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Old 11-04-2012, 01:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Clam storage

Has anyone figured out an easy way to store the front and rear clams while working on the car? Please don't say clam hinge... I took my car completely apart last winter and had to work around these the entire time because they took up so much room!

I'm thinking like a wall rack or something to that effect...


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Has anyone figured out an easy way to store the front and rear clams while working on the car? Please don't say clam hinge... I took my car completely apart last winter and had to work around these the entire time because they took up so much room!

I'm thinking like a wall rack or something to that effect...


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some sort of ceiling storage?
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I was thinking that... But they are pretty big


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Old 11-04-2012, 04:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I set the rear clam on a folded in half moving blanket, taillights down. Perfectly safe as long as you have enough room to not accidentally trip and fall into it.
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:16 PM   #5 (permalink)
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So you have it standing up leaned up against something like that? I had mine sitting on some tires kind of floating... But it was seriously in the way!


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Old 11-04-2012, 05:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I set the rear clam on a folded in half moving blanket, taillights down. Perfectly safe as long as you have enough room to not accidentally trip and fall into it.
Did the same thing, but also put it on the carpeted basement floor in an unused hallway. No way for me to accidentally run something into it there.

Plus it is funny to have half a car in your house when guests come over.
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My mechanic hangs them on the wall on what looks like a single tire hanger (2 prongs)
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My mechanic hangs them on the wall on what looks like a single tire hanger (2 prongs)
For front and rear clams? This is what I was thinking off... Are they wrapped in foam or anything? Can you get pics?


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If he's open again soon, Sandy may have caused him problems. He hangs both front and rear clams, the rear with the back on top, and the front with the front on top, I think that the prongs are padded also, maybe with pipe insulation from Home Depot (that's a guess).
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:17 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Just get a clam hinge...

Just kidding.

When I was painting my Elise, I used my folding horse things that I use to paint stuff on. They have pool noodle type pads on them and the width is adjustable by little chain things. They worked great.

I know it's hard to see, but this is the only picture I have to explain what I'm talking about.

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Old 11-04-2012, 08:19 PM   #11 (permalink)
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How high is your ceiling? I have bicycle hooks on pulleys.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:23 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I'm a big Jeep nerd and I know some people just put a small winch on their wall and a pulley on the ceiling so they can take their hardtops off without a hassle. It just hangs there... not sure how they keep it from spinning around. That'd probably work just as well for a clam.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:26 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I have a shorter ceiling and not a whole lot of room. I'm building a longer work bench and some shelving etc to try and gain more room.

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Hanging them on the wall would be the best case scenario for me


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I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but that garage is asking for a garage majal make-over. there is so much open space and its clutter free at the moment.
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I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but that garage is asking for a garage majal make-over. there is so much open space and its clutter free at the moment.
Yep it needs one! But it's at a duplex that I own and I plan on getting a single family house. I don't want to go crazy in this one and then move to a new house and have to start all over.


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worst scenario rent a Pod storage container and place it in front of the house
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My garage is open rafters. I'll probably set the clam on the lift.....raise it up and put it into the rafters with the help of my son.
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I had the same problem last year with storing the clam in the garage... left little room to work and always afraid I would end up breaking it somehow. Decided to just bring it in the house this year. This was somewhat risky though as well. We had to get it through three doorways to finally get it in the room... I think the girlfriend was more nervous than me.

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Old 11-06-2012, 07:52 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I wish I could bring my clams in the house my dachshund will be jumping all over them!


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