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Car Dolly
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Does anyone know of a reasonably priced rolling chassis/body dolly suitable for a suspension-less 1954 Packard Patrician? In other words, it needs to be supported by the chassis and can handle the weight of the body on it and later be used on the body by itself.

I know they are easy to make but I don't have the time or equipment (my shop has only an extension cord for power) so need one ready-made.

Posted on: 2/4 20:15
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What are you calling "reasonably priced"?
There's rectangular dollies that go under and there's the "twirler" kind like I have
where you can both remove the body from the frame or rotate the body once off the frame. I think I gave about $1600 for that 5 years ago.
Try some place like "auto body tool mart".
https://www.autobodytoolmart.com/
look under "car dollies".

Posted on: 2/5 14:12
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Thank you, I had already looked there but saw nothing I was looking for, which is a frame with four posts to hold the car off the ground for rolling and which can also hold the body alone so it would need flat pads of some sort. No, not a twirler as I'm not ready for that yet but a recommendation there would be helpful too.

I don't have a price in mind but certainly don't want to spend $10k either! I am really looking for one that others have used with the their '50s era Packards.

Posted on: 2/5 19:03
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Saw this on kijiji

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Automotive Rotisserie
$2,500.00
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Cranbrook, BC V1C 2M2(View Map)
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Resto-Revolver 4K rotisserie. This is the top of the line rotisserie built in Edmonton. Solid construction will help you access the difficult to reach parts of your project. This strong rotisserie will help keep you safe while working on your vehicle. Once balanced you can rotate your car singlehandedly. Lifting is easy with two 8 ton jacks and your choice of air powered or hand pump lifting power.

Posted on: 2/5 23:30
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1956 Clipper Deluxe Touring Sedan (5622)(parts car)
1955 Clipper Deluxe (basket case soon to be scrapped)
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If you can't attach a photo, it's either too large, a non supported file type, or the file has special characters in it, or too many dots in it, which causes the security software that drives the website to reject it.

Posted on: 2/6 0:18
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Thank you so much for the effort and I think I found this one from Summit Racing that should do the trick and even has extremely low shipping.

Of course, I'll need to get two so I am just waiting to hear back on how I can order for a specific delivery date range so that I'll a at my shop to receive it! I will eventually want a rotisserie too but no room for one at the moment!

Posted on: 2/6 2:03
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Those look great, Don - once I get my new garage built, I will loop up a couple as well. Nice to be able to easily move a car around, like those will allow. Also, that rotisserie in Cranbrook BC looks like a score for what you get. Not that far away from me either! Luckily I have no intentions of ever wanting a car project that would require one of those!! LOL. Chris.

Posted on: 2/6 19:00
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The dollies arrives yesterday (and got soaked in an unexpected downpour) but I did not order the optional chassis supports. They will apparently handle a chassis up to 3-1/2” rail width so before I order, does anyone know the rail width of a 1954 chassis?

Posted on: 2/18 21:44
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Check out section XI Frame in the 51-4 service manual. Depending on where you want to attach the dolly the width would vary but almost all the dimensions are shown.

Posted on: 2/18 22:35
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Howard, I had looked at that drawing earlier but if the width of the rails is there, i can’t spot t!

Posted on: 2/19 2:15
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