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  • R.I.P. Mr Key

    Well to give him his full name it's Mr Four Key.
    He was born in the Hyster fork truck factory sometime in the late 1970's and presumably had an easy life with his first owners with being new.

    How many owners he then had I have no idea but I bought this about 10 years ago in rather a sorry state. No brakes, handbrake cable missing and one cell of the batteries linked out as it has blown up thru being charged up the wrong way.

    But hey it worked, lifted 3/4 of a tonne and was small enough to go thru a standard door being 28" wide and 6' 2" tall.

    I have no reason not to believe that the batteries are not original seeing as they have over spray on them and look that old.
    Brakes still don't work [ got reverse ] and now down to having three cells linked out but it won't accept any charge at all.

    Batteries are not an option given that the scrap price of batteries is so high. I paid £440 for this 10 years ago, S/H battery pack is liable to be around £600 and the truck will still be 40+ years old with no brakes so it's time to do a tiffie.



    Didn't realise just how old as in the picture the old green van is visible, had the later red van over 10 years.

    Local scrap yard reckon it will weigh in for £300 so £140 running costs over 10 years isn't bad, don't use it a lot, probably only 2 or 3 times a week now.

    Going to see a new, well S/H, truck this afternoon.

    R.I.P. 4Key
    .

    Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.




  • #2
    You wouldn't need a new battery if you just got a really long extension lead. If you made it just long enough to reach the road you wouldn't need breaks either...
    Peter - novice home machinist, modern motorcycle enthusiast.

    Denford Viceroy 280 Synchro (11 x 24)
    Herbert 0V adapted to R8 by 'Sir John'.
    Monarch 10EE 1942

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    • #3
      I wish I was closer and in the same country. I would buy just the mast from you for 300!
      Location: The Black Forest in Germany

      How to become a millionaire: Start out with 10 million and take up machining as a hobby!

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      • #4
        Sell the hydraulics,mast & forks seperate & get more than you have in it. Farmers here love to mont them to tractors. Or some one may want to make a shop crane. Just an idea.
        Last edited by flylo; 11-03-2012, 07:24 AM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by flylo View Post
          Sell the hydraulics,mast & forks seperate & get more than you have in it. Farmers here love to mont them to tractors. Or some one may want to make a shop crane. Just an idea.
          Good point, the scrap guy probley is paying $200 just for the ballist weights and battery lead anyway.
          Play Brutal Nature, Black Moons free to play highly realistic voxel sandbox game.

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          • #6
            Done deed.
            Got a new [ well to me anyway ] cat 1 tonner on 3 wheels coming Monday or Tuesday
            Just a tad bigger than 4Key but still able to get down the path and inside.

            Lifts higher and believe it or not, it's got brakes, never had a fork truck with brakes before.

            Old truck is going to a customer for what was offered in scrap, they want it to just lift pallets up to a mezzanine flooring section and they will power it from the mains as it won't move.
            .

            Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.



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            • #7
              Originally posted by John Stevenson View Post
              Old truck is going to a customer for what was offered in scrap, they want it to just lift pallets up to a mezzanine flooring section and they will power it from the mains as it won't move.
              Glad to hear the old boy lives on and is in good use.
              Definition: Racecar - a device that turns money into noise.

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              • #8
                Old truck is going to a customer for what was offered in scrap, they want it to just lift pallets up to a mezzanine flooring section and they will power it from the mains as it won't move.
                Aah so I was nearly right! I must be psychedelic...
                Peter - novice home machinist, modern motorcycle enthusiast.

                Denford Viceroy 280 Synchro (11 x 24)
                Herbert 0V adapted to R8 by 'Sir John'.
                Monarch 10EE 1942

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                • #9
                  Nice to hear of a happy ending every now and then --- after all - it's not a disposable bic lighter right?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by John Stevenson View Post
                    Done deed.
                    Got a new [ well to me anyway ] it's got brakes, never had a fork truck with brakes before.
                    As an old warehouse hand told me once "it's not going that makes things slide off the forks,it's the stopping that does it"

                    -Be careful
                    I just need one more tool,just one!

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                    • #11
                      you're buying a new Chinese one and not going to use it?
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                      • #12
                        Not too swift, esp today...Mr Four Key..., now I "get" it...you're not supposed to get a case of the giggles after 50 y.o. are you ?
                        Last edited by RussZHC; 11-03-2012, 04:47 PM.

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                        • #13
                          "four-key" like "donald" for yer van ? or is it yet too early for that kind of talk ?

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                          • #14
                            I think it's pronounced "forky" but im not British so I could be way way off...

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                            • #15
                              Sort of like four candles

                              IGMC
                              Dave
                              Just south of Sudspumpwater UK

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