Do you even lift bro?

Blaine- The artist formerly known as Plumber Crack "(OFMC)" /
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The wait is finally over. I bought a used 9000 pound lift about 5 years ago, and a house about 4yrs with a barn big enough to put it in, almost. The first floor of the barn has 8ft ceilings. Someone had raised a 20'x22' section of the second floor to 11-1/2ft. I needed at least 12ft to install the lift.

After years of some long thought out planning, i still had no real plan and just started cutting things loose about 3 weeks ago. Using three come-a-longs, 2 20 ton jacks, 2 long bottle jacks from engine hoists, a bunch of pressure treated 4x4's, it only took me about an hour to lift it 19", As well as widened it by 2ft.The cutting loose and setting everything up leading up to it took about 2 weeks of evenings and weekends.

I had my friend give me a hand standing the uprights up and used his kickass hammer drill to drill 16 3/4" holes to lag it to the concrete.

We used his 4 door diesel 3500 Ram with an 8ft bed to determine exactly where to position the lift. With his truck in my barn, i've only got about a foot in front and behind it, but i can lift it. The barn is 30ft deep so there's plenty of room to work in front of it.

Hoping this thing will still be making me money long after retirement, if my wrinkled ass can still turn a wrench. I still need to enclose and insulate everything before winter hits, but that'll be the easy part.

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I do. scaled down this time due to 10 ft ceilings, but works for me.

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You got a lift? And a Porsche??

Fuck...... I can't even grow a beard.

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wow.

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i have garage envy.

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ephraim zimbalist jr /

not bad for a snapper head

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What does that even mean

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Blaine- The artist formerly known as Plumber Crack "(OFMC)" /

Revvin' Kevin Wrote:

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> i have garage envy.

I've always wanted/needed a big garage. I just wish i was 20yrs younger. It's been a long hard road and it just keeps getting harder.

@chance- did you just get released? Haven't seen you around here in years. My old garage only had 10 ft ceilings with a second floor. The 25x25 was ok, but they used a 25ft 8" i-beam to support the second floor across the middle, but they ran it side to side, or i could have raised the second floor of one bay to install the lift.

We were looking for a larger house and we found this place. Built in 1860, the house needed a lot of work, but well within my price range because of it's condition.

I spent over a year on the house updating the entire heating/cooling system, electrical, plumbing, remodeling the bathrooms, and a shit ton of painting. A few odds and ends since then, but all of that hard work paid off as it more than doubled the value of the house and now i've got "instant" equity, on paper anyway. Now i'm finally getting the garage in order.

The barn was built as a carriage house. It's 50ft wide and 30ft deep. Originally the doors entered in the middle of the 30ft side, and you could drive your carriage straight out the other side, with 5 stalls on each side for the horses. Originally there was a post every 10ft inside. In that shot of the barn, you can see the 2 rollup doors and a tri-fold barn door. They raised the second floor (roughly 20'x20') just inside of the two rollup doors and used a 6"x10" TREE to support the floor and eliminate the post between those two bays.

In the far opposite back corner of the first floor, they walled off 20'x20', so it's like the back room. When you entered through the trifold door, a few feet in front of you were the steps leading to the second floor. I moved them to the other side of the wall, so now the steps are in the back room where they belong and i have 3 bays to pull in and the motorcycle lift will go in the remaining front left corner.

The hole in the floor left from where the steps were, i put one of those cheap HF electric hoists, so i can hoist big shit upstairs. At my old garage i put a 28x60 hole in the floor along the side wall. Using bed frame angle iron, rebar, some garage door track and a few rollers, i made a platform elevator using a HF hoist. I might do that here, only bigger.

The 9' bay doors are tight together, so centering the lift in the second bay would have put the lift into the other bay, so i needed to widen the section of raised floor to be able to move the lift over, which left the 20' 6"x10" tree too short, so i supported the end of it with 2" 1/4" thick angle and doubled up on some of the timbers.

In that pic of the barn you can see a window high up on the second floor on the side. They raised the floor to just below the bottom of that window. Now the floor is in the middle of that window, so i've kinda gained a skylight in the garage too.

Here you can see the post that was supporting it still there. They scabbed a post on to the side of the first floor post with a half lap joint. I moved everything over two feet.

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There's a 1931 license plate hanging there that i found holding a door in the floor closed.

This is after moving the first floor post over.

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This is the beam extension/support viewed from the rear of the second floor facing back toward the bay doors.

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Good work Blaine!!! Pics not working though bud....

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Blaine- The artist formerly known as Plumber Crack "(OFMC)" /

That's weird. They just got lost.

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Blaine- The artist formerly known as Plumber Crack "(OFMC)" /
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Blaine- The artist formerly known as Plumber Crack "(OFMC)" /
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^ wrong pic. Supposed to be this one.

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LOL Blaine. No, I have been here all along. just been using the name Ephraim Zimbalist Jr.

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Blaine- The artist formerly known as Plumber Crack "(OFMC)" /

^ Oh...ok snapper head. ;)

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Blaine- The artist formerly known as Plumber Crack "(OFMC)" /

Note to self:

Never, ever buy a broken BMW again. Fine German engineering? Bullshit. Those fine German engineers died decades ago. Nothing is designed to be serviced.

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^must be related to VW/Audi designers!

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Yep! I lift. 9000 lbs. too. Got it a coupla years ago and mounted it on a thick slab I poured for it in my gravel driveway in Ohio. Don't worry about headroom....just thunderstorms...Ha!

Now I gotta get one for Florida..............LOL!

They are so handy, and I've even put my riding mower up on it. Makes my life easier.

don-ohio (:^)

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Blaine- The artist formerly known as Plumber Crack "(OFMC)" /

^^ Yes, VWs and Audis are disposable cars too, but i just couldn't sit back and watch this one go to the scrap yard, although it still might end up there. I figured if anything, i'd sell the wheels and tires, put the 57way power heated seats in my truck and scrap the rest.

The body and interior on this 740i are in great shape, and it's a sport model, so it has navigation, lowered suspension, "M" wheels, etc... Tires are 80%. Even all of the pixels work in the dash, but the timing chain guides were laying in the pan in million pieces and a few valves got bent.

I've actually gotten away with straightening doinked valves before but these are really tweaked hard. I was trying to do this project on the cheap, but even the gaskets are expensive as hell, and there's a lot of them. I've toyed with the idea of a SBC swap, but i don't love it that much.

I want to pop a few rod and main caps yet and have a peek at the bearings to see where this project is headed.

The book time on just replacing the timing chain guides - over 22 hours. You can triple that number if it jumped time and bent valves.

They really fucked this motor up when they re-designed it for VVT. They use one chain to run both banks. They used to have an idler sprocket in the valley to run the chain from one bank to the other. Those motors ran forever. When they "updated" it, they swapped out the idler sprocket for a U shaped guide in the center of the valley. Using a guide with a gentle curve between two sprockets to keep chain slap to a minimum is ok, but to use a plastic guide to totally change the direction of the chain was a dumb idea.

This may have been ok if BMW could make an engine that doesn't leak oil, but after being run low on oil a few times, the U guide gets eaten away.

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> Blaine- The artist formerly known as Plumber Crack "(OFMC)" Wrote:

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> Note to self:

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> Never, ever buy a broken BMW again. Fine German engineering? Bullshit.

> Those fine German engineers died decades ago. Nothing is designed to be

> serviced.

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I worked at a Mercedes/BMW salvage parts place years ago killing cars. I might buy an '80s or early '90s Mercedes diesel but no BMWs. It was disappointing seeing how they're put together.

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You don't make money by building cars to last. that's really mindlessly obvious.

you make money by building oversize SUV's with slightly better mileage or power than the next guy, and fill it up with relatively cheap accessory packages to create to illusion of luxury and disproportionately jack up the price.

then make sure it only lasts to the end of a lease, or 5 yr 100,000 mile... every used car is money out of your pocket.

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Blaine- The artist formerly known as Plumber Crack "(OFMC)" /

^ i don't disagree with you at all. I've always said they're all junk. However, BMW/Audi/VW could make even more profit if they designed there trash to be easily assembled instead of being so labor intensive. They do use a lot of plastic and a lot of snap together/break apart technology, but a lot of the stupidity could be eliminated. Like, is a water cooled alternator necessary? Or a motor mount bracket leaking oil, because they plumb the remote oil filter through it. Electric water pumps and thermostats? Really? The list is endless.

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A shame, the 7 serries are such good looking cars too....I see them cheap all the time, but don't dare for the repair costs. But when you see a 70k car for $2,500, you know it will soak you somewhere down the line, good luck!

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i can lift a dyna wide glide up off the sidewalk all by myself. my tomos knocks it over sometimes...

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> mit mortso Wrote:

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> i can lift a dyna wide glide up off the sidewalk all by myself. my tomos

> knocks it over sometimes...

The Tomos or the big dude hopped up on roofies and bath salts barreling into it at wide open throttle after a night of virgin margaritas at Applebee's?

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Blaine- The artist formerly known as Plumber Crack "(OFMC)" /

> Stephen Keller Wrote:

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> A shame, the 7 serries are such good looking cars too....I see them

> cheap all the time, but don't dare for the repair costs. But when you

> see a 70k car for $2,500, you know it will soak you somewhere down the

> line, good luck!

I agree. I think the E38(94-01) 7 series have a classic style. The 3 and 5 series seem out of place, as i feel a luxury car should be roomy. They're like a fully loaded Escort.

I think the E38 was one of the first with that aggressive "low brow" headlights look, and the 18" low-profile wheels and tires that became common a decade ago.

At that $70k msrp, i feel i stole it at .5%($350) of it's original sale price. I just wish it wasn't sooo fucked up. Hoping to have less than a grand in it once it's done, and a shit ton of labor.

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It's black too...great looking car, and the price is right IF you have the skills and tools to fix, I can see why you did not want to see it junked. :) for a grand you will have a hell of a nice car, hope you get it sorted out.

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Hell for that kind of cost in parts (and any special tools needed) could you just find a used engine and swap it?

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Blaine- The artist formerly known as Plumber Crack "(OFMC)" /

I 'd be lucky to find a "good" motor for under $2k.

The guide set is like $240 and the timing tool kits sell for around $100, and i've seen complete heads on ebay for $250-$300. out of 16 intake valves, i've got 4 bent ones. Two in each head. I can pull two from one head to fix the other. I haven't called the dealer yet about a price on 4 valves. Still want to check out the bearings in thme bottom end before i spend money on anything. This car may very well end up where it was originally headed.

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Blaine- The artist formerly known as Plumber Crack "(OFMC)" /
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Hahahahaha that’s awesome!!

Get er done

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