Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Rochester, Michigan
A capstan is very useful as it can pull an unlimited distance. The line does not build up on the drum as with a winch. The line must be rope and not wire cable. Safety precautions must be observed similar to using a winch. With a capstan, as line is released, it can spring back and pull your hand into the drum...for this reason, NEVER wrap the line around your hand. A captan is typically used in the construction industry. It is ideal for pulling wire into conduits for a long distance. Parts for your missing gear box are available...do an online search. A large electrical contractor would probably love your Jeep if you got it all functional.