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April 29, 2017
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therealbil
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Hi folks. Just put in an order for a full Zero kit (zetec). I like the looK of the gbs trestle/chassis cradle, but it costs a small fortune. I was wondering if anyone here has come up with a cheaper solution?
Any suggestions greatfully received.
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April 29, 2017
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I just used a pair of trestles off the internet (loads sell them - about £30 for the pair) until I got to putting the engine in, when I moved down to axle stands.

April 29, 2017
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Cheers for that Nelmo. I was thinking of doing that. My garage is quite small so I was thinking that if I could fix wheels to the tressles, I could get to work all around the car without having to constantly shift the tressles about.

April 29, 2017
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I managed to inherit a pair of old builders trestles to start my build. They were great for putting all the early stuff on like the diff and side panels and even made putting the wrap on easier. Also being in a single garage it meant I could store the rest of the kit underneath until I needed it.

April 29, 2017
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I used 2 pallets with a set of sturdy robust castors on. Got me all the way to rolling chassis stage and now the car is on it's wheels the trolley is now for the engine.

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April 29, 2017
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they do some cheaper trestles as well as the build frame

April 29, 2017
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Yeah rolling chassis is what you need to aim for so you don't need the axle stands. It only took three of us to lift mine off the trestles and put it down on its wheels. It did resemble most of a car just without engine and gearbox. I had two mates at the back and me at the front with swmbo underneath taking the trestles out.

April 30, 2017
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personal thing, but I would Differ.

Build it in the air, and drop it when finished. Yes ready to drive away.

But I am old, and like things at a working height. and I have never built one in a "standard" garage. horses for courses as they say.

April 30, 2017
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Thanks all. Some food for thought there. Simon I think I'll probably keep the whole build in the air until I'm ready to take it out of the garage. I'm not as young as I'd like to be and I also have Parkinson's disease which means I can be a bit stiff sometimes. Keeping at working height will probably be best for me. I think I'll mount trestles on boards and fit them with lockable wheels.

April 30, 2017
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Just remember it must take the full weight of the car, with a safety margin.

You must also consider getting it of the stands at the end.

There is a balance point that allows a hefty engine hoist to lift the vehicle as one, just remember though you will need to lower it onto blocks or stands so you can get the engine crane out

April 30, 2017
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Just a warning - none of those cheap trestles will be strong enough for the whole car. When I took my trestles out, the rear one was starting to buckle with the rear suspension and diff in. The front one would never have been able to hold the car with engine in.

May 2, 2017
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I did much the same as others and bought a cheap pair of trestles, but the pair I had were rated to 300kg each so could take the whole car weight. Shop about and look for the highest weight support, still wouldn't trust mine with 300kg though!!

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May 2, 2017
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http://www.kitspares.co.uk/ind.....uct_id=649

used to stand vehicles on these, even with engines in, do not know there design weight though

May 2, 2017
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I made mine up of steam pipe and 2" angle, they would hold up the Queen Mary. ?

May 3, 2017
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Simon said
http://www.kitspares.co.uk/ind.....uct_id=649

used to stand vehicles on these, even with engines in, do not know there design weight though  

Yeah, mine cost me £27 (for both) - not surprised they were buckling... Cool

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