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Unread 11-21-2014, 03:59 AM   #1
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How heavy is the bed on a J20?

I have a 1980 J20 that has a bed shortened by about 3'.

I want to dive into it a bit over Christmas but before I do I want to consider whether I will be able to lift the bed / tray off by myself or need a fair bit of help.

So how heavy do you think it actually is?

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Unread 11-21-2014, 06:53 PM   #2
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How would you be lifting it? It's too bit and bulky to be lifting it completely by manpower.
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I have several choices.

My first choice would be to jack it up off the frame, support it and pull the truck out from underneath. I have plenty of timber and bamboo to hand.

My second choice is to use a chain hoist but my new garage does not have a suitable roof beam, so it would need an A-frame.

Last resort is to get a bunch of villagers round but I am not sure if that is 4 or 6 people.

Any ideas would be gratefully received.
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Unread 11-22-2014, 09:17 AM   #4
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I won't hazard a guess to the actual weight, but it's definitely not heavy enough to bring a building down. I've lifted beds by putting a tie down strap in each corner with the other end of the strap connected to a roof truss/collar tie. Lift up the corner and tighten up the strap, one corner at a time until it's high enough to drive/roll the frame out from underneath. Then lower one corner at a time until it's resting on cribbing or sawhorses.
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There is one teak roof beam 12" x 3" about 17 feet long across the garage (about 16' wide and 25' long) but it has a scarf joint at the mid-point (two pieces of demolition timber from a shop I knocked down) and has already settled a bit, I have used the builder for years and this would not be the first roof to come down that he has built or the first Jeep I have dug back out (but he is very cheap). The other roof timbers are.... slight shall we say. The whole garage cost $3000 including custom folding doors, bathroom and sleeping accommodation for 6 so I should not complain.

I think a frame will be needed but the straps sound simple, with multiple attachments.
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Unread 11-24-2014, 11:34 AM   #6
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Do you have an engine hoist(cherry picker)? I pull them off and stack them with an engine hoist.
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Unread 11-25-2014, 08:17 PM   #7
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No picker engine hoist I am afraid. That would soak up my annual tool budget.

The previous owner of my house warned me the old garage roof was not really strong as he had skimped on the rebar (though it survived the last 6.2 quake) so I have always been reluctant to fit a chain block, the new garage is definitely not going to take one.

I may try jacking it up with a farm jack and blocks and a few helpers and then put it on saw horses and bamboo to get it above the frame and then pull the truck out from underneath.
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With three other people you could just lift the bed off with manpower.
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