I'm in the process of sorting out my garage ready for the arrival of my kit. I was wondering what people have found to be the best size trestles/build stands to use during the build so you are not knackering your back bending over all the time.
The reason is that I have already knackered my back and have metal work in my lower spine, so don't want to make it worse.
This issue comes when you try to move the build off the stands onto the floor. The higher the car is then you will obviously need assistance moving it. I found that bog standard car axle stands, which are cheap worked fine, just buy a good pair of need pads/protectors and your back will be fine.
With axle stands you just need a normal car jack to get the car on and off them and they car raise the build up by 12-24 inches depending on the size you buy.
I've seen people use the DIY a frame units, these raise the car to a good level but they can also make working inside the car difficult.
Started 22/6/11 Finished 13/8/12 487 Hours Build time. Now on the road, weather dependant.
I initially used one of these folding work bench things on the front and three wheels/tires stacked together at the back. This let me have the car upside down to install the floor, without the roll bar touching the floor. Once I had the floor done and turned it over, I left it that high while doing the suspension. Once that was done, I put it on four regular jack stands set on their highest position. Knee pads or some rubber flooring is useful for working on the car at this lower position, but perhaps even more importantly for asking for forgiveness after buying something expensive without permission!!!
I'm using 6 axle stands for stability, and placed a 3m x 1.6m pallet (that my chassis came on) on them. The chassis goes on the pallet. Saves scratching or denting the floor. I find the weight is more evenly distributed and feels stable that way. The pallet had about half the number of cross pieces that a normal pallet has, and I find I can get under the car handily, being a good 30-40cm off the ground. As an aside, I also keep large spare parts I haven't got room for (bonnet cover, 2 sets of wheels, donor wiring looms, cooling pipes and rear uprights) under the car until I need them. When the wheels go on I'll take out all but 3 cross-pieces.
Rocket build in Dublin using an ST170 donor. Driven by an ME221 ecu, Jenvey 45s on DanST manifold, DanST backplate and 90mm trumpets. Vroom vroom.