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Technical Tips for moving cars in the dirt?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by alteredpilot, Oct 23, 2015.

  1. So I agreed to buy a '50 chevy from a gal here in the neighborhood. its shoved in a corner behind her house, next to the driveway where the lawn used to be. and there it has sat for the better part of 15 years. now i need to get it out. it has to move laterally to get it out from behind the house and onto the driveway where a tow truck can grab it.

    the owner's brother informed me that the brakes are frozen and for some reason the trans won't shift. even if i pulled the wheels and broke the drums off, there's still no way we're gonna be able to navigate it out of that spot without jacking it up and pulling it around. but its on dirt. my jack aint gonna roll in the dirt and neither are these wheel dollies. so what say you? maybe a few sheets of super thick plywood or something? what do you guys do in this situation?

    any input is appreciated.
  2. Hmmmmmnnnnn I would use my farm jack ( like the 4 wheel drive guys use) and jack one end at a time up and then tip it over. I would laugh but I really have done that.

    if you can get some 3/4 plywood under there for your jack to roll on that works, I have done that too.
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  3. Like he said, instead of plywood I have used waffle board,, it is cheaper but usually a one time use.
    If a tree is nearby use a come-along to skid over the dirt.
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  4. Mike51Merc
    Joined: Dec 5, 2008
    Posts: 3,825


    Plywood + sand under the tires and/or some plastic kid's sled under each wheel.
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  5. That sled idea is nifty!
  6. G V Gordon
    Joined: Oct 29, 2002
    Posts: 5,681

    G V Gordon
    from Enid OK

    No sure if where you live has a lot of agriculture but if it does, go to a farm implement store and see if they have any old used up disc blades, These are dished and would craddle the wheels and should also slide on the dirt pretty well. Same idea as the kids sled but beefier and not as apt to come apart.
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  7. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 9,106

    Rusty O'Toole

    Use planks or plywood wrapped in builder's plastic. Lube with shampoo and the tires will slide along easy. Get shampoo at the dollar store.

    You can also buy a set of dollies with casters that go under the wheels. These allow you to move a car around on a hard surface like cement. But the sliding method is probably easier.

    A tow truck will have a tow dolly to go under the wheels that will allow it to be towed on the road.

    Once you get it in the clear you will need a tow truck, tilt n load or trailer to get it home and once it is in your shop you can fix it properly. In the meantime all you need is tires that hold air, some planks and shampoo.

    This is too obvious but you don't need to make a trail all the way. You can drag the car a few feet until it is off the first boards, move the board, drag it some more, etc. This way you only need 2 sets of boards. Planks or chip board, whatever works.
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  8. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 3,760


    Plywood and car dollies, or plywood, dish soap, water and a winch. or just tell the tow driver to bring some chain. They're pros, they pull wrecked cars jammed in ditches all the time, might be worth the money.
  9. i called my buddy who works tow service/repo so hopefully in addition to some of these tips he might have a trick or two. thanks for your input so far. that soap deal is genius.
  10. Donald A. Smith
    Joined: Feb 19, 2011
    Posts: 273

    Donald A. Smith
    from Brook In.

    Park a pick up truck near the vehicle you want to drag Ply wood disk blades, Trash can lids kids snow sleds plastic, Just be careful and watch the cables or chains stay back, they could cut you in two! Don waiting to hear how this unfolds
  11. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 24,798

    Jalopy Joker

    cutting torch - Ha!
  12. Rent a forklift.
  13. Even heavy cardboard might be used for skidding around the corner,,
  14. Black Panther
    Joined: Jan 6, 2010
    Posts: 1,561

    Black Panther
    from SoCal

    I bought a car once that had a tree that had grown up in front of it. Had to pull it dead sideways first....same deal...all locked up. We sunk a pole in the ground and used a come along to pull it sideways...first the front then the back. A come a long makes short work of that kind of work. Like others have said...tow guys are used to weird shit like that too...they're good help.
  15. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 26,936


    That or a Skidsteer. Bob
  16. Raiman1959
    Joined: May 2, 2014
    Posts: 1,428


    I pulled two cars out of a briar patch out behind an old house in the dirt...used a 'handyman' tall jack with a bumper hook and stout chain wrapped around a tree...and slid the hubs (no wheels) on about 10 4x4 round posts...drug it right outta there like a railroad actually worked pretty good, and just slid on the damage...once clear, I pulled the rest of the way with my truck.;)
  17. stimpy
    Joined: Apr 16, 2006
    Posts: 3,547


    call evergreen and rent this [​IMG]

    and have him drop it off at the house ..
  18. one of our local tow outfits actually has a truck with a crane on it. don't think i haven't thought of calling them.
  19. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 3,760


    Learned the soap deal pulling a locked up car with 4 flats onto a trailer. Gallon jug of water and some dish soap, I was amazed.
  20. we all want pics of the operation.
  21. stimpy
    Joined: Apr 16, 2006
    Posts: 3,547


    I say plywood and sheet plastic with soap as a lube .. or make a set of PVC tube skates for the wheels and if its mud or dirt wet it and slide it out .
  22. woodbutcher
    Joined: Apr 25, 2012
    Posts: 3,198


    :D:rolleyes: Pictures Hell.We want a video.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
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  23. Dave Downs
    Joined: Oct 25, 2005
    Posts: 863

    Dave Downs
    from S.E. Penna

    <<<<<< See my avatar (sorry, I couldn't stop myself!!) :)
  24. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 6,179


    Plywood and cheap liquid dish soap from a dollar store. Come-alongs and another vehicle or stakes in the ground for pivot points. Better pack a lunch too. I am butch/56sedandelivery.
  25. Plywood, STP, and a come along. How tight, might just need to move the front over to hook up a wrecker. The wrecker could also be used in place of a come along. Good operator helps !!
  26. You have no idea how good this works. A couple of sheets of ply wood and the round plastic dish sleds. I did it once with a 50 chevy fast back that way with just a come - a - long and I had it on my trailer by myself in an hour.
  27. verde742
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 5,460


    4 logs, jack it up, two at each end, place logs PUSH, REPEAT, keep moving logs as it moves along. REPEAT..

    piece of cake,,

    also like the kids swimming pools, plywood and $1.00 store soap !!
  28. k9racer
    Joined: Jan 20, 2003
    Posts: 3,117


    Save your self a lot of work and hire a roll back. It good fast and reasonably priced compared to disk/plywood/soap and so on. it is also a lot less mess so less time is spent and less chance of you having a injury. Good Luck.. Bobby.
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  29. sunbeam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2010
    Posts: 4,798


    Lift it and roll a trailer house axle and wheels under it.
  30. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 4,060

    from Berry, AL

    Good vehicle with a good winch and a snatch block or two will slide it right out of there. I have slid many of them with just a come along and some chains, but a power winch is much faster and easier. If the tow truck driver is worth his wages, he'll have an assortment of chains and snatch blocks on the truck with him, and the knowledge of how to use them...
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