I need to move my 26 roadster to my new house and it down not have the engine pan in it. What's the best way to get this on a trailer without bending the front springs?
I was thinking about using ratchet straps to tie the front axel with the rear axle, then use a come along tied to the front axel to pull it up on the trailer.
Take the radiator off and use a soft tie around the frame at the center or loop a soft tie over the top of the spring. You don't want to be pulling on the spring perch or axle. http://www.blazenauto.com/store/2a-15857511-B01F7O0OK4-Vault_Cargo_Management_VC M_SLTDS_12_4_Soft_Loop_Tie_Down_Straps.html or just tie a stout rope where it won't do any harm.
I don't know how far you are going, so you might want to tie down the wishbone ball by clamping a board across the frame and put a strap over the ball to just hold it in place. You could also do this with a piece of scrap steel. You just want something to keep the axle in place, it doesn't have to be fancy.
Borrow a pan from Steve Jelf
Use a soft strap in this location between the top of the springs and the frame.
Why not tie the rear axle in both directions to stabilize any front to rear motion and then stabilize the front to eliminate any side to side motion?
This would eliminate any front to rear stress on the front axle & frame, provided the rear is snug and can't move.
I'm going to try and use an old pan I have on a frame to temporarily bolt in and hold the front then use a come-a-long to pull it up on the trailer. Taking everything apart right now is a no-no because I don't have room or time to put it all back on. The whole car is together with no engine. I'll let you know how it goes.
Tony, he could do that but it would be a 340-mile round trip.