To avoid any confusion, this article is not dealing with science fiction. Doctor Who’s Tardis or Star Trek’s Teleporter would probably solve all of our vehicle movement and storage problems but the real world requires more practical solutions. Cars may be kept indoors for various reasons but it soon becomes apparent that this is a very unnatural environment for them.
Even small cars suddenly seem large and cumbersome and take up much more space than they really should. In order to maximise the space we have available, we firstly need to work out the most efficient use of the floor space. By folding in wing mirrors and placing the cars within inches of each other we may find that three cars now fit in the space of two. This is ideal for long term storage but there are obvious disadvantages, not the least of which is that we are not able walk around them and cannot even open the doors.
Upwards and Onwards
For the serious classic car collector, one storage solution can be the use of a storage car lift. Assuming that the garage has reasonable headroom, stacking one car on top of another has obvious advantages. It is often an overlooked fact that most two or four post car lifts can be used for vertical storage in this way but regard must be had not only to safety but to the fact that cars can, and do, drip oil so it is essential that a suitable drip tray is included. Some very useful car lifts are made by Strongman Tools.
A Moving Story
Of course parking up the cars as closely as possible is one thing, just how we go about it is quite another. If we are dealing with a single vehicle, the traditional workshop solution is to place each wheel on a small trolley on castors enabling it, with a bit of manpower, to be rolled around as desired. There is a much better way however and, for vehicle movement, it is much faster with a vehicle mover. In the past, all kinds of damage has been caused by people trying to move cars using pallet movers, fork lifts, tractors or whatever other machinery happened to be on site. The only correct way, and by far the best, is to use the tool designed for the job. The best available is without doubt the Stringo Mover.