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Powered vehicle dolly
« on: July 8, 2020, 01:01:41 pm »
I always seem to acquire inoperable vehicles, parts cars,projects, or one of my existing vehicles simply broke. To move them now requires coordinating with a friend to drive the broken car while I pull it with one of my operationale vehicles, In the best case that burns up alot of time,the worst case my friends could be busy for a couple days or so...I have seen those powered trailer dollies so I thought it would be cool to build something that could lift up the front or rear of a car and pull it along. My question is what would be the best way to make a  swivel base that attaches to a crossmember or rear axle that is adjustable so it can be used on a bunch of different vehicles?
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    Re: Powered vehicle dolly
    « Reply #1 on: July 9, 2020, 09:46:58 am »
    Save time. Just buy this. LOL
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    Re: Powered vehicle dolly
    « Reply #2 on: July 9, 2020, 10:45:30 am »
    Its so majestic, but I can only fit one vehicle in my garage lengthwise so that wont help much. Although I would totally daily that.
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    Re: Powered vehicle dolly
    « Reply #3 on: August 1, 2020, 12:00:06 am »
    I found a powertow 35 on facebook marketplace for the low price of $150.Its got a 3.5 hp tecumseh engine, a reduction gearbox with forward and reverse powering one tire up front. It is geared stupidly low, I think it tops out at like 2 mph, but thats how to make some serious torque. I tried using it to move some of my vehicles around, and failed miserably using it as it was designed,It just sat their and spinned. So I started experimenting to see if I could use The weight of the vehicle and the handle to press down on the tire like a fulcrum. I had one semi-sorta positive test. I drilled a couple holes in a piece of 4x4 so it would fit over the set bolts for the aircraft wheels and then wedged it between the radiator support and pressed down on the handle until the tire had about 1/2 of its original sidewall height.The tug was able to push my dakota up hill for about 5 feet until the piece of wood fell out so kinda successful.
    I'm thinking extending the front of the tug far enough that it will reach the crossmember of various vehicles. Then make some sort of rotary plate that can attach to the vehicle with ratchet straps or chains. I might add another tire for stability and capacity.I'm thinking of getting some wheel dollies for the front of cars so I don't have to worry about steering them with another person. Here is a picture of a similar one
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    Re: Powered vehicle dolly
    « Reply #4 on: August 1, 2020, 06:22:27 am »
    We have something a bit larger at the dealership.  Looks about like a large gas engine snow blower, rear drive axle, engine in front, and has a sloped ramp in the front with a rubber pad to push vehicles in and out of the shop.
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    Re: Powered vehicle dolly
    « Reply #5 on: August 20, 2020, 02:44:03 pm »
    We have something a bit larger at the dealership.  Looks about like a large gas engine snow blower, rear drive axle, engine in front, and has a sloped ramp in the front with a rubber pad to push vehicles in and out of the shop.

    We had something similar.  For cars it was 2 techs pushing, one steering.  Trucks it was 3-4 techs pushing and one steering.
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    Re: Powered vehicle dolly
    « Reply #6 on: November 10, 2020, 01:04:45 am »
    So the new plan is to use a riding lawnmower with a tow dolly type implement to hold the front wheels of vehicles. The idea is to have it "fixed" to the rear of the mower( but removable) and make a steering axle that supports most of the weight of the vehicle with 10-15% going to the riding mower for traction. So to that end I picked up a 1979 John Deere 111 for $100 the electrical connections were all rusted so I cleaned up the solenoid and got the motor to crank over by putting power to the starting pin so the solenoid is good. No love from the rusty ignition switch so I decided to replace it. Got a new switch with the same connector and managed to burn out the ignition coil just hooking up the battery because it was wired differently... FML. Local mower shop doesnt have the conversion coil to get rid of the points so amazon to rescue... As far as the aircraft tug, I made a quick and dirty mount for a tow ball over the tire with some scrap I had and it sorta worked to move trailers around. It worked great on pavement and less so on dirt. Gearing was a problem because it went a little faster than I was comfortable with lacking a clutch and/or brakes. I bent the tow attachment trying to move a trailer with a car on top of it so I need to remake that and attempt to sell it.
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    Re: Powered vehicle dolly
    « Reply #7 on: November 12, 2020, 04:31:05 pm »
    I'm thinking I will cannibalize an old rusty chevy closed knuckle dana 44 to use for the steering axle. I'm thinking cut the tubes off the pumpkin, and then splice it back together at the correct width. Then make a new spindle with 3/4" solid stock to use 18x9.5 6 ply lawn mower tires to keep it low. I could remove the brakes and run old 13" subaru wheels but the smallest tires I can find that have at least 1000 lbs of capacity are 21-23" tall, although realistically just about any automotive tire should be able to support 1000 lbs at 3 MPH for 50 yards...leaving just the size difference between automotive and lawn tires...
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