|03-22-2012 06:47 PM|
I like this idea as well.
I just happen to have an electric overhead winch attached to my hoist.
|03-22-2012 09:18 AM|
I am just a back yard hack, never been in the business.
By far the easiest I have ever hung doors is using an overhead crane.
Put a choker around the door so it hangs in a balanced upright position.
Fly it to the door opening, lower into place.
A few bumps of the control buttons to align and done, ready for final alignment. Total time per door maybe 3 minutes.
|03-22-2012 08:19 AM|
Theres also something to be said about brians way (getting a helper) That way if you scratch the paint you can have someone to blame....
|03-13-2012 07:46 PM|
E-Tek, I too have been in the business for 35 years and I find that it is no big deal at all to move a door up. How have we done it all the years before these jacks or lifts existed? I have never worked at a shop in my life including my own where I was basically a one man show, never had anything but my body to lift a door, in fact got pretty good at putting them on, and hoods and trunks by myself.
I hear were you are coming from in that it could make it easier but it certainly isn't necessary.
|03-13-2012 06:30 PM|
|10-11-2011 05:39 PM|
|gow589||I don't think you could move a door up or down a 1/16" with a bumper jack. I have never ad a problem moving the door in small increments. With the bolts snug, loosen, minor adjustment, tighten done.|
|10-10-2011 04:27 PM|
Now that is an interesting idea.
|10-10-2011 04:23 PM|
|123pugsy||The ones like gow589's got would be nice if the upright post was made from an old bumper jack maybe.|
|10-09-2011 11:18 PM|
Well, I got really po'ed at myself, and one thing I did was to remove the doors without help of any kind. Not something I want to do everyday, and I will have to have something like the dolly above to reattach them when I get to that point. Need to build something to roll them around the garage too.
|10-05-2011 02:52 PM|
|gow589||Actually Martin I used the dolly to hang the door first. I put the door on the dolly, put the wrench on the bolt, loosened it a little, adjusted the height, tighten the bolt and it was done. Minor adjustment during door fitment but always an easy one man job. I had manhandeled them before and this was a 100x better and not bad for something which was made in about 2hrs.|
|10-05-2011 08:03 AM|
|10-05-2011 08:00 AM|
The biggest problem with any of these lifts is that the door has to be PERFECTLY placed to install it, we are talking it's tilt, its height, it's in and out movement at top and bottom, all of these have to be near flawless to put the bolts in. If the stand changes or the body is moved at all from when the door was removed, if this relationship changes in any way you will need to make VERY precise changes to be able to put the door back on the car.
I have hung more doors than there are characters in the posts of this thread and that is the one thing that pops into my head when I think of these stands, I have tried them. I have tried a number of different ones because I used to work by myself, a one man bodyshop. I then worked with a guy who was an Einstein like character who would make and design tools everyday. He made a few different versions of these tools, they all failed.
If you were working on ONE car like that beautiful Pantera (STUNNING work you are doing there) with a body on a rack that doesn't change and a perfectly flat floor and such yeah as long as the door rack adjustments don't get changed you can put the door on the rack and wham, roll it up to the car and bolt it on.
But if that adjustment gets changed, the entire plan is down the tubes. To roll the door on the rack up to the car and then adjust the thing and all the angles needed to bring that door up to the precise spot to bolt it on is going to a HUGE undertaking with you sure to end up chipping the paint.
Can it be done, sure, but getting help in some way is going to be so much better.
I am not arguing that it can't be done. All I am wanting to express is that the time spent making up something like this for most of us would be better spent on other things that would move the project forward. The bolting and the unbolting of the doors in place are a MICROSCOPIC amount of time in the grand scheme of things. When you think about the hundreds or thousands of hours spent on one of these projects the three and a half minutes it takes to bolt the door on the car is pretty small.
|10-05-2011 12:03 AM|
|dinger||I've used a floor jack with carpeted 2x4's, u shaped. Find a close to balance point, jack the frame up into the door just enough to be holding it, pull the bolts. It's always easier to do this though with the front fender off.|
|10-04-2011 09:45 PM|
I made this one - works well and is easy to adjust the door while you're working (video attached below photo):
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|10-03-2011 05:34 PM|
I tell ya, the door dolly has been invaluable. I had each door on and off a dozen times getting the jam right. I have been able to move the doors all around with ease and now are stored in the basement till I am ready for them.
The wonderful thing about adjustments it, they go back on the correct height.
It took me about 2 hours to cut up the parts and weld them together. The time and difficulty they saved was invaluable.
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