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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-11-2004, 09:36 AM
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Bed mounted hoist or crane for an engine swap?

I have a nice cherry-picker that is currently in storage until I close on my new house-and my buddy and I need to do a quick 350 swap in our dumptruck. Has anyone ever used a bed-mounted hoist similar to the one seen here in the northern catalog?

http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/w...roductId=74569

It says the capacity is 1000 pounds and our engine should be no more than 700 or so. Just wondering if there would be any mounting problems-or tips and tricks if anyone has done this before. Should an extra stiffener plate be added-even if the base is mounted through the frame?

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Re: Bed mounted hoist or crane for an engine swap?

Here's a pic of the hoist I used for my swap. It took a little wrangling since I was by myself.
So it is very doable as long as the capacity of the hoist is up to weight of the engine.
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Re: Bed mounted hoist or crane for an engine swap?

If you are only going to need a hoist for one day you may look into borrowing one, or renting one from a parts store. Or maybe if you have a good pal that is a mechanic you could borrow it for $20 or so. Having the right tool for the job really makes a difference, and a proper hoist makes pulling a motor go smoothly.
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Re: Bed mounted hoist or crane for an engine swap?

Used to have one of those...it was great for putting axles and engines into the bed, but I don't think I'd want to use it to do a swap...I don't think you can get close enough to do a straight lift, and I don't think it would lift high enought to do clear the core support, especially on a dump truck. And it sure was a project to install...I did put a large plate under the bed to support it. Just pull yours out of storage, or rent one.
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Re: Bed mounted hoist or crane for an engine swap?

Saw one on the TV show "Two Guys garage"..It mounts in trailers hitch, has a bar to left side of truck, then a riser bar of about 4-5 foot...arm attached to that that is the lifting arm...Heavy duty boat trailer winch does the lifting...good for about 1,000 lbs....Maybe if you go on line and search their show you could find it.
It was so simple, some steel, torch, winch, pivot pins, and you could build in in a few hours.
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Re: Bed mounted hoist or crane for an engine swap?

I would bet that the 1000lb rating is with the arm in it's shortest position. Once you start to lengthen that top arm to reach out over stuff, the max rating will decrease substantially. Might send them an e-mail to see if they can give you some specifics on this. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: Bed mounted hoist or crane for an engine swap?

WOW I wish I had one of those. Shop space would be a problem though!
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Re: Bed mounted hoist or crane for an engine swap?

If you've ever looked at truck mounted engine hoists, like irrigation outfits use, they have HUGE mounting plates with gussets. My biggest worry would be, unless you've really got that base beefed up, that it doesn't have a big enough foot print to hold the weight off of the ground for any length of time.
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