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Unread 05-01-2010, 02:25 PM   #1
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Hardtop Hoist Ideas? (no garage, no carport)

I'm sure this isn't the first thread of its' kind, but I thought I'd see if anyone has any ideas I haven't thought of...

I have no garage and no carport, but I have a car and a half driveway. I want to be able to take the hardtop off my LJ on my own, so I'm looking for some ideas, plans, concepts, etc. Cost is a factor (when isn't it?), so something DIY would be ideal.

Anyone have any creative input or pics of something they've built that would help?



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Unread 05-01-2010, 02:36 PM   #2
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Mount a hoist on the side of your house? make sure the arm is collapsable that way you can put it down?
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Unread 05-01-2010, 03:21 PM   #4
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I used square 1 inch metal tube stock to build an A frame for a porch swing. I kind of built it over kill as if it was taller, I could use it as an engine hoist. Maybe you could build such an A frame and hang a porch swing from it when not being used as a hoist?
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Unread 05-01-2010, 03:35 PM   #5
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a frame that doubles as a swing
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put two 6x6's in concrete on the side of your house with a cross beam and may be some bracing(dont even have to put in two posts if you used the house as one of the posts)

did some thing like what i describe but with a over built kids play set.(it was made of 6x6s and lots of bracing, the thing was a tank and had the sickest rope swing in to the river.) took the swings off of it and added a pulley. than pulled the jeep under and attaced the hard top to a cable that we ran to a side by side which we used to lift the hardtop. than drove the jeep back to the drive way. lowered the hard top in to a yard trailer. attached the trailer to the side by side and took the hard to to the storage shed on the back part of his property. we left it in the trailer till the end of summer and than we reversed the steps. can be done with one person but goes really quick with three or four people.
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You need the 6 pack....


Either you work out and get a set so you can lift it yourself, or buy a pack and attract some frineds over to help you.
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You need the 6 pack....


Either you work out and get a set so you can lift it yourself, or buy a pack and attract some frineds over to help you.
hah! It's an LJ - that thing is a complete unweildy pain in the ***.

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Check this dude out. http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f46/h...ml#post9356853 (The in keg the back says it was well thought out!) There is another thread about a guy that built a 2x4 structure with a hoist also.
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Either you work out and get a set so you can lift it yourself, or buy a pack and attract some frineds over to help you.
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6 x 6's? How freaking heavy is the hardtop? Sounds like waay overkill. 4x4's would probably do it, but if you wanted to make sure then I can maybe see 4x6's

But anyway, back to topic. I agree with the porch swing style frame. You could even put some casters on it to make it mobile.
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Seems to me that if you go with the 6x6s or the 4x4s half the work is going to alrdy be done for a car port. If you can I would just save up and built the car port then not only would you have a place to winch up your lid but also a place to keep your jeep out of the weather I.e no more worrying about putting the top up for a late night thunder storm. Just my .02 but why do anything half way. A car port isn't rocket science me and my dad put one up in a weekend takeing frequent breaks and drinking large quantities of beer lol.
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Check this dude out. http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f46/h...ml#post9356853 (The in keg the back says it was well thought out!) There is another thread about a guy that built a 2x4 structure with a hoist also.
I rent right now and the above seems to be a simple yet effective way of tackling the problem. I'll probably do something similar...
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