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Datsun310Guy MegaDork
8/13/22 11:42 p.m.

If it was like a lot of my neighbors they would tell you to sell them.  Why would you need these tools? (Seriously, I'm like the only guy that works on cars in my 'hood.  Darn yuppies)

Brotus7 Dork
8/14/22 7:35 a.m.

At that kind of weight, I'd be really cautious about wheeling it up much of a ramp.  There's a lot of top heavy potential energy there.

Enclosed low deck trailer or the drop deck equipment trailer get my vote if you're doing it yourself.

Can it be picked up with a forklift? I wonder if you could wrap it up and ship it with a LTL company.

No Time
No Time SuperDork
8/14/22 10:05 a.m.

In reply to Brotus7 :

Having worked for an LTL company as a freight handler on the dock, I wouldn't ship it that way unless it was crated up and completely enclosed. 

There are companies that will crate it up for shipment. Many will come to your location, or you could use a rollback to get it to them, so that might be an option if you wanted to go LTL. 

bmw88rider GRM+ Memberand UberDork
8/14/22 10:20 a.m.

In reply to No Time :

Yeah I would have it crated for sure if I did LTL. I ran a parts warehouse for GE transportation for a few years so I know what all of that looks like behind the scenes.

I'll see it here in a couple weeks so I'll have a better idea then. 


Unfortunately that is a lot of hoods now. I'll be handing my knowledge down to my nephews as they are pretty eager to learn. I think we are going to build up a Turbo Miata since I have a bunch of parts for the build already.  Between this and my already decent tool stash which I will probably hand down, it'll be good for all. 

Appleseed MegaDork
8/14/22 2:00 p.m.

Do you know anyone with excavation equipment? The old man once helped a buddy move his massive chest. Shrink wrapped the drawer (with tools in place) and hoisted it onto the trailer the backhoe came off off with heavy duty slings. No stress on the chest's castors.

slefain UltimaDork
8/15/22 9:11 a.m.

Sorry for your loss man, sounds like he was cool dude.

However you move it I'd be in full stealth mode doing it. Try to do the drive in one day so you don't have to park in a motel overnight. While the box would be hard to steal, meth heads would beat a path to the nearest pawn shop with the tools themselves. Seen more than a few news reports of people having their entire moving truck stolen from a motel parking lot too.

Ian F (Forum Supporter)
Ian F (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
8/15/22 9:16 a.m.

Sorry for your loss.

I agree with the Penske truck w/ a lift gate option.   You will probably need to remove some of the tools to get it under weight.

DrBoost MegaDork
4/25/24 8:55 a.m.

I used a rollback truck to get from one dealership to a shop. Then I downsided lol. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Publisher
4/25/24 9:18 a.m.

I moved one about that size with a standard wood-floor enclosed trailer. (Helped my buddy move shops a few years back).

It pretty seriously deformed the plywood floors, and that was for a 10-mile move. Maybe it would have been fine for 800, but don't think your average enclosed trailer will be totally happy doing this. I'd suggest steel open trailer, forklift to load and hopefully unload, and do the drive in one day. 

DrBoost MegaDork
4/25/24 1:35 p.m.
stuart in mn said:

Remove the drawers to get it under the lift gate weight limit.

That's even less fun that it sounds. Been there, done that. The drawers, especially the short ones, have very little resisting to twisting. It ends up being a two person job for the drawers. The taller drawers have more resistance to twisting, but not a lot more. On top of all that, the drawers become Very heavy. Then you stack them on the lift gate, the stack becomes really precarious because the top of the drawer is taller than the rear. It becomes a $40,000 game of Jenga.

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
4/25/24 8:06 p.m.

I'm guessing that spam revived this 1.5 year old thread but, I'd like to hear what the route/solution was. 

glueguy (Forum Supporter)
glueguy (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand Dork
4/25/24 10:07 p.m.

I hate when this happens.  I get to the end and then realize it was zombied.  I too hope to hear the outcome.


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