Casters and Wheels for Buick Restoration
A former carpenter found that he needed to build a “body dolly” that could hold the body of his 1941 Buick Century Sedanette during its restoration.
During the restoration of his 1941 Buick Century Sedanette, Matt Harwood of Cleveland realized that until he could procure an auto rotisserie for deconstructing the car’s body, he would need some kind of apparatus to hold the vehicle’s body. As a former carpenter, Matt decided that the most practical solution, especially considering the temporary nature of the device, was to build this high-quality yet cost-effective “body dolly” himself.
Matt had a daunting task ahead of him, constructing a dolly that could hold approximately 1500 pounds. Still, he also needed it to be capable of maneuvering in any direction and rolling over the threshold of his garage without damaging his asphalt driveway. He also knew that any casters on this dolly needed to be strong enough to hold a minimum of 500 lbs each without flat spotting if the dolly was stationary for extended periods.
Matt could easily fashion a frame from wooden beams that were strong enough to support 1,500 lbs. However, Matt encountered some challenges in finding suitable casters that could withstand this project’s demands at a reasonable price for his budget. Before reaching out to Caster Connection, Matt received two exorbitant quotes for casters to finish this project at prices he simply couldn’t justify. Fortunately, that’s when Caster Connection contacted him to provide a quote for four heavy-duty polyurethane-on-steel casters, which he bought the same day.
These casters with polyurethane-on-steel wheels were strong enough to handle weight capacities of up to 1200 lbs. per caster without flat spotting when stationary for extended periods of time. The resiliency of the polyurethane tread was not only gentle enough not to damage Matt’s asphalt driveway, but Matt was impressed with how smoothly they could roll in all directions and how well they managed the threshold of his garage. In fact, Matt was so impressed with his casters from Caster Connection that he became a repeat customer when he needed more casters later in the restoration process. Caster Connection’s economically priced, heavy-duty casters helped keep this project cost effective.