I am travelling about 150 miles to pick up an Omega D-2V. I am going to partially disassemble it, as per Harry Taylor's recommendation, into three units: Enlarger Column/Chassis, Lamphouse/Variable Condenser, and Baseboard/Hardware. So my question is, can I pack this thing into a 4-door, mid-size car ('04 Toyota Corolla)?
As I was researching this, I did find a related post giving a column height of 46 inches, and I know that the standard baseboard measures 18" x 26".
So the baseboard is going into the trunk, and the lamphouse/condenser is going to rest on the driver-side rear floorboard, but what are the approximate dimensions of the chassis? I know the lamphouse/condenser should be kept vertical, but am I correct in assuming I can wrap a towel around the column/chassis and lay it across the back seat. Do I need to maintain the tension on the counterbalance springs with some kind of spacer?
I will probably have a human passenger in the front with me. Am I missing anything critical? Also, sorry if this is all terribly obvious, but this will be my first enlarger and I'd like to go into the situation with some clue as to what I should expect.