Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Injun Territory, 'Merica!
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Dan, how much ceiling height do you have? The floor issue can be remedied, if the slope is not extreme. Have used a concrete saw, busted out the floor, and installed piers before, then concrete finished.
From being around them, there is not an lot one can accomplish with the belly lifts. One of my friends has two belly lifts in the back of his large detail shop (6,000 sq ft steel building). His help like the belly lifts as they can get a direct line of sight on the lower quarter panels, rockers, fenders. Besides cleaning, touch up painting, & buffing, they occasionally install a plastic film that acts as a paint protection feature. Have another friend who bought a barely used $1500 (retail) belly lift, and had it in his garage for less than a year, it wasn't of much help in the build of his '69 Camaro. He ended up selling the belly lift ion Craigslist, then with the help of his brother-in-law, opened up & sheetrocked a 8 x 12 foot recess in the ceiling of his 3 car garage. The slot is well behind the space his garage door takes up. His ceiling height was 9'4", but with a 4 corner drive on lift, he needed 10'6". The framing for this mod was fairly straight forward, I got up above the garage in the attic and looked at the framing for myself, as I really needed a lift in the garage at the old place & was in the same predicament, not enough ceiling height. After decades of living in our old home, leasing warehouse space, we instead, moved out a ways, into the "Woods" and am putting up a steel building in the back to store & work on the Pontiacs. Hope this helps. Dropping you a PM on the WP.