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Forum topic by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 01-11-2007 06:00 PM 3134 views 0 times favorited 28 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dick, & Barb Cain

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01-11-2007 06:00 PM

I’ve hauled a lot of 2×4’s, & other things in my van. The truouble with that is they run between the driver’s, & passenger seat, kind of get in the way. I solved that problem, & now I can even haul a bigger load. With the price of gas, it even saves a couple of trips. It also saves on the wear, & tear of the upholstery.
As you can see is all I did was screw a couple of plywood gussets to a couple of 2×4s.

A poor man’s Pickup!!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1


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Obi

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#1 posted 01-11-2007 06:13 PM

I’ve thought about this. One of them luggage racks on top for light loads, and then a passenger seat that lays flat and you can use the entire right side of the vehicle for lumber.
I want to turn a PT Cruiser into a mini panel van

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Ethan Sincox

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#2 posted 01-11-2007 07:05 PM

All I have to say is, be careful of your windshield when hauling lumber in your van or SUV. I was as cautious as I could be, but it just took one person cutting me off and me slamming on my brakes to get a brand new windshield installed in my Xterra earlier this year…

One board just pushed up against the windshield, but that was enough to send a spiderweb of fractures through half of it.

The great deal I got on the lumber wasn’t such a great deal after paying my deductible…

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 01-11-2007 07:25 PM

You can see that the load is strapped down tight to prevent that. It’s strapped down both front, & back. I wouldn’t haul anything without strapping it down first.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Shawn

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#4 posted 01-12-2007 12:15 AM

that’s smart use of what you have, and, you can transport lumber rain or shine no worries about rain…makes me miss my old Golf, Jetta’s are nice, but I want my Golf back lol

-- Cheers

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dalesd

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#5 posted 01-12-2007 05:14 PM

That’s great, Dick.

I drive a Miata, and there’s no room to put anything bigger than about 3’ in the car. But if the weather is nice, I put the top down and I can carry a few 8’ boards easy enough. One end goes in the passenger footwell, the other end goes over the passenger seat, through the (aftermarket) roll bar and sticks up into the air.

I also have a 4×4 trailer for bigger stuff.

Anything really big and I pay the $20 to rent the truck from Home Depot. :)

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cabinetman

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#6 posted 01-26-2007 03:33 PM

I don’t know if this has been seen, but I couldn’t resist posting it. Post captions to it!!!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 01-26-2007 05:56 PM

Boy did I ever get a deal !!
Some people really use their ingenuity.
Here are some more for you.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Shawn

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#8 posted 01-26-2007 08:21 PM

Best rear view mirror ever, now we ust need to work on our communication

-- Cheers

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MsDebbieP

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#9 posted 01-27-2007 02:40 AM

lol I’ll quit laughing now… oh my goodness!
Ingenuity.
but the mirror.. oh my goodness

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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HatchetJack

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#10 posted 01-27-2007 04:42 AM

I think the minivan is the most versital family vehicle ever invented. I hauled all the lumber, conduit, copper pipes and doors needed to finish my basement in the family truckster. This was before the stow and go concept so every weekend I was taking out three car seats, then the van seats to make a run to the home center. Now that job is finished and the house sold, I bought a pick-up, just waiting for me to start the next big project like that

-- Quite is Good

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USCJeff

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#11 posted 04-09-2007 11:53 PM

The Volvo clip made me think back to a dump run I made a year or so ago. I had some planer blades at the end of their lives and thought I’d try to plane some forms from houses that had concrete on them. I would never do this with good blades, needless to say. I grabbed a ton of them from a junk pile. Didn’t go so well. Anyways, I had to shove 10-15 of these boards in a Mustang to go to the dump. It was interesting to say the least. I need a truck . . . .

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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gizzard

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#12 posted 04-10-2007 05:00 AM

I can’t remember but I think it was an ‘87, but I do know it was a camero. Did you know that you can put 4’X8’ sheet rock, wall panels, etc. in a camero? Trust me, you can. It was a great little car while it lasted.

-- Dennis, Tennessee

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MsDebbieP

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#13 posted 04-10-2007 12:25 PM

I had a ‘77 Camera but we weren’t didn’t do woodworking then. But, the next camero that I own, I’ll remember that tidbit hahaa.
I loved my car as well – it was like a tank in the snow! Nothing would stop it.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Zuki

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#14 posted 04-10-2007 11:56 PM

My 97 4dr Sidekick has carried a quite a bit of lumber as well. I have actually removed the rear seat to make more room. I can get up to a 8’ piece of lumber in the rig with the rear door closed.

I once tried to take one to many 2×6s and a slight tap on the windshield caused me to get a new one. What the heck . . . it was dirty anyway.

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Zuki

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#15 posted 04-11-2007 12:01 AM

I just remembered. When building our current house I had to transport 3 lengths of 10” pipe (2 ABS and one metal) to the site with my Ford Topaz. I took 2 pieces of 2×6 about 3ft long. Drilled 3 3inch holes in each board. Threaded the three pipes through both boards and strapped the boards to the roof of the car. With numerous bungee cords and tir down straps I secured the whole thing. It worked quite well actually.

-- BLOG - http://www.colorfulcanary.com/search/label/Zuki

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