY see..... I will be doing the SAME THING once I start to do dedicated work on the Opel.

Even though off & on I have done some work on the Opel I haven't even really started to do any serious work yet & the add-ons are already filling up the pages of my to-do list.

I am SURE NONE of you guys do that!!! ??? !!! HA!!!
 

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You need to put a carport on the front of that shop John! Then when you're doing work on parts of the car that don't involve the body you can push the Opel out into the carport to give some extra room! :)
 

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More projects---YES---exactly what man is on Earth for. More projects and more stress on the Misses. HEH. You go John, you're making Manhood proud. LOL. MArk L
 

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Hey Mike, I like your choice on the lift. I had myself talked into the short version of that lift since I dont have real tall walls. Looked closer at the specs and the footprint for the legs came to within 5 inches of my wall. And there was no way I was going to fit my ass between that and a car to get around. So I am like Vall and the others, waiting for the addition to go in.
 

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Yeah, when I built the shop, I made sure that the walls were tall enough and the floor was thick enough going in. It's going to be in the center bay but it's still going to be two monoliths in the center of my shop. Probably take a bit of getting used to.

They are 145" tall and outside to outside is 145". The drive thru is 102", so I will be OK. The usefulness will out weigh being in the way. Can't wait. Will post pics of what it takes to put it up. And of course, if anyone wants to come and see (help) how to put up a lift, I bought some of that Mexican Coke in bottles (The Cola!!!!) with real sugar in it and they are chilling in the fridge right now. :D

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When are you planning to start installing it Mike? Is it anchored with some sort of big set type anchor, or? If it's a day I'm not doing something I'd love to assist and see how they go together!
 

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Got the lift installed today! With the help of Vall, my friend Chris and my brother we got 95% of the work finished. It still needs the fluid and power added. Thanks so much for the help!
 

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