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Victor A. Flores 02-28-2008 05:43 PM

Need a gadget/contraption
 
Hey guys, need to pick a few brains for some ideas. Need a system that lets one person pick the cap off of a truck and store it in another location. So far my idea is a hoist from above picking the cap up and off. Only problem is what to use as the "hooks" or "fingers" that will grab and pick the cap off the bed rails without damaging the lip of the cap that rests on the bed rails.
Also, some sort of a "swinging arm" to swing the cap to another location. Or a sytem where you back the truck up to say a pair of arms or rails that when you back up the cap rides up and onto those arms or rails. So give me some ideas and I hope that some are tried and true.

travelover 02-28-2008 06:31 PM

I have one of these inexpensive overhead hoists in my barn to lift things. I've seen them used for convertible hard tops.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=44006

You might make up some nylon straps with plastic coated hooks to grab the cab by the lower edges. Home Depot sells the plastic coat as a dip or paint on in the glue isle.

Then there is this:

http://www.topcaplift.com/

Or this:

http://4wheeldrive.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=4wheeldrive&cdn=autos&tm=2&f=20&su=p706.5.4 20.ip_p284.8.150.ip_&tt=2&bt=1&bts=1&zu=http%3A//www.4are.com/cgi-bin/msgview.cgi%3Fpictureid%3D9%26app%3DSuggestions%2C %2520Questions%2520and%2520Ideas

Or this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/camper-shell-topper-hoist_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ63697QQihZ012QQit emZ220205817855QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW

Or this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/TRUCK-SHELL-CAMPER-CAP-HOIST-A-TOP-TRUCK-HOIST_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ33642QQihZ005QQit emZ150219867243QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW

Victor A. Flores 02-28-2008 07:09 PM

Travelover, thanks. Pretty much exactly what I'm looking for. Just thinking that the rubber hooks would either break, crack that lip on the cap or at least put some ugly abrasions taking away the paint on the cap. But thanks again, just what I needed.

travelover 02-28-2008 07:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Victor A. Flores (Post 16473)
Travelover, thanks. Pretty much exactly what I'm looking for. Just thinking that the rubber hooks would either break, crack that lip on the cap or at least put some ugly abrasions taking away the paint on the cap. But thanks again, just what I needed.


Maybe you could use vacuum pads to grip the top. Might cost a few bucks, but........

http://www.powrgrip.com/cgi-bin/powrgrip/equipment_accessory_mounts.html

handyguys 02-29-2008 06:36 AM

I have always thought a full bridge crane layout in my garage would be cool! Essentially a chain hoist that can be positioned or moved anywhere in the garage and operated by remote control!
http://www.dearborncrane.com/crane_buyers_guide/bridge_cranes.htm
http://www.lkgoodwin.com/more_info/nomad_free_standing_overhead_bridge_crane/nomad_free_standing_overhead_bridge_crane.shtml

travelover 02-29-2008 06:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by handyguys (Post 16480)
I have always thought a full bridge crane layout in my garage would be cool! Essentially a chain hoist that can be positioned or moved anywhere in the garage and operated by remote control!
http://www.dearborncrane.com/crane_buyers_guide/bridge_cranes.htm
http://www.lkgoodwin.com/more_info/nomad_free_standing_overhead_bridge_crane/nomad_free_standing_overhead_bridge_crane.shtml

Yea! Now you are talkin'!!

inspectorD 03-02-2008 06:07 AM

Very useful indead...
 
A 15 ton capacity...you could change your own oil from underneath!!

Probably worth more than the garage it's usually in:eek: , and no one can borrow it.:D


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