Shipping an 8.75 center

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    Ok what is the safest way to ship one of these? I see the how to on how to store one but didn't see anything through searches on how to ship it. Thanks for any help.
     
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    If you want it to get there in one piece...

    1. Heavy wall or double wall cardboard box
    2. Box should be 3 inches wider on all sides than the item inside
    3. 3" ridged foam insulation on all 6 sides.
    4. 1/8" plywood inside the cardboard box to reinforce the 6 sides
    5. Bag the center section
    6. Place center section on the box
    7. Fill the box with popcorn packing
    8. Tape the box with heavy duty filament tape. All 12 edges and around the middle in both directions.
    It is heavy and the carrier WILL drop it many times.

    I used to work in a department store shipping $100 to $300 (EACH and that's in 1980 dollars) crystal glasses to customers. I never had one of my packages come back broken.

    Last note. A rectangular / square box will be cheaper than a round or irregular shaped box to ship. The weight is not as important. I shipped an empty box sized for an 8 3/4 housing ~12 lbs there ~75 bucks, ~50lbs back, ~85 bucks (actual numbers in my HOW TO SHIP an 8 3/4 HOUSING how to)

    AND do not purchase the postage inside a UPS or FedEx store, you will pay retail vs the price online.
     
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      When I bought one from a member here in IN and shipped to me in WI, we put it in two 5 gallon buckets. One bucket inside the other or it will break out the bottom. Then just tape the top. They cost extra due to the weight, but it works well. Kind of depends on how far it needs to go too.
       
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        How to Ship an 8 3/4 Housing in the How to section
        3rd one down from the top left Engine trans and drivetrain with cartoons
         
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          That's for a whole rear end. I looked at that one. Well I didn't look all the way down the thread but he mentioned wheel studs near the top. Maybe I missed it?
           
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          Was it like this?
          Home Made Easy 8-3/4 Center Chuck Storage | For A Bodies Only Mopar Forum
           
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          my bad
           
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            Not a problem man. Thanks for replying!
             
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              A bought one on eBay that was in Hawaii and had it shipped to Georgia. It came in a cardboard box that was about 2 inches thick in layered cardboard. It was wrapped in those heavy plastic straps they bundle lumber with.
               
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                That's my how to and it is specifically for a bare housing. But the method holds true for a center section alone

                In the case of the housing, the ends are flat so they could be against the ridged foam but a center section does not have any flats, so that's why I suggest you reverse the foam and plywood in the box.
                 
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                  I'll definitely keep this in mind. With all that I think I'd have to add a little for handling the way it sounds. That isn't a 20 minute pack up like when I sold the sure grip carriers.
                   
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                    Choose a container. Wrap the part in plastic wrap. Place in the container and fill the container with expanding foam/insulation from a hardware center. After it has hardened, trim to fit the container as needed.
                     
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                      5 gallon pail
                       
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                        The most important thing is to protect the ring gear. Peanut packing doesn't work. The chunk will destroy the packing. A guy shipped me a 392 hemi iron bellhousing; there was a little bit of cardboard still attached when I received it. Smash down a plastic milk carton over the ring gear. Run lots of wire thru the bolt holes over the plastic to make sure it doesn't get moved over. TIGHT. Maybe even melt it a little bit with a torch. Attach that part securely and then wrap it in cardboard with lots of duct tape. It will destroy any box or bucket if it's mishandled (which it will be). I like to tie rope around stuff like that so it has loops in a few places for handles.
                         
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                          If you do this, resist the urge to get the foam for large cracks. And be patient. I did this very thing shipping some Hemi exhaust manifolds and found that the large crack foam produces huge holes that don't provide support. I also found that layering it in layers thicker than about 2" prevented the foam from completely curing. It would skin over and even days later, the interior had still not hardened. It'll work but it's a slow process.
                           
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                            The double 5 gal bucket works great but I take 2 pcs of 2x4 wood and place in the bottom to keep the ring gear from hitting the bottom. If you wrap the unit in a contractor trash bag then go to walmart and buy the GE brand spray foam insulation. Use it to fill in some gaps snap on the lid. Add some duct tape and ship it.
                             
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                              Bucket, remove the carrier. I think I looked into this and found if you remove the caps and carrier, it will sit in the bucket upside down and you can place the carrier on top. put a piece of plywood on the bottom and pack it with empty capped 16-20oz water bottles. They dont pop, dont shift and are almost free. May want to see if the center actually bottoms out in the bucket or else put some bottles under it so it doesnt wedge into the sides and cause a side rupture. maybe some glass tape around the bucket. I'd FedEx it. It may be more expensive but the tracking is better and the customer service is top notch. Not saying itll make it but I think it has a better change with FedEx than UPS or USPS.....If you pack it into a box, the wood supported strap down with a handle is a great idea as it will be handled buy the handle most every time.
                               
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                                Thanks for everyone's ideas! I have 2 completes that I need to sell and I know I will be asked to ship. Seems like a pain to do. I'll be posting them soon though. After I figure out the way I'm going to pack them. That way they are ready to go when someone buys them rather than waiting for me to get them packed up.
                                 
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                                get a cross country quote before you even price them because EVERYONE asks about shipping cost as its a deal breaker many times. If you price them with shipping, you'll get quality inquiries. Good luck. Thats a hard item to pack properly.
                                 
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                                Use a small Coleman etc cooler and tape the snot out of it . Handles make it easy move around. Pack it with foam , newspaper , old sheets... anything to cushion it .
                                 
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                                A plastic container will crack the first time it's dropped if the temperature is under 40 degrees. It's like this; the carrier itself is the thing that will destroy the packaging; not anything external. So, just try to cover it up, not protect anything but the ring gear from shock. You could use some old car seat upholstery to wrap it up in. A couple of handles on it would help the shippers handle it. If they have to bend over and use two hands, they'll get pissed and throw it around.
                                 
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                                  My brother shipped an 8.75 pumpkin to me from MN exactly as I described above . Worked awesome !
                                   
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