The fun part of dealing with John Barton’s collection is sorting through all the tools and goodies. Of course the less fun part was moving it all. John lived in a vintage autoshop that had a two story house above it. There was a trap door into a basement which I believe originally was a machine shop space and such. All the engines, axles, and other heavy items were down there. Thank goodness he had this installed above the trapdoor in the garage.
This vintage Ford chain hoist made all the work we did possible in a matter of hours. It slide back and forth on an I beam. Below is Pete hooking up an engine for lifting.
The process was slow, but saved our backs. Without the hoist we would never have been able to empty the place.
We managed to remove all the big items by the end of Saturday morning. We actually had two pickups and a Uhaul packed by Saturday afternoon. Below is a photo of Izzy celebrating the last of the engines being loaded in our rental truck.
If you want to see the hoist (and us) in action click here to view a video I uploaded: