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#331 OFFLINE   dollywobbler

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 10:33 PM

I take it that they're too long to fit sideways?

 

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 11:02 PM

Given their weight, can you put one on the back of a beavertail or similar and tow the other on a trailer?


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Posted 12 November 2017 - 11:04 PM

Given their weight, can you put one on the back of a beavertail or similar and tow the other on a trailer?

 

Yes, but that means I need to hire a beavertail AND find a trailer from somewhere. It would look bloody awesome though. The quick and easy solution is to hire a 3.5 tonner and do a quick raid. Maybe I scoop up the second one and try to stash it somewhere in Sussex, then scoop up the first one and whisk it back to Wales. Still going to be two days, and a pretty hectic two days, but a 3.5 tonner can do 70, whereas a truck or trailer sees top speed restricted.


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Posted 12 November 2017 - 11:10 PM

Told ya before, drive one to a prebooked MOT & a-frame the other.



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Posted 13 November 2017 - 09:09 AM

Is there no way they would fit in a luton with one or both sitting upright?

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 09:14 AM

Lutons inside are only about 2m or so high


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 09:14 AM

This morning, I'm favouring just scooping up one of them - the better one. It's going to be enough of a challenge restoring one of them. I'm not sure a second is really going to do anything other than get in the way. I used to own a simple plant trailer, which a friend of mine bought off me. He is happy to let me borrow it, so now I just need a tow vehicle. Bit annoying that Mason seems to have had a tow bar fitted at some point!

 

The bed of the plant trailer is 2.5m, but with a bit of overhanging, it might just be possible to get an Invacar on. May need me to remove the tailgate, as I did when I shipped the 2CV's bodyshell up to Bradford.

 

I am still considering other options as well though!


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 09:43 AM

I assume you'd also grab as many parts as poss from the other one? I think that's sensible to try and get one working!
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Posted 13 November 2017 - 09:50 AM

Can't you tow one behind the Lexus? that would be a sight down the motorway :D


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 10:28 AM

Can't you tow one behind the Lexus? that would be a sight down the motorway :D

 

If someone hadn't taken the tow bar off, I'd do just that.


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 10:36 AM

Buy a tow bar for the nippa...
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Posted 13 November 2017 - 10:51 AM

If someone hadn't taken the tow bar off, I'd do just that.

Ive got a towing strop and a couple of D rings.....


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 05:31 PM

Bit annoyed that I set out today to sort out logistics for this mess, and instead just ended up rendering the Lexus completely unusable. I have located a tow bar for the Lexus, but it is in Reading, which is not helpful.


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 11:22 PM

Bit annoyed that I set out today to sort out logistics for this mess, and instead just ended up rendering the Lexus completely unusable. I have located a tow bar for the Lexus, but it is in Reading, which is not helpful.

I shall be driving past Reading on Wednesday, on my way home to 5 miles south of bromyard, if that is any help.


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 11:29 PM

Thanks, but I've gone off the Lexus tow car idea. Especially as I've just destroyed the rad shroud...

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 11:33 PM

Roofrack :D


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Posted 14 November 2017 - 08:02 AM

Have you tried some Shiply quotes? 


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Posted 14 November 2017 - 08:31 AM

Have you tried some Shiply quotes?


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Posted 14 November 2017 - 08:33 AM

A LWB transit is apparently large enough and has twice the weight capacity over a single invacar. That and some scaffolding planks to get it up should do it. Would require two runs though.
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Posted 14 November 2017 - 10:54 AM

Right. I think I've decided to go for a 7.5t box van. For a start, I haven't driven a truck for seven years, and I'd like another go. Secondly, it'll be large enough to take both Invacars, and the tail-lift will definitely be useful too. They can be lifted with a forklift at the start, so it'd getting them out I'm worried about. With that in mind, I might go for a three-day hire as 56mph is going to be hard work...


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Posted 14 November 2017 - 10:56 AM

Y'know what'd be ideal, a 7.5t gee gee box as they have a handy ramp even if they do pong of horseshit.

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 11:06 AM

90km/h is too easy. Set cruise, make a cuppa, go to sleep, etc.

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 11:17 AM

Yes. I hope it has a good stereo...


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Posted 14 November 2017 - 11:20 AM

Yep. It doesn't matter to me how slow/old/crap/stinky a lorry is as long as it has got a decent radio and unknackered speakers.
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Posted 14 November 2017 - 06:08 PM

A LWB transit is apparently large enough and has twice the weight capacity over a single invacar. That and some scaffolding to get one above the other should do it. Would not require two runs.


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Posted 15 November 2017 - 05:31 PM

I have now sent off my application for a logbook for one of my new motors - the one I'm most interested in. Fingers crossed! If all goes well, and after actually being able to check it over, I may well apply for the other one too.


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Posted 15 November 2017 - 05:36 PM

A LWB transit is apparently large enough and has twice the weight capacity over a single invacar. That and some scaffolding planks to get it up should do it. Would require two runs though.

Misread that as 'would require two nuns though'. These collections threads are getting weirder, I tells ya...

 

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 06:38 PM

If you're passing near j3 of the m3 do stop and say hello. I am sure* the police and neighbours would be fascinated!
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Posted 15 November 2017 - 06:57 PM

If you're passing near j3 of the m3 do stop and say hello. I am sure* the police and neighbours would be fascinated!

 

Unlikely, but I'll bear it in mind. I tend to just carry on around to the M4 junction. Less hassle. Apart from last time, when there was a smash at the M4 junction...


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Posted 15 November 2017 - 07:50 PM

Consider me an emergency car park. Well work carpark anyway- just off the chertsey junction on the m25.
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