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11-15-2011 07:01 PM
timothale
gantry crane

I welded up a roll around Gantry crane, Like the one HF sells only bigger and stronger. I bought a School swing set a few years ago and the 6 In channel V tongues and axles from Portable school classrooms (Trailers) Swing set is outside, stores the Camper shell for one of the trucks. I used to use it for lifting projects when I made the gantry I used the School V tongues and some 6 X 6 1/4 wall tubing and 4 in I beam and trollies. MY Case 580 Ck is the preferred lifter if a project is outside. The farm forklift won't lift as much weight as the Case, and the forks are short, I used to have Fork extensions, Will need to weld up some .
11-15-2011 11:24 AM
unearthly57 bro and i used a small floor jack, couple of wood blocks and some muscle. couple more inches to go and ill secure it and make it more sturdy.
10-27-2011 09:24 AM
kg69z28 Engine lift with heavy duty straps. Take the doors off, theyre usually heavy and will reduce lifting load. Working on a slight incline, you'll need to be very cautious. I'd get extra people and be safe! Good luck
10-27-2011 08:45 AM
STRODDER I've had the cab on and off a few times since then. It's really easy with the lift.

10-27-2011 08:39 AM
STRODDER I use a lift usually, unless I have another car on it. Here's how I did it with a floor jack and jack stands.









10-27-2011 08:20 AM
cboy
Quote:
Originally Posted by RatPin
Once you live with one you'll never be able to go without.
That's a nice setup RatPin.
10-26-2011 09:23 PM
RatPin Once you live with one you'll never be able to go without. The fact that I am 30 miles out of town also makes it extremely difficult for me to call up buddies to swing by and help.

My build has been done completely by myself with the assistance of my trusty hydraulics.

As far as a platform for the cab , I use a wood pallet with harbor freight casters bolted to it. Nice easy $20 rolling cart.
10-26-2011 08:59 PM
cboy
Quote:
Originally Posted by ezekiel
...I can't see how that wooden frame is supported in the photos. Did you attach the 2x6's to the ceiling?
The top cross beam was assembled to the two support posts and then the unit was titled up and squared up with a level. Then I screwed a 2x4 to the ceiling joists on each side of the cross beam to keep it from moving.

I take this down whenever I'm not using it (to make more room in the shop) so I need to make it somewhat "portable".
10-26-2011 03:51 PM
ogre
Quote:
Originally Posted by cboy
Great for you younger guys.
well i should have said... get a 12 pack and 4 other guys. i'm a gimp...
10-26-2011 01:38 PM
ezekiel I like this simple but effective solution.

I can't see how that wooden frame is supported in the photos.

Did you attach the 2x6's to the ceiling?
10-20-2011 09:07 PM
cboy
Quote:
Originally Posted by unearthly57
... kudos to your cab stands. they look beastly...
Yes they are very stout. They are steel "grinder stands" that I found on sale at the local Menards (for those outside the Midwest, Menards is a bit like Home Depot or Lowes only more down to earth and working-guy friendly). They have come in handy for all sorts of odd jobs.

But no matter how stout the stands, I would advise always keeping the hoist completely fastened to the body as a backup precaution. Dumping a body could be disaster...particularly if you happen to be under it when it goes.
10-20-2011 12:53 PM
unearthly57
Quote:
Originally Posted by cboy
Great for you younger guys. But all of my friends (that's YOU Rattler 454) are old geezers just like me. Bad backs, bum knees, hips replaced, pace makers acting up. And a quart of Metamucil is a far more welcome enticement for this gang than a case of beer. Not to mention the fact that trying to organize these retired louts into a work crew is like trying to herd cats.

All that to say, I'd much rather rig up something so I can do it all solo on the day and hour I am ready. For the sedan delivery I made up a framework of 2x6's, fastened the top to my ceiling joists and then used a chain hoist to lift off the body.

However, during the lift-off I quickly discovered that the chain could scratch and mar the body, so while the body was up on stands, I bought a harbor freight winch made for the task. And it worked super when I dropped the body back down on a dolly for painting and then later for picking up the body again and placing it on the chassis. All-in-all I spent far less time making the support posts than I would have spent on the phone trying to organize the work parties needed.



i like the set up. kudos to your cab stands. they look beastly.
10-20-2011 12:35 PM
cboy
Quote:
Originally Posted by ogre
4 guys, 2 min. it really is the easy way...buy a 12 pack and get 3 more guys.
Great for you younger guys. But all of my friends (that's YOU Rattler 454) are old geezers just like me. Bad backs, bum knees, hips replaced, pace makers acting up. And a quart of Metamucil is a far more welcome enticement for this gang than a case of beer. Not to mention the fact that trying to organize these retired louts into a work crew is like trying to herd cats.

All that to say, I'd much rather rig up something so I can do it all solo on the day and hour I am ready. For the sedan delivery I made up a framework of 2x6's, fastened the top to my ceiling joists and then used a chain hoist to lift off the body.

However, during the lift-off I quickly discovered that the chain could scratch and mar the body, so while the body was up on stands, I bought a harbor freight winch made for the task. And it worked super when I dropped the body back down on a dolly for painting and then later for picking up the body again and placing it on the chassis. All-in-all I spent far less time making the support posts than I would have spent on the phone trying to organize the work parties needed.



10-17-2011 08:53 AM
S10xGN Engine crane if you work solo...

Russ
10-16-2011 03:59 PM
ogre 4 guys, 2 min. it really is the easy way.

or; straps, blocks, 2x4s, blocks and half a day.
buy a 12 pack and get 3 more guys.
my cab was on & off 4 times.
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