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Old 08-25-2014, 08:34 PM   #1
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Well, I was left unattended again at the computer and I bought a forklift at a local online auction.

Kind of a shady deal, I think since I couldn't inspect it and barely garnered any info from the seller.

Something is funny to me with the way the cylinder is in the pictures. I was told it functions properly, besides the brakes (seems all old lift have no brakes)

Anyone know what model this is?

It is supposed to have a slant 6 Chrysler in it.

I believe it to be a 5k pound capacity lift and am guessing the weight to be about 7500 pounds??

Even if it turn out to be a huge turd, I should be able to make a little money hauling it to the scrap yard.

Only a few miles from home, so we are planning on just driving it down the back roads home.







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Old 08-25-2014, 08:38 PM   #2
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Gonna be a rough ride. How much $$ ?

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A bit rough, but I am too cheap to pay 125 bucks to have it picked up and dropped off.

With fees, 650 bucks.
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A bit rough, but I am too cheap to pay 125 bucks to have it picked up and dropped off.

With fees, 650 bucks.
Thats cheap if its a 5k and is running
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It runs, just has bad brakes.

It may lift even more. I am looking forward to hiding my brothers car when he is at work.....
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I understood as a rule of thumb forklift weight could be estimated at a bit less than double the capacity. If its a 5000# machine I bet it weighs more than 4 ton.
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You stole that IMO. It is an older machine but it is very clean. The ram is massive for a 5k but it is a small machine so i would stick with the 5k listed. Slant 6? I think it is too big an engine for that little machine but who knows. I ran several propane lift trucks at the mine warehouse and they all had GM 4 bangers. The one i used was rated for 6k but i could pick 8k and putter down the warehouse with it. The most common problems we had was the propane/carb set up that would get damaged from the garnet dust. Wouldnt take much to rip off that propane unit and stuff a regular gas carb on it and a small gas tank.
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You stole that IMO. It is an older machine but it is very clean. The ram is massive for a 5k but it is a small machine so i would stick with the 5k listed. Slant 6? I think it is too big an engine for that little machine but who knows. I ran several propane lift trucks at the mine warehouse and they all had GM 4 bangers. The one i used was rated for 6k but i could pick 8k and putter down the warehouse with it. The most common problems we had was the propane/carb set up that would get damaged from the garnet dust. Wouldnt take much to rip off that propane unit and stuff a regular gas carb on it and a small gas tank.
It is a flat head Chrysler straight 6 industrial motor. 230 cubic inches I believe. The 6 cylinder was kind of a shock to me, but from some research it sounds like a bullet proof engine.

Pick up day is tomorrow. I can't wait.
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I see what your talking about with the ram now. Most normal lift trucks have the ram "in" with the forks down. This must have a double acting ram so it is extended when the forks are down. I am willing to bet the piston stays in place and the ram housing travels up and down raising the tower thus pulling the chain and picking the cradle/forks.
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I worked at a materials yard, and they had a 1955 Yale. Gas engine.

Son of a gun never stopped working. The ride was real rough, I think you could feel every pebble, but it was a tough machine.





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I see what your talking about with the ram now. Most normal lift trucks have the ram "in" with the forks down. This must have a double acting ram so it is extended when the forks are down. I am willing to bet the piston stays in place and the ram housing travels up and down raising the tower thus pulling the chain and picking the cradle/forks.
Yes, that is what I have figured out as to how that works. I think there is another ram inside the main one, but not really sure. I will find out tomorrow.
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I worked at a materials yard, and they had a 1955 Yale. Gas engine.

Son of a gun never stopped working. The ride was real rough, I think you could feel every pebble, but it was a tough machine.

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What are you going to use it for (besides hiding your brothers car). That seems like a good price for sure.
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I see what your talking about with the ram now. Most normal lift trucks have the ram "in" with the forks down. This must have a double acting ram so it is extended when the forks are down. I am willing to bet the piston stays in place and the ram housing travels up and down raising the tower thus pulling the chain and picking the cradle/forks.
I don't think so.

Hydraulic cylinders get most their force while extending. I can't see designing the hydraulics to run the way you describe.

A fork truck may not even be double acting meaning it can only power in the up direction and the weight moves everything down. Just like a floor jack.
Easy to tell, just lower the load with the forks on the ground and see if it lifts the machine. I doubt it will. Fork lifts are made for lifting, not digging.

My guess is its still extended by design. Lets you lower a load down over a dock. Don't ask me how you get the pallet off though.

We will find out who's right tomorrow.

Cool looking machine Darcy.
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What are you going to use it for (besides hiding your brothers car). That seems like a good price for sure.

Lifting things.
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I don't think so.

Hydraulic cylinders get most their force while extending. I can't see designing the hydraulics to run the way you describe.

A fork truck may not even be double acting meaning it can only power in the up direction and the weight moves everything down. Just like a floor jack.
Easy to tell, just lower the load with the forks on the ground and see if it lifts the machine. I doubt it will. Fork lifts are made for lifting, not digging.

My guess is its still extended by design. Lets you lower a load down over a dock. Don't ask me how you get the pallet off though.

We will find out who's right tomorrow.

Cool looking machine Darcy.
Today about 6pm. I am going to try and pick up everything I can find.
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Looks like that lift will do anything you need!
The tires have obviously been replaced, & should suffice to some gravel duty, at least during the summer.

Most lifts I've seen, have a band brake on the drive line. Maybe it's there, but unhooked? The brake pedal looks like it might have a lock mechanism to it, kinda like a lot of tractors have. Brkaes can be a bear to work on, but not any worse than the machinery you rebuild all the time.
My second van ('69 Dodge?) had a slant 6, & my wifes car when I met her was a '72 Duster with a slant 6. Both were very dependable, with great low end torque. It can see why it would be great on a lift.

I doubt the body of the cylinder travels. The hydro hoses would have to follow with it. Since we're guessing here, I'll go with BScott's best guess with extending below the tires.

Have fun on the drive home! Maybe have a lead car, & follow car, or at least one following with flashers on?
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Most lifts back then had Continental flathead four F-163's, F-162's and their six cylinder brothers. If it is a Chrysler product, is it OHC or flat?
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Oh, and make a ROPS for it. 3x2x1/3 square tube and start burning rod
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Oh, and make a ROPS for it. 3x2x1/3 square tube and start burning rod
Not gonna happen. I specifically looked for this kind of lift for a reason. Low mast, no rops.

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