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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-04-2018, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Getting a non-running Lotus Seven onto a trailer

I have lots of questions about Lotus Sevens, but the one for this post is in regards to pulling a 1969 Lotus Seven S3 onto a trailer to get it to my house. The car has sat for the last 30 years in a garage, one owner, and since the engine has not started in 30 years, I am worried about frame damage if I pull it up onto a trailer by pulling the wrong place. I am worried about pushing it, as I do not want to dent any aluminum in the rear. Any suggestions on the best method to get a non running seven onto a trailer...what is the best method to not cause any damage to an otherwise original car. Pictures welcome!
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@wneuburger - Not sure about safe push/pull locations on the frame or body, but with two people, you should be able to move the car by pushing up and forward on a tire to move the vehicle forward (Iíve done this to move vehicles in tight quarters). Hopefully the tires will hold air long enough for this maneuver . . .

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I am worried about pushing it, as I do not want to dent any aluminum in the rear. Any suggestions on the best method to get a non running seven onto a trailer...what is the best method to not cause any damage to an otherwise original car. Pictures welcome!
Seems simple enough to me. It's an easy one man job. Just reverse this procedure for taking a non running barn find Seven from a trailer. All you need is a cherry picker and, if the tires are flat or the front brakes locked, a couple of go jacks or car doilies from Harbor Freight:






BTW, this one sat for 38 years.


And was owned by a very nice elderly lady:


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I can't think of a lighter, easier car to push around; you won't hurt it, just roll the old girl up the trailer, and strap her down.
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take the bonnet and nose off.

a long loop strap or a pair of ratchet straps at the inner end of the lower wishbones[similar but hopefully closer to the chassis than the pics of car being lifted]

You can winch it on the trailer as long as it will roll

Something about the geometry they do not push as easily as you think they should, but it still weighs a thousand pounds......
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I built ramp extensions for my trailer so the ramps were about 8-10 foot long total. Basically 2x8 with a support foot at the inboard end that would slide into my existing ramps
Meant I could keep the nose on when trailering and the oil pan is really low
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All you need is a cherry picker and, if the tires are flat or the front brakes locked, a couple of go jacks or car doilies from Harbor Freight
. . .

There's been a lot of confusion regarding this in the past, so I just thought it would be helpful to clarify exactly what @escondidoron is referring to.

This is a car doily:





This is a car Dolly:



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There's been a lot of confusion regarding this in the past, so I just thought it would be helpful to clarify exactly what @escondidoron is referring to.

This is a car doily:





This is a car Dolly:



HTH

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Very good catch and I applaud your clarification. I love the Borgward (Isabella 1.5 Estate?) and hello Dolly! I should add, by way of further illustration, that the Seven is quite adept at finding it's own car Dolly:
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