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Old 09-29-2008, 03:54 PM   #1
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Default Overhead Lift trolley system under $300.

I only have a two-car garage and limited space, as I am sure a lot of us are in the same boat. So this is what I did to set up an overhead trolley system while keeping the cost down. Items you will need are as follows.

You will need 2 6"X6"X8’ pressure treated beam (Home Depot $24 each)
A metal I-beam 19’ long (new 6" $350) used 8" 24’ long off of craigslist $100
One or two ton overhead trolley (Harbor Freight)
1 ton #97392-2VGA $59.99
2 ton #40493-7VGA $79.99
Chain hoist (Harbor Freight)
1 ton #30324-6VGA $64.99
2 ton #631-7VGA $72.99
A couple of 2X4
I used a total of (6) 8 inch lag bolts (8) 3" lag bolts

Locate the area you want to set up the trolley (I set mine up in the center of my garage for removing the body from my car)

Attach 2X4X20" between the two wall studs at the top, middle, and bottom to attach 6"X6".

Use the lag bolts to attach the 6X6 to the 2X4 (Ensure that you measure the distance between the floor and ceiling, then deduct the thickens of you I-beam first)

Now call all of you buddies over, be sure not to tell them what your planning or they might not show, or find an AC duct lift. Now lift you metal I-beam on top of your two 6X6 beams and then using the (8) 3" lag bolts attach the I-beam to the 6X6

Attach your Trolley to the I-beam and attach your chain hoist’ and there you have it. Cheep but effective!

I set mine up in the center of my garage in order to remove the body of my car by myself in order to work on my frame. I can remove the body and slide it out of the way while I work on the frame. Then I am able to roll it back over the frame when I am done and put all of my items removed from garage back in.
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Old 09-29-2008, 03:57 PM   #2
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Default Re: Overhead Lift trolley system under $300.

Looks like you do good work, but I wouldn't want to be under anything held by a Harbor Freight hoist. I hope you upgrade soon.
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Old 09-29-2008, 04:00 PM   #3
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Looks like you do good work, but I wouldn't want to be under anything held by a Harbor Freight hoist. I hope you upgrade soon.

I did get the 2 ton trolley, and it is pretty solid. But I always put supports under the body, as I dont trust anything. Saftey first!!!!
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Old 09-29-2008, 05:15 PM   #4
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Default Re: Overhead Lift trolley system under $300.

That's a fine solution you came up with. You are serious about building your car right. I think this would be helpful for a lot of guys. Thanks for posting.
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Old 09-30-2008, 01:35 AM   #5
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Default Re: Overhead Lift trolley system under $300.

I have been going nuts trying to figure out something like this that didn't take up to much space. Thank you so much!!!!!!
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Old 09-30-2008, 06:01 PM   #6
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Default Re: Overhead Lift trolley system under $300.

Been planning this myself. Now I'm moving, so maybe in the next place.
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Old 09-30-2008, 06:05 PM   #7
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Default Re: Overhead Lift trolley system under $300.

Man, that would be great for so many chores, like engine pulling, baby sitting....

Great tech. I think I'll build one of those but look for a trolley that I trust. Not a big fan of Harbor Freight's reputation.
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Old 09-30-2008, 06:54 PM   #8
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What keeps it from going back and forth?

Might just be the pics, but looks like it's just propped up to the ceiling?
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Old 09-30-2008, 09:36 PM   #9
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Man, that would be great for so many chores, like engine pulling, baby sitting....

Great tech. I think I'll build one of those but look for a trolley that I trust. Not a big fan of Harbor Freight's reputation.
It's not just rep, it's real. Ive had China casting break in my garage. Not safe!
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Old 09-30-2008, 09:39 PM   #10
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There is a local guy that was going to do the same thing but got sick. He's got the 26' beam and the trolley for $150 if anyone in Knoxville TN is looking for this.
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Old 10-01-2008, 11:17 AM   #11
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Now lift you metal I-beam on top of your two 6X6 beams and then using the (8) 3" lag bolts attach the I-beam to the 6X6
3mike6, Pictures are great but sometimes you have to read.
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Old 10-01-2008, 11:34 AM   #12
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Lol...I graduated from Evelyn Woodhead speed reading
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Old 10-02-2008, 07:53 AM   #13
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What keeps it from going back and forth?

Might just be the pics, but looks like it's just propped up to the ceiling?
I have four 3'" lag bolt on both ends from the beam into the post
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It's not just rep, it's real. Ive had China casting break in my garage. Not safe!

It works for what I am doing at this time, and there is not shock load on it. Plus I always support my load with saw horses and never count on the hoist to hold it.
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Old 10-02-2008, 08:35 AM   #15
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Well I'll file that away! I bet the guys on the garage journal would like it!
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Old 10-02-2008, 09:27 AM   #16
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It works for what I am doing at this time, and there is not shock load on it. Plus I always support my load with saw horses and never count on the hoist to hold it.
That's good, I'd hate to see anyone get hurt using cheap tools. I plan to build one of these eventually.
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Old 10-02-2008, 09:35 AM   #17
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Default Re: Overhead Lift trolley system under $300.

It doesn't look like a lot of room for a chain hoist between the trolley and car, has that caused any issues? Cool setup for a home shop.
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Old 10-04-2008, 03:25 PM   #18
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It doesn't look like a lot of room for a chain hoist between the trolley and car, has that caused any issues? Cool setup for a home shop.
I haven't had any problems, it is kind of tight. I will have to lower the jack stands once I get my frame notch kit in to put the body back on. I can then raise the jack stands back to ride hight when I am done.
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Old 10-04-2008, 05:38 PM   #19
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Default Re: Overhead Lift trolley system under $300.

which way do your trusses run, same at the I beam or across it. i ask a you could have cut the drywall and raised it alittle higher into the ceiling (assuming you do not have a two story house).
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Old 10-04-2008, 06:39 PM   #20
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It's not just rep, it's real. Ive had China casting break in my garage. Not safe!
Yeah I am leery with the HF stuff now. A long time ago I was using their pipe bender, and it snapped under a load and shattered my wrist. I stopped using a lot of their tools after that.


Anyways, thanks for sharing this. I have a shop, but I already feel very cramp. I was thinking about doing something similar to this for an engine hoist since I don't really have the room to store a cherry picker.
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