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Old 08-09-2012, 11:58 PM   #138 (permalink)
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Rolling uphill - update 2

I began to use the procedure above. The truck is in position to run up the ramps in picture 1. I rolled the truck up to the ramps, made sure that both tires were hitting the ramp at the same time. The truck was trying to go up the ramp when I had my first failure. The 5/8 socket slipped on the 1/2 inch square drive of the T bar. It took a while to pry the socket off of the T bar. But it would slip every time I put a bit of pressure on the ratchet.

So I backed off and re-grouped. How about using a longer bolt, and using a socket of the correct size on the ratchet and the same size socket on the T bar? That should work. I located a 3/8 to 3/8 ready rod coupler that is 2 inches long and has a 6 point 1/2 inch wrench size. I used the half inch socket from my set, and a half inch 3/8 drive, with the 1/2 to 3/8 adapter - see picture 2.

Picture 3 shows the same parts put together and taped with tuck tape so that they don't all fall apart when I connect them to the T bar.

And it did work - until that failed as well. The 1/2 to 3/8 adapter twisted off. See picture 4.
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