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    Noi Pickup No Problem

    Hi everyone

    Well, I know I should have a pickup if I'm going to be a "real woodworker" but that isn't in the cards.

    So when I have to lug big sheets of ply or a load of lumber I use this temporary rack I made out of 2x4s.Attachment 5161

    There are two "C" brackets on each board, construction adhesive and drywall screws the "C" faces forward and the roof rack bar is captured by another block of wood secured with a drywall screw through the 2x4 into the bottom part of the "C"Attachment 5162

    Then I load it up and secure with a bunch of clamps.

    Don't drive more than 45 mph with this rig, but it gets the stuff home and I don't get TOO many funny looks
    Last edited by Jay Lock; 11-04-2007 at 11:23 AM.

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    Looks risky to me. I can't imagine life without a pick-up. But even for a small car, you could have a hitch installed and get a small trailer. A 4'X8' tilt trailer costs (around here) about $450.00 and can be used for a lot of things besides wood.

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    Frank

    Yes, but then, where would I put the trailer? We live on a very small piece of property, corner lot, not a lot of free space and SWMBO is not going to be happy with a trailer in the front lawn.

    Actually when the whole thing is clamped down it is very rigid, much more so than tying stuff to the roof rack. And the roof rack locks into threaded portions of the car's frame so they aren't going anywhere.

    So far, so good.

    Jay

    PS When I have big loads to haul I cajole a friend who has a pickup but I don't want to be a pest............. besides buying him lunch as payment, I have to put up with 10 min or so of Real Men have pickups not those yuppie Volvo things"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Knoll View Post
    ...Yes, but then, where would I put the trailer?
    On the roof rack?

    Looks like a workable idea, Jay, although I'm not sure I understand the details of how the various pieces are attached to the roof rack. I've been hesitant to use a roof rack ever since my dad lost a couple suitcases from one at highways speed when I was a kid (about 1/4 mile of clothes, as I recall), but it looks like you've got a handy wat to attach wood long enough to get it home. Beats having it stick out a window.

    I sure do enjoy having the Ranger pickemup up truck, so I don't have to use my Lexus yuppiemobile as a lumber hauler anymore. (Thanks, Dad.)
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    Jay, are you aware that most factory roof racks are only rated at 100# to 125#? Aftermarket racks have different ratings but most aren't much more, if any, than the factory weight limits. Most people don't take into consideration all the forces (like "lift", for one...) being applied to the stuff that gets put on top of and in the bed of our cars and trucks.

    Just a note of caution. Liability to you if anything was to fly off could be devastating.
    Last edited by Mark Rios; 02-24-2007 at 09:09 PM.
    Thanks, Mark.

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    Vell now Lars that ther svedish Ford vould haul a bit more if youd ust cut off the back of the body ust like the Beverley Hillbillies den you ust built a wooden hinder end vith plenty ovf room.


    If you have a garage I did see where a guy hung 4 pulleys with hooks & ropes running to a boat winch on the wall & backed his little trailer under the hooks & lifted it up against the ceiling & backed his car under it. Hillbilly engineering just think outside of the box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Knoll View Post
    Frank

    Yes, but then, where would I put the trailer? We live on a very small piece of property, corner lot, not a lot of free space and SWMBO is not going to be happy with a trailer in the front lawn.

    Actually when the whole thing is clamped down it is very rigid, much more so than tying stuff to the roof rack. And the roof rack locks into threaded portions of the car's frame so they aren't going anywhere.

    So far, so good.

    Jay

    PS When I have big loads to haul I cajole a friend who has a pickup but I don't want to be a pest............. besides buying him lunch as payment, I have to put up with 10 min or so of Real Men have pickups not those yuppie Volvo things"


    Is this the place where I start bragging about my 1 1/2 acres in the Ozarks surrounded by several hundred acres of woods, with creek, cliffs, etc?
    Naw, that would be rude. I won't do that.

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    Nothing like being proud of your achievements and then many thinking it dumb. It sounds secure, and sure you drive carefully when loaded, so good job. There is a small 4X8 trailer sold by Harbor Freight that you can stand on its end and the tongue folds down so you can stand it against the wall of your garage under the eaves if you want.

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    Looks neater than bug poop to me Jay.
    If it works.... don't fix it.

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    Way to go Jay! A guy has to do what he has to do. I know.

    I have the fold up trailer that you are talking about Jonathan. It works really good but I do get a little tired of setting it up at times. Doesn't take long but just a little pain. My next vehicle is going to be a pickup. I miss my old F150 even though it had so many miles on it that pieces were falling off.

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