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Atacama Yellow 35is build thread

Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2022 6:00 pm
by B21
New scissor lift sort of installed and tested..very pleased overall..like all things a few limitations and issues..but compared to grovelling around on the floor with a little car jack a major step forward..full review here..

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Atacama Yellow 35is build thread

Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2022 11:12 pm
by Mr Tidy
That looks like a lovely bit of kit. :thumbsup:

Similar to what someone in a now unmentionable shed used on my 2nd Z4!

But you're giving me serious garage envy. :lol:

Atacama Yellow 35is build thread

Posted: Fri Sep 23, 2022 9:10 am
by B21
Mr Tidy wrote: Thu Sep 22, 2022 11:12 pm That looks like a lovely bit of kit. :thumbsup:

Similar to what someone in a now unmentionable shed used on my 2nd Z4!

But you're giving me serious garage envy. :lol:
Yes pretty pleased at how it’s coming together…it’s been a long journey…

Atacama Yellow 35is build thread

Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2022 5:27 pm
by B21
So following on from the various realisations of how these scissor jacks work in practice , in regard to low slung cars , we used 10 8 by 2 boards to fabricate a chunky and multi option ramp system …

Now the Z4vcan be easily positioned and gets some much need centre clearance to get to exhaust system and prop shaft if required..

It looks a bit obstructive if you intend to use your garage as a play den, gym etc..however if you are using it as a garage the car footprint covers the whole area..

Atacama Yellow 35is build thread

Posted: Sun Sep 25, 2022 1:01 pm
by peeblezZ4
Amazing stuff. I'll need to pop down for a coffee and tour of your facility. :thumbsup:

Atacama Yellow 35is build thread

Posted: Sun Sep 25, 2022 1:24 pm
by john-e89
Maybe worth screwing a couple of wood blocks on the back of the boards as a physical stop so you can just raise the car and not have to bother looking if you're in the correct position. You've prob thought of that but one never knows.... :thumbsup:

Atacama Yellow 35is build thread

Posted: Sun Sep 25, 2022 1:30 pm
by B21
peeblezZ4 wrote: Sun Sep 25, 2022 1:01 pm Amazing stuff. I'll need to pop down for a coffee and tour of your facility. :thumbsup:
You’re very welcome anytime..cappuccino machine always locked and loaded :thumbsup: :rofl:

Atacama Yellow 35is build thread

Posted: Sun Sep 25, 2022 1:32 pm
by B21
john-e89 wrote: Sun Sep 25, 2022 1:24 pm Maybe worth screwing a couple of wood blocks on the back of the boards as a physical stop so you can just raise the car and not have to bother looking if you're in the correct position. You've prob thought of that but one never knows.... :thumbsup:
John, strangely my dreams last night were thinking that one through..ideally need to cope with both front and rear end entries.. :thumbsup:

Measuring up this afternoon :thumbsup:

Atacama Yellow 35is build thread

Posted: Sun Sep 25, 2022 1:35 pm
by john-e89
I would love that garage, the smell of wood must be epic.

Atacama Yellow 35is build thread

Posted: Sun Sep 25, 2022 2:17 pm
by True-Blue
That’s looks fantastic :thumbsup:

The only thing that is puzzling me slightly is, is there enough clearance to swing the arms out with the car in position?

It looks like they’d foul on the wheels? Is it a case of driving over the arms and putting the lifting pads on the arms afterwards? Might be more straightforward than it looks, I’m sure it is :thumbsup:

Brilliant set up though

Atacama Yellow 35is build thread

Posted: Sun Sep 25, 2022 5:25 pm
by B21
B21 wrote: Sun Sep 25, 2022 1:32 pm
john-e89 wrote: Sun Sep 25, 2022 1:24 pm Maybe worth screwing a couple of wood blocks on the back of the boards as a physical stop so you can just raise the car and not have to bother looking if you're in the correct position. You've prob thought of that but one never knows.... :thumbsup:
John, strangely my dreams last night were thinking that one through..ideally need to cope with both front and rear end entries.. :thumbsup:

Measuring up this afternoon :thumbsup:
Another issue was my ramp was a bit severe requiring an undignified amount of throttle climbing up two levels..so I cut it back into two more discrete steps..plus added a John end stop which works well..

Just now ensuring a good draft / water resistant threshold..

Atacama Yellow 35is build thread

Posted: Sun Sep 25, 2022 6:11 pm
by B21
john-e89 wrote: Sun Sep 25, 2022 1:35 pm I would love that garage, the smell of wood must be epic.
John it was overpowering to start with..sadly now just a whiff of pinus…lovely warm n dry feeling and plenty of natural light…

Sparkies this week should add a night time ambiance… :thumbsup: :tumbleweed: :rofl:

Atacama Yellow 35is build thread

Posted: Sun Sep 25, 2022 6:15 pm
by B21
True-Blue wrote: Sun Sep 25, 2022 2:17 pm That’s looks fantastic :thumbsup:

The only thing that is puzzling me slightly is, is there enough clearance to swing the arms out with the car in position?

It looks like they’d foul on the wheels? Is it a case of driving over the arms and putting the lifting pads on the arms afterwards? Might be more straightforward than it looks, I’m sure it is :thumbsup:

Brilliant set up though
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Yes the side arms are stowed in their inside positions as the car is driven on, then you swing them out to meet the jack points..it’s not clear but they slide in a channel about 250mm long so you can slide as well as swing if that make sense?

The pucks that take the load from the arms to the jack points obviously slide along so you are never in a position where something is not quite right..

The fact that the arms slide to an extent means that you can move the arm away from say a bolt under the car that is just obstructed by an arm.. :thumbsup:

Atacama Yellow 35is build thread

Posted: Sun Sep 25, 2022 6:43 pm
by True-Blue
B21 wrote: Sun Sep 25, 2022 6:15 pm
True-Blue wrote: Sun Sep 25, 2022 2:17 pm That’s looks fantastic :thumbsup:

The only thing that is puzzling me slightly is, is there enough clearance to swing the arms out with the car in position?

It looks like they’d foul on the wheels? Is it a case of driving over the arms and putting the lifting pads on the arms afterwards? Might be more straightforward than it looks, I’m sure it is :thumbsup:

Brilliant set up though
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Yes the side arms are stowed in their inside positions as the car is driven on, then you swing them out to meet the jack points..it’s not clear but they slide in a channel about 250mm long so you can slide as well as swing if that make sense?

The pucks that take the load from the arms to the jack points obviously slide along so you are never in a position where something is not quite right..

The fact that the arms slide to an extent means that you can move the arm away from say a bolt under the car that is just obstructed by an arm.. :thumbsup:
That makes perfect sense, thought I must be missing something :thumbsup:

Atacama Yellow 35is build thread

Posted: Sun Sep 25, 2022 7:30 pm
by john-e89
B21 wrote: Sun Sep 25, 2022 6:11 pm
john-e89 wrote: Sun Sep 25, 2022 1:35 pm I would love that garage, the smell of wood must be epic.
John it was overpowering to start with..sadly now just a whiff of pinus…lovely warm n dry feeling and plenty of natural light…

Sparkies this week should add a night time ambiance… :thumbsup: :tumbleweed: :rofl:
I used to keep a bale of hey in the previous workshop for the smell....at least you don't have cow s**t whiffing across the area like at my new workshop.... :rofl: