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I have a date I need to deliver my car for bodywork to be done at Lotusbits.

They need shell and chassis. They would prefer no engine, so would I if it potentially keeps down labour costs.

However, that means no handbrake available, so the question is...

Can a car be safely transported on a car transporter with the ratchet type wheel straps only?


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Yep ..... agreed. Straps are fine. Just make sure you use four straps and not two that some people try. Occasionally one will come loose... and while three works just as well as four, one doesn't work nearly as well as two!!


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Thanks guys. Like the definite response.

Just worrying as things draw to a head.


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Handbrake only has any effect if the rear wheels are in good contact with the surface they're on, can you imagine how ineffective they are if the car is on a trailer bouncing away, thus the straps.

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Just hired a car transporter with 4 proper straps for £45.

Not bad.


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Um, its from a marina near nantwich in Cheshire - nantwichhire


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Yep just had my X180 trailered 90 miles down the motorway, no brakes, strapped down securely with four wheel straps, no problems.

Big thank you to Mike for sorting me out! :thumbsup:


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Simon give me shout if you need any help on transport day, I only live down the road in Madeley


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Simon give me shout if you need any help on transport day, I only live down the road in Madeley

Thanks Howard,

The actual transportation bit should be OK - the trailer has a winch!

My main logistical problem lies with getting the shell back onto the new chassis without damaging either them or us!

I used an engine crane across the front last time, 2 of us at each rear corner and another guy pulling out the chassis with a tow rope and car. The new chassis runs very easily now but guiding it in will be a fiddle. Any help for that bit would be gratefully received. Don't want anyone to get a hernia though!


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Completely agree, wheel straps are 100% safe and are the best choice for securing the car being transported.

I've trailered multiple cars for thousands of miles having competed in rallying for years. Wheel straps are by far the best way to secure a car to a trailer as they allow the trailered car to still benifit from it's own suspension rather than being compressed and stressing suspension mount points for miles and miles.

One other tip, I know this won't effect you this time Simon but while we are on the topic of trailering a car, if you have a car on a trailer always always leave the car out of gear. Reason: repeated rocking of the car back and forward on the same gear in the gearbox will cause damage to that gear.

And one final tip, balance the trailer! Too much weight to far back lifts the rear of the towing vehicle and will leave it prone to pushing the rear of the vehicle and a jack knife in extreme cases. Too much weight to far forward on the trailer will lift the front wheels of the towing vehicle and leave it very prone to understeer, dangerously so when braking, weight on the trailer goes forward and stops the towing vehicle leaning forward and reduces the amount of braking the front wheels can do before locking.

Sorry to hi-jck the thread with tips on securing cars on trailers!I hope it helps someone.

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Hijack welcomed!

You are right - I once transported a Citroen DS engine in a trailer and had the weight too far back because I didn't know otherwise. Nightmare! Still dont know how we made it back in one piece.

I sold the engine and had it transported by the Pros(to Malta in the end!)


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Any help for that bit would be gratefully received. Don't want anyone to get a hernia though!

just give me shout when you need a hand


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How not to do it!

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When I need to transport any of my cars, I use a commercially made "Y"bar that I obtained many years ago. It is fully adjustable to fit any vehicle with the exception of the Lotus Super 7 as the wishbones are not strong enough.

With the Y bar, I just use a trailer chevron board with lights, indicators etc. One problem with the Esprit is that the centre section of the Y bar is about 2 inches above the ground as I have had to make an extention to my tow bar to drop it by some 4 inches to tow the Esprit.

I have towed in this manner with trips over 500 kilometres

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