Monday, January 4, 2010

Welcome to my new Blog! Mike's Adventures and more!


I'm Mike and this is my blog to tell the world about my adventures with cars, boats, motorcycles, home theaters and more.
You never know what will capture my attention next and I will pour all of my attention into. Just ask my wife. I think it drives her crazy.

The Lotus Elise has captured my attention.

I bought a used 2006 Elise. Actually, I won it on eBay! This thing is a blast!!!

It's an English built sports car withToyota engine and drive train.

 This is not my daily driver. So I had to come up with a way to fit it in the two car garage with the other two cars and my son's scooter.

Enter the Four post 8000 lb Lift. This thing was heavy and I had to borrow a work truck and trailer to get it home. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO UNLOAD ONE OF THESE BY YOURSELF. Two months later and my back still hurts.

But it does it's job well. Operates off standard wall outlet and lifts either my MINI or LOTUS to the top.

Of course I thought the whole plan through first!  I also drew it out in AutoCAD.  It was too close to not get it exact.  I had to change the antenna on my MINI to a short stubby on to get this all to fit.


  1. Mike, how tall is your garage? Also, which lift is that and where did you get it?

  2. It's the Atlas Pro 8K from Greg Smith Equipment Company. I ordered it online.
    Maximum rise is 74" but I can't raise it that high with a car on it in my garage. My garage ceiling is 9' 3" tall at the back and almost 9' 5" tall by the door. I love it! It works well but I do really have to squat down to get into the Lotus when it is on the bottom.