Side by Side Parker one year ownership report

It is almost a year since I installed the Hero Hoists side by side parker. overall, I have been very happy with this hoist. It has freed up some space to work in my garage, without having to sacrifice some of the rent paying cars I store in there. I’ve had no problems with it.


BMW E39 Garage Chair

I’ve had two BMW E39 front seats in the garage for a couple of years. My brother wrote off his 1999 BMW 523i a couple of years back. He was originally going to do something with the seats, but since moved interstate. I’ve always thought that one of them would make a great garage chair. […]

Four post hoist oil drippage

I installed a double four post hoist late last year. Overall, I have been happy with the hoist. It is a very tight fit in my space, but it is worth being able to store cars more effectively. It also allows me to rent out a couple of spots to help cover my costs.

The […]

CTEK MXS 5.0 battery recondition mode

My E-Type has a habit of eating batteries. I seem to get about 2-3 years out of them before they struggle to start the car when cold. You might be thinking that these batteries are left discharged all the time – but not so! The E-Type is connected to a trickle charger when not in […]

Hero Hoists Side by Side Parker Installation Part 4

The Hero Hoists Side by Side Parker is now installed and fully operational. The locking mechanism is now working, and I have put the E-Type on top. In the last part, I had the electrical connection hooked up and did the final adjustment.

The challenge I had with the locking mechanism was that a […]

Hero Hoists Side by Side Parker Installation Part 3

The Hoist is almost operational! The only thing left is to get the unlocking mechanism working. In part two I installed the motor and hydraulic lines. Yesterday an electrician connected up the hoist for me. After fixing a minor hydraulic leak I had a working hoist (sans unlock rod). This is timely as I needed […]

Product Review Update: SCA Hydraulic Vehicle Positioning Jack

Back in 2015 I did a review on the SuperCheap Auto Vehicle Positioning Jack. I had purchased a set of these during a SCA sale. Overall, I have mixed feelings about this purchase. The jacks are useful to move cars that are not running. The big challenge with them is that moving even a medium […]

Hero Hoists Side by Side Parker Installation Part 2

In Part 1, I had done the heavy lifting to get the Side by Side Parker installed. I have arranged an electrician to come and hook the hoist up on Wednesday. This gave me a deadline to get as much as I could before they arrive. Most importantly to mount the motor.

The motor is […]

Hero Hoists Side by Side Parker Installation Part 1

I help defray the costs of my workshop by renting some spaces for car storage. This was making the workshop quite cramped, especially with the addition of the 560SEC. Hero hoists offered an interesting four post hoist – a model that could lift two cars side by side and lift them both without the centre […]

The great shed tour of 2016

As you go to car shows and car club events, you realize that there are many more big car collections out there than you would expect. Not just celebrities like Jay Leno, but people who live in the same city as you who have extensive and interesting car collections. Friends of mine think I am […]