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hard top hoist

hi there

i'm looking for some of your home made hard top hoists. i've been trying to think of a good way to make one that can also double as a pick up truck cap hoist.

anybody got good ones that have been working for them?

do you have pictures?

i was thinking of being real lazy and trying to find a super cheap used winch that i can use to make it a power hoist.

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Re: hard top hoist

I'm wondering if a hoist is really necessary complication. A bar / rod/square tube that is wider than the hard top, with hooks or loops at each end could be placed under one end, which you then lift until you can hook it on two ropes or chains of the appropriate length hanging from above.

Or you could have ropes hanging down from above long enough to go under the hard top from each side. They would join together in the middle. One rope with a hook and the other end with a loop. Slip them under, lift till you can connect the two ends and it will be suspended at that height.
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How is this Hard Top Hanger Thread
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I have the Quadratec Hoist. I like it. A word of advice on the lift for te truck cap. Don't use hooks under the sides to lift it. I did and after letting it hang for about 2 monthe in really hot weather it spread about 1/2 inch at the rear. Not good. [img]images/graemlins/thud.gif[/img] After that I used 1x1 pipe running from side to side. I was ableto get it back in shape the following summer using pipe clamps, but it leaked that winter.
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darn search gets me everytime!! [img]images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]

thanks!

any more of you with ideas/pictures please share
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1. Here's mine...



2. Now if I only could find a garage again... [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]

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Re: hard top hoist

Pic of the one I made, 2 hooks one hangs level with the top on other with it off.
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Re: hard top hoist

I just rigged a compound pulley setup the other week and will be installing a trailer winch soon. Currently I am just using rope in a double cradle to attach to the top, but I would like to change to something like what you (Rio) or Leve has. My question is what does the single chain/vinyl covered line attach to in the back?
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</font><blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr />
My question is what does the single chain/vinyl covered line attach to in the back?

[/ QUOTE ]1. On a CJ a rear lift point is hard to find,
2. Unless you open the lift gate,
3. Then there can be a clearance problem.
4. So that little vinyl covered cable,
5. Goes over the back of the lift gate while it's closed,
6. And attaches to the handle.
7. This acts as a lift/balance point.
8. It ma seem a bit crazy to do this...
9. But it works...
10. And in the several years I've used this system,
11. It's never caused a problem.


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Re: hard top hoist

I used three 2X4 with eye bolts on each end. One bolts all the way at the back, at the last set of holes that mount to the tub. Then another 2X4 at the rounded, top, back section of the door opening. The eye bolts are on the outside of the top. The third 2X4 is screwed into the windshield channel. Then i took a piece of 2x2 square tubing about 6 to 8 foot long and drilled three holes for the 2X4's. I ran 3/8 rope from the eye bolts to the 2x2 and tied a few good nots. The front 2x4 at the windshield channel, really doesnt do much, i was just worried about warpage, since it hangs in a metal building about 20 foot up. Lots of heat. So i wanted a little pressure to keep it from wanting to warp down.

We then figured out the center of the weight drill another hole in the 2X2 square tubing and added another eye bolt. From that i have a block and tackle with 3/8 rope running around it and to the wall. A baby could lift it up and down. With a block and tackle there really isnt a need for a winch.

Mum that reminds me i should go check on it, i havent looked at it for atleast two years.
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