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Old 09-15-2005, 03:40 AM
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insomniac engine hoist

Need skinned knuckle engineering advice on building an engine hoist from 2 inch (nom.) schedule 40 steel pipe. I'm thinking of making an X base with a center post capped by a pivoting, fixed-angle hoist arm. Either a come-along or winch and cable could be used to lift the engine. The pivot would allow it to swing to deposit the engine on a truck bed or trailer. This arrangement would be useful where there is no concrete floor for a wheeled hoist.

Any thoughts, criticisms, strength numbers on the pipe, etc., are welcome.
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