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Wheel dollies dont work!!
#1
Maybe I just bought the wrong ones and from the wrong place (Harbor Freight) but the wheel dollies I bought I can barely move the car by myself.  The back end moves around with very little effort but the front end where all the weight is will barely budge.  I can move it if I put a jack under the front cross member and take some of the weight off but then I have to maneuver the jack and the dollies on the front and it really isnt that much easier to move that way.  Is there a better set of dollies out there that would work better?

Thanks!
Wade
1972 Mach 1 351 cj 4speed
"We confide in our strength, without boasting of it; we respect that of others, without fearing it."--Thomas Jefferson

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#2
I have a couple set of the dollies from HF. No issues at all moving vehicles around with them. Maybe you got a bad set?

'73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

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#3
I'm able to move my car on HF dollies too. If you have open expansion joints in your floor that will be a problem.



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#4
Wade,
Did you not eat your wheaties, lol. I have couple sets also and can move by myself with bad back. My floor is very smooth also. Take them out and put a drop of oil on the casters and the balls on the bases and see if it helps. A little lube goes a long way..


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#5
A lot of Harbor Freight items are actually a kit.

You open the box and it is about 70% correct... You have to dial in the last 30% with tools blood and some cursing.
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#6
Yes, these have to be assembled and have the casters put on. If they aren't installed correctly, and tightened down, the casters won't swivel and make the car nearly impossible to move.

The quality of mine is farly good.



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#7
When I first bought my car in 2001, I borrowed a set of work-made carts that had 4 American made casters from the 60's. You could practically move the car on them with one hand. After a couple months, I decided I should return them and bought a set of dollies from a tool vendor at a swap meet. After assembly, they took three people to move the car. Took them out one by one and lubed the caster and the wheels with synthetic grease. Much improved movement and only took medium effort by me to move the car.


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#8
A lot depends on the quality of the garage floor as well as having bearings in the casters.

I recently upgraded from the steel dollies with bearing wheels to the ones Eastwood sells with little hydraulic jacks in them. I was getting tired of having to get the floor jack out every time to lift the car in order to place or remove the dollies.

Unfortunately, my garage floor has a downward pitch and its a rough concrete. I'm sure things would roll around a lot better if the floor was flat and epoxy coated smooth.
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#9
Hmmm... I have a smooth garage floor and did take apart and lube the caster but the problem seems to be the weight is so heavy on them up front that they won't swivel. The back of the car I can almost push iwth one hand and it moves wherever I want.

Thanks!
Wade
1972 Mach 1 351 cj 4speed
"We confide in our strength, without boasting of it; we respect that of others, without fearing it."--Thomas Jefferson

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(10-14-2018, 10:10 AM)scgamecock Wrote: Hmmm... I have a smooth garage floor and did take apart and lube the caster but the problem seems to be the weight is so heavy on them up front that they won't swivel.  The back of the car I can almost push iwth one hand and it moves wherever I want.

I had the exact same issue. I put some grease in and that did the trick.

Jeff
1972 Q Code Convertible
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