I have an early frame I may list on Tbay. It's too long for UPS or Greydog. How can it be shipped?
Terminal to terminal (as opposed to door to door or business to business) shipping of large items is cheap. This means you deliver your frame to the Forward Air terminal at LAX or Long Beach, and the buyer picks up the frame at a Forward Air terminal nearest to his place. I would expect the frame would cost perhaps $100 to ship from LAX to anywhere they go, or less.
Thanks for the lead, Royce. Here's the crux of my comm with them:
Subject: Ford Model T Frame
I have a steel frame, approx 60 lbs, 102" x 27" x 10" that I need to ship from LAX area to PHL area, deliver and pick up at yaur stations.
Not time critical.
Does it have to be boxed, or just padded at the corners?
Well you could box it and then place it on a skid or a pallet. This way it is fork lift accessible. This would be how I would do that.
Forward Air Inc. 800-726-6654 email@example.com
Thanks for the quick reply. A sixty pound item needs to go on a skid or pallet? Now it will be closer to 100 lb, and too wide to go through any airplane cargo door I've seen. Do you ship long haul by truck, and side load?
Do you have some kind of a rate schedule for size and weight?
As long as the dimensions do not exceed 52 ‘ 11 “ long x 100 “ W x 108 “ H we can ship it.
Jane Reaves Forward Air Inc.
How do you deal with somebody who does everything except answer your questions?
I still don't know if I have to box it.
I still don't know if I have to put it on a pallet.
I still don't know how much it might cost.
Do you suppose Jane Reaves is really Ramesh Patel in Mumbai?
That's the trouble with email. People seem to hit send be
fore they are finished.
I would strap a 4x4 scrap under each end of the frame to make it easy to pick up with a forklift.
A couple of cardboard pieces taped to the corners to keep the boys at the terminal happy and you should be all set.
I would also call the terminal and get a contact you can actually talk to. Makes things a bit easier.
Best thing to do would be to wrap carboard around it on the corners and just show up at the terminal. They will weigh it and give you a quote for shipping. You don't need a pallet, just a piece of cardbaord to attach the waybill to.
In 2003 or 4 I had a frame shipped to me from Texas (I'm in Michigan).
It was about $130 at that time, shipped FED EX.
Believe it or not, it wasn't wrapped or palleted, and it came through fine!
Two tips I'd suggest though.
First, make sure that it isn't shipped as 'auto parts'- maybe claim it as artwork or something, there was (at that time anyway) a surcharge on auto parts. That may or may not be the case now.
Second, have it shipped to work or a business if you can. It cut the cost significantly to have it sent to my work. Plus, I got to show it off alot.
Obviously, things have probably changed some in the last 7 years or so, but those were my experience.
Thanks, and your mileage may vary!
Fed Ex wouldn't take a frame I tried to ship this year. The dimensions exceeded their limits. I finally shipped mine to Mass from the truckers dock in Sacramento for $300. It took some looking around, I was quoted ridiculous prices by some.
The most ridiculous part was I only paid the guy in Texas $20 for the frame, it cost almost 7 times that to ship it!!!
Oh well, we do what we have to, eh?
Last year I shipped an entire VW beetle body shell from Wi to Florida. I had to build a pallet and strap it on. It cost the buyer $360. It went from terminal to terminal with Yellow freight.
I shipped an early frame back east a couple of years ago with Forward Air Express. It goes by dimensional weight when crated; you can call them for an estimate. Because it was early and I didn't want it tweaked at all so I built a crate using 2x2, 1x2 and 1/4" plywood. Once I got to the terminal to drop it off they gave me an exact cost and I had to buy a money order to pay up front. There was a 7/11 store that sold them about 10 minutes away.
My 2 cents,
Frames don't normally fetch enough to make it worth the trouble. Forget the headache of shipping it, just put 'Pick up only' in your listing.
Probably enough Ebay buyers around there willing to make the trip to your location I'm sure. Half the T stuff I sell on Ebay ends up being shipped out to SoCal for some reason (and I live in Illinois) Jimmy
Tell them it's class 50 freight to get the cheapest rate but then it will be handled like class 50 freight. (The higher the class, the better the handling.) Forward Air does a good job but like someone else said, it's best to call.
I have shipped several arcade and pinball machines right from my home via Foreward and have never had an issue. They come right to the house, pick them up and put edge connectors and wrap them in blankets right there in my driveway.
And yes you can send it Fed-X. But remember, there are two different Fed-X companies - the Fed-X we grew up knowing, and the newer Fed-X Economy Freight company. Fed-X Freight will ship anything of any size just like a regular common carrier.
And above all, avoid UPS Freight Lines like the plague...unless you feel like paying through the nose.