Author Topic: Loading tires & wheels single-handed  (Read 678 times)

8683jb

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 480
Loading tires & wheels single-handed
« on: June 27, 2019, 06:30:36 PM »
I wanted to get my new tires installed before my soon upcoming shoulder surgery and I found a place locally to remove the old ones and install the new tires, tubes and flaps I had bought a few months ago. All I had to do was take them over there. My ol’ buddy horse had to be put down a couple of months ago so there’s no one here but me to load the tire & wheel assemblies onto the pickup (he would’ve spent the whole time criticizing how I wrapped the chains or blocked things up anyhow). Since I can barely lift a bottle of beer anymore without pain, I had to come up with a way to get the tires from the ground into the truck. Then it occurred to me - this #&%!* half track owes me a lifetime of service! It should do the heavy lifting!







They slide pretty good once you get them on the plastic bed liner!

Just thought I'd post this in case there's someone else who's old, sore and tractor-less and has to do something similar. As soon as I get out of California, I’ll be buying a skip loader to use around the property and won’t have to resort to this kind of exercise anymore.

Jon
'42 Autocar M2A1

MVPA member

Sierra Padre

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 28
Re: Loading tires & wheels single-handed
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2019, 07:25:25 PM »
Like they always say “work smarter, not harder”. That’s especially true when you are on your own.
Adversity is not an adequate deterrent.

1941 White M2A1

FrankUSMC

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 93
Re: Loading tires & wheels single-handed
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2019, 03:39:06 AM »
That is great!!...yes run from there, and get yourself a nice tractor or skid loader! I tell my friends all the time, I am to light for heavy work, and to heavy for light work....okay, truth getting old. Glad you did not hurt yourself.
One of the few, Frank USMC RET

Smadge

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 196
Re: Loading tires & wheels single-handed
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2019, 02:36:00 PM »
Jon,

That’s great!  I’m a one man show working on my HT and I have to use some clever methods too!

Paul

1941 M2 Autocar (restoring)
MVPA# 36810E

spillmk1

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 69
Re: Loading tires & wheels single-handed
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2019, 07:20:43 PM »
Dittos on the "clever methods".
Sometimes my chair is my most valuable tool when used
to ponder how I can do something by myself without getting in
trouble.

Keith
1955 M38A1
1952 M100
1941 M2A1
MVPA Member

Tapper02

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 418
Re: Loading tires & wheels single-handed
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2019, 08:32:28 PM »
I tell you what Jon...you have to start planning better!  You always tackle these heavy lifting projects when I'm out of town.  I'm back, so let me know if you need help mounting them back up.

-Tom
1944 AUTOCAR M15A1 (M16A1) HALF-TRACK:
(Being restored to an M3A1 configuration)
SERIAL NUMBER M-15 A 1, 1356
MODEL M-16 A 1, ORD. SERIAL NUMBER 1106

MVPA # 30507

spec4don

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 846
Re: Loading tires & wheels single-handed
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2019, 08:41:46 PM »
Having an A-Frame crane sure makes a difference. But the best investment I ever made though was a forklift!

Don G.
1941 M2A1 not restored
1942 M3 Diamond T Mostly restored
1943 M3A1 Under restoration
1967 M51A2 Tractor
1945 WC 63 needs restoration
1967 M36 Long wheel base duece
1951 M135 GMC Fire truck conversion

8683jb

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 480
Re: Loading tires & wheels single-handed
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2019, 11:09:30 PM »
Thank you guys for the replies.

I tell you what Jon...you have to start planning better!  You always tackle these heavy lifting projects when I'm out of town.  I'm back, so let me know if you need help mounting them back up.

-Tom
Tom -
I always thought you somehow got wind of what I was planning and left town!
'42 Autocar M2A1

MVPA member