Light weight overhead-crane: hood lifter


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Golden Jubilee
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Post Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:38 pm

Light weight overhead-crane: hood lifter

A couple months ago, in another thread, I posed the idea of building a light weight overhead crane to assist with lifting the hood of my L without having to conscript the assistance of anyone handy. Mostly, so I wouldn’t need to disturb the misses who’s not very mechanical and doesn’t like being asked to be an assistant.
My idea consists of using the spare parts from a garage door replacement that her cousin did a couple months ago. His house needed an upgraded door to meet current hurricane standards and therefor track, rollers, brackets, etc. were available free. I helped him do the replacement and paid for the parts in that manner. The only materials I’ve bought so far are four additional roller brackets (hinges) to have the number needed for how it’s turning out. I’ve welded the brackets so they are not hinges anymore. I’ve added additional supports using the angle iron from a spare bed frame we had. Paint that is showing up on the assemblies is what’s already surplus on my shelf. So Less than $20 actual money invested to date. The weather here in central sweatland has been in the almost unbearable range. Most days the “feels like” temperature is 3 digits. My philosophy is that retirement is meant to be enjoyed and not to be run as a marathon. So my progress has been deliberately slow for two reasons. 1. It’s HOT. 2. It gives me plenty of time to think through the next steps so there is minimal backtracking and rework.
Today I made it far enough to do some “mock-up” and testing of the design so far. The pictures will hopefully tell a lot about the direction this thing is going. The photos may not give an accurate sense of size. The distance from the three roller brackets on one end to the other three rollers is approximately 4.5ft. The distance side to side of the four roller bracket is 9.5” center of roller to center of roller.
It is my intention to mock this up one more time before I mount it to the trusses. I welded up some mounting brackets for the trusses today and will be painting them next. I’ll take more photos when I have the final mock up for the next installment.
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The frame under the four rollers will carry the hoist device. It rolls very easily.
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The three rollers on each end will run in tracks mounted to the trusses of my shop.
L110 owner since 1974, finally rebuilt 2014.
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Golden Jubilee
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Post Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:32 pm

Re: Light weight overhead-crane: hood lifter

Very clever, Bill. And all of this time I thought you were just a pretty face. You must be an engineer or something?
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Post Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:41 pm

Re: Light weight overhead-crane: hood lifter

Thanks for the kind words. Yes, I’ve been known to do some engineering. The guys I used to work with want me to come back and help them solve problems. I’m kinda getting used to no more spread sheets, no 5 year plans, no budget projections, no more project proposal meetings and no more weekly status meetings. I do miss the comraderie with the guys, so occasionally I go have lunch with them. My youngest son graduated in May from engineering school and if I get lonely for any of that regimen, I can talk to him about what he’s doing and I get over it.
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I was addicted to hokey pokey, but I turned myself around!
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Post Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:24 am

Re: Light weight overhead-crane: hood lifter

WEW51L110 wrote:if I get lonely for any of that regimen, I can talk to him about what he’s doing and I get over it.


:lol: :lol:

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