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Old 02-19-2004, 10:09 PM   #1
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Default Steel Pipe A-Frame Engine Hoist: How To?

Somewhere, can't remember for the life of me now, I saw a great article, probably in one of the 50's little magazines, that explained how to build an A-frame engine hoist out of threaded steel pipe.

It was built in such a way as to be broken down easily, and I believe was described in such a way as being easy to take to the lakes, or wherever, so that you could break it down into its component parts.

I can guess most of the parts: involved making an upside-down 'u' shape out of three straights and two 90' elbows. However, on the top straight, before you put on the elbows, you would put on a 'T' coupler on each side that would slip-fit over the top straight's OD. Straights would go into the bottom of the 'T's and you'd connect the two legs with a piece of chain.

I've probably described this thing to death, but the article laid it out so nicely, wondering if anyone knows what I'm talking about, or has built something similar they can describe for me.

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Old 02-20-2004, 04:09 AM   #2
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Default Re: Steel Pipe A-Frame Engine Hoist: How To?

I've seen 400lbs or so lifted with an EMT A-frame with a heavier steel pipe crossmember- it would be a lot lighter that way and you don't have extra material where the pipe is in compression and doesn't need it.
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Old 02-20-2004, 05:07 AM   #3
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Default Re: Steel Pipe A-Frame Engine Hoist: How To?

I'd be interested in building one of these too.
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Old 02-20-2004, 09:19 PM   #4
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Default Re: Steel Pipe A-Frame Engine Hoist: How To?

VonTingler - thanks for the response. Poverty is often as much the mother of invention as is necessity, I know!

PraisetheLowered - forgive my ignorance - what is EMT? I've racked my work-weary brain but can't associate words with the acronym.

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Old 02-20-2004, 09:29 PM   #5
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Default Re: Steel Pipe A-Frame Engine Hoist: How To?

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Old 02-20-2004, 09:59 PM   #6
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Default Re: Steel Pipe A-Frame Engine Hoist: How To?

Electrical Metallic Tubing- That light thin wall electrical conduit- sorry, I'm an architect and I spend all day typing out abreviated construction notes.

On the wood thing, I built a temporary frame to pull a cab off a truck, then used it for firewood a few weeks later- here it is in action
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Old 02-20-2004, 10:01 PM   #7
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Default Re: Steel Pipe A-Frame Engine Hoist: How To?

Electrical Metallic Tubing...or conduit.

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Old 02-20-2004, 11:22 PM   #8
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Huh, never heard conduit called that before. My bad.
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Old 11-20-2008, 12:55 PM   #9
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Default Re: Steel Pipe A-Frame Engine Hoist: How To?

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Electrical Metallic Tubing- That light thin wall electrical conduit- sorry, I'm an architect and I spend all day typing out abreviated construction notes.

On the wood thing, I built a temporary frame to pull a cab off a truck, then used it for firewood a few weeks later- here it is in action
praisethe lowered - What did you use to raise and lower the cab? I see the beam through the cab, but what "made it go"? We're about to build an A-frame for just this reason. Three of us have cab to lift off in the next few weeks and we want to save our backs.
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Old 11-20-2008, 01:19 PM   #10
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Default Re: Steel Pipe A-Frame Engine Hoist: How To?

Don't use anything associated with ELECTRICAL, the steel is not meant to take any sort of weight. In the 60's a neighbor who was an army eng tied 3 pcs of pipe together at the top with rope and left a loop to hook the chainblock onto,worked great removing the FH from my brother's 53 Merc pickup and put in the OLD's(or Buick?) engine in, Henry.
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Old 11-20-2008, 03:34 PM   #11
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Speaking of Army engineer tricks, my favorite is the Gin Pole. Basically, it is one boom, one end on the ground, the other end high in the air angled over the load. You stabilize it with four guy lines.

The beauty is that it uses a minimum of material.

I have used them several times to pull a motor. I have attached the guy lines to the base of nearby trees, car bumpers (make sure wheels are chocked!), and so on - whatever was handy.

Here's a shot of my grandkids using a gin pole.
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Old 11-20-2008, 03:59 PM   #12
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How 'bout some redneck engineering?
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Old 11-20-2008, 04:25 PM   #13
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seriously for what you are gonna spend on say 2"iron pipe and a chain fall you could buy a fold up cherrypicker from harbor frieght or tractor supply and it will be lighter and take up less space,even if you break all the pipe down.and trust me 3"you wouldnt even want to try and move.i once tried the 2"pipe trick but it buckled under the wieght of an sbc,it was just long enough to span a 78 chevy truck.poor truck.do yourself a favor buy the picker unless you have access to free steel..............
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Old 11-20-2008, 04:30 PM   #14
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I built mine in the garage about 8 feet into the garage. A 10' four by eight sitting on the garage wall top plate, and held up buy a 8' 4x4 post on the other end. I hinged the 4x4 to fold up under the 4x8 when not in use. Pretty solid and lifted engines and bodys with a chain hoist of one ton capacity.

When it is not in use the end is held up by a tie to the spreader that holds the side walls of the garage together..

simple, cheap, and works.

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Old 11-20-2008, 04:30 PM   #15
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Too bad you don't live near Arkansas, there's one in every front yard...........
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Old 11-20-2008, 05:32 PM   #16
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Default Re: Steel Pipe A-Frame Engine Hoist: How To?

I built a A frame a couple of years ago, because I was tired of the hassle of using a Cherry Picker.
And it's Traditional, as used back in the day at the Drags and Bonneville.
About a year after I built mine, I came across this article by Frank Oddo in the April 1976 issue of Street Rodder, on building one, almost the same dimensions that I used.
It works great, and can be dissasembled for storage.
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Old 11-20-2008, 05:57 PM   #17
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Default Re: Steel Pipe A-Frame Engine Hoist: How To?

Check out this 'un...

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Old 11-20-2008, 07:01 PM   #18
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Check out this 'un...

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As long as the pipe is strong enough...
That one looks like a neat design, not too portable but the swing out of the way idea...I like it! What was old is new again.
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Old 11-20-2008, 09:04 PM   #19
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Default Re: Steel Pipe A-Frame Engine Hoist: How To?

Look on page 74-75 of the new Rodder's Journal # 42. Referring to that picture,I'd just make sure that the elbows joining the legs to the crossbar couldn't turn on the threads and let the base of the legs slide apart collapsing the frame. Also, look on page 81, same issue. I'd scan it but don't want to piss off Steve Coonan!
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Old 11-20-2008, 09:09 PM   #20
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Now, that's really trick!!
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