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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 5.0clay, Feb 6, 2018.

  1. 5.0clay
    Joined: Jul 7, 2009
    Posts: 8

    from Socal

    I'm in need of advice and help for shipping my recent purchase. I live in Houston TX and traveled to Tucson AZ for work. While in Tucson I came upon a front bumper for a 53 Buick super. I want to use the bumper on my car, and purchased it from a private seller. However, I flew here and need a way to get this 6-1/2 ft long bumper home. Any suggestions? I've talked to Greyhound and they are limiting me to 6 ft. UPS wants ALOT of money ($200+) and I'm not sure how to palletize it for using Fastenal. I'm running out of options.

    Thanks for any advice or help.

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  2. Vics stuff
    Joined: May 24, 2014
    Posts: 260

    Vics stuff

    I would put a ad in the classifieds for some help in moving that bumper from AZ to TX
  3. haileyp1014
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
    Posts: 904

    from so cal

    Greyhound. Super easy and cheap
  4. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 25,531


    Grayhound won't take packages over 6 ft long as he said.
    From the website
    What are your package weight and size restrictions?

    The maximum weight per package is 100 pounds. The maximum dimensions that we can accommodate are 29" H x 47" W x 82" L.
    That was off the Grayhound website.
    I think I'd be measuring that bumper again to see if it might be under 82 inches. You might just end up with a layer of cardboard on the ends of the box but it should fit if it is the 79.9 wide that it shows in the specs.
    Furniture stores are a good source for suitable cardboard boxes.
    You might check with Fastenal and see if they will take it in a good strong box rather than on a pallet as it is much lighter than the engines the guys normaly ship though them. The heavy stuff has to be on a pallet because there is no other way to move it besides forklift or pallet jack.

    You might want to check with the airline and see what the limits and cost are for carrying a large oversize piece of luggage. It's shorter than a pair of skis and as long as it is under 100 lbs you should be good. You would want to make a box that could be opened enough to look inside to inspect the contents by TSA as it won't make it though the machine but outside of "Hey Bill look at this a big old bumper, hand me that roll of tape." the don't have an issue with it. Bumpers don't hurt airplanes if they are in a box. I just retire from TSA last month. You might get by with 50 to 100 bucks that way and have it with you. Maybe the thrift store has an oversize ski bag it will fit in.
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  5. 40grit
    Joined: Jul 1, 2012
    Posts: 215


    Maybe your post is a typo but 82" is over 6 1/2 feet.

  6. vintage6t
    Joined: Jul 30, 2007
    Posts: 303

    from CT

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  7. I would stop at a home store and get a roll of shrink wrap, a roll of packing tape, a couple packing boxes, and a utility knife. Cut the boxes to fold over the ends, wrap the whole thing in shrink wrap. Tape on a address label and send by the hound. Shipped several fenders and body parts packed like this; received similar stuff too.
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  8. oldolds
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
    Posts: 2,750


    Go to Hertz, rent a car, put the bumper in the car and drive home.
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  9. phat rat
    Joined: Mar 18, 2001
    Posts: 4,288

    phat rat

    That could work out well. Rent one with a pass through from the trunk and it'll fit. A few years ago I was on vacation in Az. and bought a tailgate for an 02 pu in Phoenix and brought it home in the wifes Caddy. It wouldn't fit in the trunk so it rode in the backseat to Mi.
  10. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 3,869

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    I agree on checking with Greyhound or the airlines. I've seen plenty of surfboards going on flights.

    If this is a company trip, I assume they're paying your flight expenses. Maybe you can cancel the flight and have them pick up a car rental and a motel night in it's place as phat rat suggested.
  11. MrPhat40
    Joined: Apr 30, 2007
    Posts: 77


    You might try a moving and storage company ( Bekins in the Midwest)
    I shipped a 40 Ford seat to a fellow H.A.M.B. er this way and it went well. Upon arrival you go to the terminal and pick it up
    Only downside is the part might have to wait until a load is going to the destination city.
    Good Luck

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  12. 5.0clay
    Joined: Jul 7, 2009
    Posts: 8

    from Socal

    Thanks for all the suggestions . I checked with United airlines and they want $150 USD for large items like surfboards and skis (one way). And my company might get a little pissed with that, especially since I've been eating REAL good on the company card for the last 2 weeks.. haha. I checked greyhounds website and even busfreighter (which uses greyhound), however the guy at the counter told me 6 feet is the max. I didn't really want to argue what his company website says, because it could "oops" fall off the bus between stops.
    I went directly to a UPS hub today and it was about $60 cheaper than the franchise store front. Still weighing out options, but thanks for all the help so far.

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  13. Duke
    Joined: Mar 21, 2001
    Posts: 601


    You could try uship
  14. fordrodsteven
    Joined: Apr 1, 2017
    Posts: 99


    Reminds me of the old story about a guy wanting to carry a 5 foot fishing rod onto a bus. He was told nothing longer than 4 feet. He got a 3 X 4 box and put the rod in diagonally. (think 3-4-5 triangle) Can you utilize the same idea and put the bumper into something at a diagonal and get within the shipping size parameters you want?
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  15. eaglebeak
    Joined: Sep 17, 2007
    Posts: 1,072


    ^^^^Something like a bicycle box...
  16. I dropped off this 1914 Reo Chassis & Engine
    in Salinas, California this afternoon ....

    I haul parts along routes anchored by vehicle transport - if you can wait until the next time
    I head east along I-10 .......

    I might be able to help out.





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  17. nickleone
    Joined: Jun 14, 2007
    Posts: 315


    Greyhound max dims ar 82l x 47w x 30h max 100#
    I shipped for 10 years with Greyhound and those were the max dims.

  18. Piledrivin'Joe
    Joined: Dec 12, 2016
    Posts: 49


    Amtrak Freight

    Cheapest way to go and they’ll take anything. There’s not a lot of info online but if you show up at the Tucson station with it in a box and ask for the freight drop area then they’ll take care of you. 3 or 4 days later it will be in Houston and you can pick it up.

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  19. Shamus
    Joined: Jul 20, 2005
    Posts: 1,079

    from NC

    I have shipped large items by Greyhound several times - a '40 Ford hood in bubble wrap from NC to LA, CA, a few years back. They offer discounts to active duty military & veterans, maybe others. I always ask.
  20. phat rat
    Joined: Mar 18, 2001
    Posts: 4,288

    phat rat

    About 10 yrs ago I shipped a Model A repop bed with Greyhound. I also did some 40 Merc frt fenders. I think wonder if it depends on who's on duty at the station at the time of drop off.

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