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Old 10-19-2008, 07:43 PM   #1
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Default how to lift a truck cab off the frame by yourself

If any of you guys are like me and somehow find yourself all alone when you need 4 or 5 other guys to help you take the cab off your truck project again, maybe these pics will give you and idea of what you can do to do the job yourself. I got the idea from a friend in Canada when I went up to get a partial cab from him in preparation for chopping the top on my truck.

take a 2x6 or 4x4 that is longet that the width of the top of your cab upening, screw on a couple of 2x4 cross pieces that will fit just inside the cab door openings, drill a 9/16 inch centering hole on the underside of the crossbar. take your cherry picker (you have one, right?), turnb the front of the arm upside down, take the chain off and put a half inch blot thru the slot pointing upward and snug it down with a nut. run the cherry picker thru the windshield opening (make sure you have the glass out). attach your wooden crossmember you just made by sliding the half inch bolt into the 9/16 inch hole, jack the cherry picker up and it becomes a snap to remove and move your cab to where ever you want it. I added a brace to the 2x6 crossmember cause it flexed alot. pictures atached. thanks to Tom from Canada for the great idea and the permission to share it.
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Old 10-19-2008, 08:26 PM   #2
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Default Re: how to lift a truck cab off the frame by yourself

This shade tree came in handy for more than one use, along with 4 motorcycle tie downs and a chain fall!!
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Old 10-19-2008, 10:02 PM   #3
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Default Re: how to lift a truck cab off the frame by yourself

More poor boy home build ideas...I took the doors off, bolted 2 pieces of angle to the floor, fixed 4 chains, and up we went.
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Old 10-20-2008, 09:03 AM   #4
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Default Re: how to lift a truck cab off the frame by yourself

Here's how I did it.........

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=172723
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Old 10-20-2008, 10:46 AM   #5
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Sweet, same but different. Bud
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Old 10-20-2008, 11:17 AM   #6
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Default Re: how to lift a truck cab off the frame by yourself

It's also possible to unbolt the body and shim it up for clearance until you can put stands under it, and roll the frame right out...works really well on cars with bags.
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Old 10-20-2008, 11:36 AM   #7
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Default Re: how to lift a truck cab off the frame by yourself

Ive been doing very much the same thing with a 28 Tudor Body..working alone can be a bitch sometimes, just be sure your being safe.
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Old 10-20-2008, 05:44 PM   #8
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that's some good homeboy enginering
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Old 10-20-2008, 05:54 PM   #9
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Default Re: how to lift a truck cab off the frame by yourself

Here's what my bro-in-law designed and built... some real Chicano engineering there! Works great... it's designed to used come-alongs, but we had to use ratchet straps that day.
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Old 10-20-2008, 06:02 PM   #10
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Some pretty good ideas here. I might have the simplest and most po' boy though LOL....

Jack up the frame as high as you can with the body unbolted. Put jack stands under the rockers of the cab with wood over them to keep from tweaking the cab...

Once the cab is supported, lower the frame and roll it away. If the tires are too tall to slide under the cab, then take 'em off and put a floor jack or dolly under the rear end and drag it out.

Super po' boy... but it works and all you need is floor jacks and jack stands...
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Old 10-20-2008, 06:13 PM   #11
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Default Re: how to lift a truck cab off the frame by yourself

I used the same technique when I pulled my Tudor body:



I did no prep whatsoever and lifted the body sucessfully more by luck than judgement!
I like your centering bolt, though, I was looking at my cherry picker yesterday and thinking of making an extension (vertical to the arm), if I redo it I will post another picture.
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Old 10-20-2008, 07:08 PM   #12
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Default Re: how to lift a truck cab off the frame by yourself

Man, you guys like to work too hard (and dangerous). I just put eye-bolts in the 4 cab mount holes, ran a short length of chain from each one up to the hook on the end of my cherrypicker. Up, up and away! It's easier if you remove the doors, but not necessary-just stick the boom through the open window.
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Old 10-20-2008, 07:09 PM   #13
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some real Chicano engineering there! Works great....
lol now thats funny. with all my stupid cousins i know there chicano engineering
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Old 10-20-2008, 08:00 PM   #14
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I waddled a '30 Tudor Model A body off the frame by myself, using a 2x4 through the window openings and balanced on my back. Later I realized I could lift the rear and set it on stands, then the front, then roll the frame out from under it. My back hurt for a few weeks after that. Now I have a chain hoist wrapped over a beam in my shop.
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Old 10-20-2008, 08:01 PM   #15
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good idea. We hae a ginpole on the back of my dads truck that you hook a come-a-long to.
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Old 10-20-2008, 10:36 PM   #16
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Default Re: how to lift a truck cab off the frame by yourself

I was able to build an extension to my engine lift,and then made a frame to hook onto the cab with the doors partially open.Worked well and was restricted by my ceiling height in the garage.
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Old 10-20-2008, 10:43 PM   #17
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Default Re: how to lift a truck cab off the frame by yourself

rpkiwi,

Do you have a photobucket (or similar) site that you can direct me to, to see more pics of your Willys pickup? I have a '62, and your truck looks AWESOME.

Thanks,

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Old 10-20-2008, 11:13 PM   #18
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CJ pm me your e-mail if you are interested and i can send you some pics.I do not have a photobucket etc and was a little tentative posting that shot.I realise it is not Hambworthy but it was the best shot I had of my adapted lift.
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Old 10-22-2008, 05:48 PM   #19
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Here's what my bro-in-law designed and built... some real Chicano engineering there! Works great... it's designed to used come-alongs, but we had to use ratchet straps that day.
Hope you don't get any big wind gusts in your area!
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Old 10-23-2008, 05:53 AM   #20
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This is how I did mine.
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