Grumpy's Car Roller

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Grumpy's Car Roller

Postby rogerowen » Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:42 am

There's a Grumpy's car roller on Ebay at the moment that seems to have some kind of ladder included, anyone got an idea what this is for? Not sure I'll be bidding as it's getting a lot of attention and will probably go way past my budget.[frame]Image[/frame]
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Re: Grumpy's Car Roller

Postby foofoournan » Tue Oct 30, 2012 10:53 am

It's so when the cars rolled over u can clime up and get in to the car if u fancy having a sideways drive :)


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Re: Grumpy's Car Roller

Postby rogerowen » Tue Oct 30, 2012 11:41 am

Very lateral thinking! But surely Health & Safety would have a field day, no wonder they don't make them anymore!
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Re: Grumpy's Car Roller

Postby Matt » Tue Oct 30, 2012 4:07 pm

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Unused-Grumpy ... 35c0f87817

I can't remember what I paid for mine... but it wouldn't have been that much!

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Re: Grumpy's Car Roller

Postby drivewasher » Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:59 pm

What exactly is "Grumpy's" I notice the top engine stabilser is sometimes called grumpy's now this rollover jig?
Can someone explain this

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Re: Grumpy's Car Roller

Postby ASL642 » Tue Oct 30, 2012 9:11 pm

Grumpys or Mr Grumpy's was a Yorkshire based (Todmorton I think) morris minor supplier who also manufactured minor modifications (early anti roll bar, roll over bar to name a few) He retired and most of his stock was taken by ESM. Some o f their stock is still known as a "Grumps XYZ".

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Re: Grumpy's Car Roller

Postby drivewasher » Tue Oct 30, 2012 10:27 pm

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Re: Grumpy's Car Roller

Postby rogerowen » Wed Oct 31, 2012 6:04 pm

drivewasher wrote:What exactly is "Grumpy's" I notice the top engine stabilser is sometimes called grumpy's now this rollover jig?
Can someone explain this

Thanks
Hi, You might find this interesting. There is a PDF file of the original instruction leaflet at;

http://www.mycitroen.dk/library/ds/red/ ... Roller.pdf

I wish someone could re-manufacture this rig (for its old price that is!) Still no idea what the ladder is for, it's painted the same colour as the rest of the rig. In the instructions it says to allow 12 foot to roll the car but I can't see why this much space is needed (my garage is about 9' wide - looks to me that it could be achieved in less (but I suppose it would be a bit embarrassing if the car roof banged into the garage wall). It seems you were able to purchase some wheels so the car could be rolled over outside then wheeled into the garage. I've seen a few rigs offered second hand - but not seen one with wheels as yet. Love to hear tips from anyone that has used one.

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Re: Grumpy's Car Roller

Postby a8pte » Wed Oct 31, 2012 7:20 pm

anyone looking for a very strong car roller i know of one for sale this man made one for me and it was excellent he has one more at home email derek 3663 .

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Re: Grumpy's Car Roller

Postby mattsdad » Thu Nov 01, 2012 8:35 am

Before he was in Yorkshire, Mr Grumpy was based near Oxford - North Hinksey if I remember. I bought one of these rollers many years ago and it gets occasional use. I have a set of wire wheel adaptors, but not the rollers. You have to be careful when using it on a smooth floor as it tends to try and slide away from you when you roll the car. I reckon its safer to use an engine crane for the lift and then secure with the uprights. I always wedge a stout pice of timber diagonally as belt and braces security.

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Re: Grumpy's Car Roller

Postby rogerowen » Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:35 am

mattsdad wrote:Before he was in Yorkshire, Mr Grumpy was based near Oxford - North Hinksey if I remember. I bought one of these rollers many years ago and it gets occasional use. I have a set of wire wheel adaptors, but not the rollers. You have to be careful when using it on a smooth floor as it tends to try and slide away from you when you roll the car. I reckon its safer to use an engine crane for the lift and then secure with the uprights. I always wedge a stout pice of timber diagonally as belt and braces security.
Useful tip, thanks. Would the crane need to be fixed to any particular part of the car or does it attach to the jig somewhere?
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Re: Grumpy's Car Roller

Postby ASL642 » Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:45 am

The original roll over jig attaches to the axles of the car. It is possible to roll the car on the jib in a 9' garage.

Attach it to jig and then (with assistance) roll it half way, lock it in position, and then slide the jig across the floor. You can then unlock the car and roll the jig so that the car's on it's side. Fiddly but it can be done.

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Re: Grumpy's Car Roller

Postby rogerowen » Thu Nov 01, 2012 1:16 pm

Good advice, thanks. Obviously - battery out, engine/gearbox & axle oil out and probably hydraulic fluid too?

Another question - does the rig attach to the hubs just by wheel nuts or should there be a plate of some discription to spread the load?
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Re: Grumpy's Car Roller

Postby Matt » Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:11 pm

It attaches by wheel nuts only.

I left all the fluids in mine (except engine oil) when I rolled it. I even left the battery in place

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Re: Grumpy's Car Roller

Postby rogerowen » Sun Nov 11, 2012 9:22 pm

Managed to aquire a Grumpy's body roller for £50. Very happy bunny!
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Re: Grumpy's Car Roller

Postby rayofleamington » Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:08 pm

I left all the fluids in mine (except engine oil) when I rolled it. I even left the battery in place
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If it's being left on the roller (or even if it's a quick job), you would be best placed to drain engine oil, rear axle oil, remove battery and block the pin hole in brake reservoir.

Battery acid makes a terrific mess if it gets in the wrong place and they have a breather...
The gearbox doesn't really have a breather as the stick interface will breath - and fairly unlikely to leak.
You stand good chance of getting axle oil onto the lower rear brake - especially if/when the hub flexes with the weioght of the car on it, therefore remove brake shoes and drain the axle unless you don't mid the potential puddle on the floor.
The brake fluid could in theory leak from the reservoir cap - not that I've ever noticed, so that's belt and braces.
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Re: Grumpy's Car Roller

Postby rogerowen » Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:44 pm

Excellent advice - thanks. I now have a £50 'Grumpy's' roller. but missing the top bar that keeps the rollers in place. It looks to me as if it should be a square section iron of 18mm x about 9 foot. Anyone confirm?

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Re: Grumpy's Car Roller

Postby autolycus » Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:34 am

Unlikely to be iron, or square bar. I used a length of steel channel section, around 1" x 1", iirc, because I happened to have a length lying around, but if I had to buy new I'd probably go for square hollow section steel, 20mm x 20mm x 2mm being a common size. I'd mackle the clamps to fit whatever I could get easily. Such a slender section can't be under a great deal of load in bending or compression, so I'd suggest that anything from that size upwards would be fine. If you're going to the Classic Motor Show at the NEC this weekend, see what CJ Autos use on their current production. I asume they'll be there - they usually seem to be.

I'm wary of the advice about turning a car in a narrow garage by relying on sliding it sideways half way through the process. Keep thinking what you'd get crushed against if anything slipped or broke, or if one of your trusted helpers suddenly let go.

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Re: Grumpy's Car Roller

Postby rogerowen » Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:51 am

Thanks Kevin, I'll see what I can find scrap wise. Not sure I'd be able to fit much bigger than 18mm - I've measured the gap between the offset clamp bolt holes to 18mm as best I can. I don't think there is much loading, more for just keeping the rollers at a straight angle. My trusted helpers will be a boat builder and a civil engineer (I'll probably just be making the tea!), but it still might be an intersting moment - as will getting the car back over again and then turning to get to any bits on the other side. Think we'll video the progress for prosperity (and hopefully not a 'Youv'e Been Framed Moment!)

Cheers,

Roger
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Re: Grumpy's Car Roller

Postby wilfred » Sat Dec 01, 2012 3:58 pm

Just out of interest, how much headroom would be required in the garage to allow the car to be rolled over?


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