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How to get dead car onto trailer?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jobe, Feb 12, 2007.

  1. Jobe
    Joined: Oct 19, 2004
    Posts: 1,249

    from Austin, Tx

    hey all,

    I'm looking to buy a 62 caddy parts car that doesn't have an engine or tranny. How would I put this onto a flat bed trailer? Could I use a come along puller? Tow straps from my truck and pull it up that way? winch?

    I'd like to do this myself and not have to call a hauler/transporter.

    thanks for any tips.

  2. Our trailer is a tilt. And has a winch on it. Works really well. We just recently pulled a 58 brookwood wagon up on it with no problem. The winch is an add on item. I don't know the company off hand, but works really well. Just hooks to the battery on your truck. and has a bracket on the trailer so ou can take it on and off.
  3. I use come alongs and a 10ft cable with eyes on both ends. Bring it up as far as I can, block the tires, move the come along and cable, bring it up further, etc etc. Takes awhile, but if you dont have help or an electric winch. Biggest and heaviest thing I did this way was a 72 3/4 ton truck with a big block. I may have been sweating a tad when I finished.
  4. bcarlson
    Joined: Jul 21, 2005
    Posts: 935


    I did the same thing with my '53 F-100... it's not so bad. Get a good come-along, and some chains to secure it when you re-adjust the comealong.

    Also, I wish I had done this, but didn't... if it's been sitting in the same spot for a long time on soft ground, try to pull it ahead a full cars length with a truck or skidsteer before trying to get it on the trailer. It might break the wheels free if they are stuck, and it'll get the car out of any tire holes.

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  5. 47bob
    Joined: Oct 28, 2005
    Posts: 625


    Assuming you have aired up tires; winch it on with a come-a-long.
  6. budd
    Joined: Oct 31, 2006
    Posts: 3,479


    when i went to pick up my truck i found out all the wheels were seized up and the tires wouldn`t hold air, so we towed it out of the shead/chicken coup with the farmers tractor, backed the trailer up to the front of the truck, unhooked the trailer and blocked the wheels and used the farmers tractor to tow it onto my trailer. then when i got home i chained the truck to my backhoe and pulled the trailer out from under the truck, all went pretty smoothly.
  7. Mudslinger
    Joined: Aug 3, 2005
    Posts: 1,946


    Comealong and chain, done this so many times. Tires can be flat as long as the frame doesnt catch it will drag it.
  8. HotRodFreak
    Joined: Mar 25, 2005
    Posts: 1,933


    Come along will do it.
    Come along aerobics will keep you warm. buy or borrow a winch.
  9. heavytlc
    Joined: Apr 13, 2005
    Posts: 472


    I have a winch on the front of my tow rig. I run the cable under the truck, over the front of the trailer and pull cars onto the trailer that way. I have used my tie downs to pull cars on before. A lot of work, but you get the trailer as close as you can, pull the car as far as you can until you have as much stap in the rachet as will fit, hook up a second strap so you can release the first. It takes awhile. A come-along is a better manual method, but not 100% needed.
  10. BenW455
    Joined: Feb 9, 2007
    Posts: 417


    If using a come a long take a friend so he can take over when you get tired.:) Sam's club sells a 8'000 pound winch for a little over 300.00 that you could mount on your trailer. Good luck and post pics when you get it. Ben
  11. boozoo
    Joined: Jul 3, 2006
    Posts: 539


    Yep... that's how I did the '47 parts truck.

    Takes a little while.... be careful and "think safety" and you'll be fine.
  12. cadillac dave
    Joined: Mar 17, 2006
    Posts: 669

    cadillac dave

    blow the tires up as much as you can. less surface area on the gound the easier it rolls. and most important is be safe. don't use under strength cheap ass cumalong or you might end up with broken cable..and worse yet a broken jaw when the cable hits a good quality cumalong..make sure someone else knows where you are and what you are doing. so you can call them when car is safely loaded. that way you are not hurt in the middle of nowhere and nobody knows where you first good luck cadillac dave
  13. Jobe
    Joined: Oct 19, 2004
    Posts: 1,249

    from Austin, Tx

    thanks for all the tips guys, I appreciate it.

    I'm mainly concerned with the weight of the vehicle. My 62 with engine and tranny is pushing 5,000 pounds. I'm guessing without engine and tranny it's about 4200-4500.
  14. 1600# boat winch on flatbed trailer.

    1800# boat winch in box trailer.

    Either winch will pull a complete 50 Plymouth on board easily.
    Use chocks under the wheels as you go.

    Draggin' a 2200# roadster on is easy.

    I've used come-alongs in the past, but the two ton model I had took forever to pull a 39 sedan onto the flatbed.
    The boat winches are considerably faster.

    Boat winches are fairly reasonable in cost.
    The 1800# one I bought about 3 years ago cost $32. or so.
    The cable is extra.

    An easy way out for mounting a boat winch on a flatbed trailer is to lay it on it's side on the right front corner.
    Use a snatch block to make the 90 degree turn for a direct pull up the trailer bed.

    My little brother had his flatbed trailer winch mounted on it's side and I think all it took was an additional strap of metal for proper bracing.

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  15. 59 brook
    Joined: Jun 12, 2005
    Posts: 1,017

    59 brook

    harbor freight or northern tools sells an inexpensive winch that hooks over a trailer ball and works off 12 volts less than a $100 .I have used this kind to load a few wagons chevy and ford some with flat tires cause the old tires wouldnt hold air . this does strain the winch as it shut down on the breaker once and i have had 2 go bad over the years but a good come along isn't much cheaper and it's a lot more work. only downside to the cheap one is only powers in .they used to sell one for around$125 which powered in and out
  16. BAD ROD
    Joined: Dec 16, 2004
    Posts: 1,453


    A week ago I put my 1959 Ranchero on a car trailer with a come-a-long. Works slick, just 1/2 inch at a time!

  17. if you use a come-a-long , be carefull...they can be finger pinchers

    and stay out of line with the cable , in case it breaks
  18. Neophyte
    Joined: Mar 27, 2006
    Posts: 335


    My issue with a come-a-long is to release the tension everytime all the cable is used up. I do sometimes actually use my chain block to pull a car on a trailer. After you've chocked the wheels it's eeasy to release the tension on the chain. I've even used it to unload as well when you can't let the car just run off the trailer by "lowering" it down.
  19. haring
    Joined: Aug 20, 2001
    Posts: 2,327


    Whatever you do, be careful.

    I've seen a winch cable break on a two rig, and it's scary.

    I've also seen 4 large men lose control of a car as they were manually pushing it up into a box trailer. It started to roll back down the ramp. That's one way to motivate old men to take up running.
  20. 39 Ford
    Joined: Jan 22, 2006
    Posts: 1,558

    39 Ford

    Get a comalong and a long piece of chain, You may have to block the rear wheels several times while you reposition the rig as it comes up the ramps. This works for me, good luck.
  21. JDHolmes
    Joined: Nov 25, 2006
    Posts: 918

    from Spring TX

    I always use a come along with a chain or strap. Crank til ya can't crank no more, chock the wheels, re-rig and crank some more. Get a two ton come along and no problems except sore upper back and arms from cranking on the witch.

    Winch would be great if you had one installed already. If not, do it manually. I've seen guys you block and tackle...takes forever. Come along is cheap and effective.

    Easiest way, however, would be lifting straps and a 5 ton crane. Most dont' have a crane handly though. I have also used an extended reach fork and lifting straps. $500 a day is a bit expensive though.
  22. oktr6r
    Joined: Feb 14, 2006
    Posts: 725

    from Tulsa

    Harbor freight sells a cheap 12V winch for under $50 that'll work. I loaded a Chevy G20 van (3/4 ton) on a trailer with mine.
  23. afan
    Joined: Jan 1, 2006
    Posts: 283

    from michigan

    if the wheels won't turn put some liquid soap on the deck of the trailer it helps and it washes off when you are done
  24. Terry
    Joined: Jul 3, 2002
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  25. rdachsdog
    Joined: Dec 31, 2005
    Posts: 234

    from michigan

    I actually used to hook 4 cheap comalongs together to not have to rehook every 5 feet or so. Hated it but never had the cash for a good winch. Everyone I knoe that bought those cheap winches burnede them up after 3 or 4 uses. Then I scored a heavy duty boat winch, sort of a gear reduction unit with 3 gears instead of two for 10 bucks at an auction. It does crank slow, but I've pulled a 60 olds 98 with 2 flats up on my trailer and never strained it or had to mess with rehooking all the time.

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