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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted March 31, 2012 - 04:21 PM

I had built this A-frame back when I was working on the Model-T Ford.
It originally had a wood 4x4 as the top cross beam and I used a come-a-long to do the lifting.
The come-a-long is inconvenient to use for lifting things straight up because the item being lifted is right where you need to stand to operate the come-a-long.

So I decided to modify the A-frame.
The wood top cross bar has been replaced with a 3x4 steel tube with a pulley mounted underneath.
I mounted a small cable winch on one of the A-frames with a small pulley mounted to the frame above the winch.
The cable runs up over the small pulley and then over the larger pulley on the cross bar.
The A-frame lift works much better now.

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Posted March 31, 2012 - 04:28 PM

Thats such a handy looking lift that I moved your post from Off Topic to the Tool Shed forum. Thanks for the pictures.
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Posted March 31, 2012 - 04:30 PM

I want to built something like this but want to be able to brake it down for storage. Thanks for sharing
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Posted March 31, 2012 - 04:34 PM

Looks good strong enough for garden tractors, and you can move it around, I have a set of chain falls hanging from the roof, can't move that around to easy.
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Posted March 31, 2012 - 04:38 PM

That looks great Ray! I think we could all benefit from something like that. :thumbs:

I recently acquired my first model T - a '25 TT, and have been trying to figue out what to do with it.
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Posted March 31, 2012 - 04:50 PM

I want to built somrthing like this but want to be able to brake it down for storage.

This breaks down for storage.
Each A-frame is welded together with a piece of angle iron welded across the top.
The top cross bar sets on these pieces of angle iron and is bolted on the sides to keep it in place.
the support pipes that are angled from the A-frames up to the cross bar are also bolted in place.
I can lay it down on it's side and un bolt it to store it.

This winch is also used on a stand that I use in the back of the truck and anywhere else that I need a winch.
The winch unbolts easily from the A-frame and can then be bolted on the stand.
The cable and hook can be slipped off without removing the pulleys.

Here is the winch on the stand.
It bolts down to the front of the truck bed with a single 1/2 inch grade-8 bolt and I use it to load things into the bed.
I've also used it on the trailer and just hooked a chain to the half round hook just under the winch to keep it in place.
This makes the winch portable and keeps the winch up off the ground so it's easier to use.

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Posted March 31, 2012 - 05:54 PM

Great looking A-frame lift Ray.
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Posted March 31, 2012 - 07:44 PM

Looks like a handy thing to have around! I have a hole cut in the floor of the loft with a 2" OD solid steel rod laying across the joists with a small chunk of chain attached. I hang my come-a-long from that when I need to lift something. Yours looks much better!
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Posted April 01, 2012 - 05:13 AM

Ray,that's a pretty cool,and useful looking piece of equipment.
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Posted April 01, 2012 - 07:23 AM

This A-frame wasn't something that I had intentionally planned to build.
Normally I use my fork lift for doing things like this and it's in the summer time so the garage doors are open so I don't gas myself out with the exhaust from the fork lift.
I ran into a problem with that when I was working on the model-T.
It was winter time when I was ready to lift the engine out of the model-T and we had just had a storm go thru so the fork lift was out behind the barn and buried in a three foot snow drift.

I decided that I needed to come up with some other way to lift the model-T engine.
So I scrounged around and came up with enough stuff to put together the A-frame.
I have ended up using it a lot over the last few years and I just decided to modify it so is easier to work with.

Here is a photo of using it with the come-a-long on the model-T engine.

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Posted April 01, 2012 - 08:05 AM

Nice idea to make a usable tool even more usable. Are there some sort of wheels on it, realizing they would have to lock in place or drop down it would make it easier to move around.
Thanks for sharing Ray.
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Posted April 01, 2012 - 08:10 AM

Are there some sort of wheels on it, realizing they would have to lock in place or drop down it would make it easier to move around..

Wheels are generally a useful idea on most A-frames because they are built to handle heavier loads.
However, this is light enough that it doesn't need wheels.
The bottom of the A-frame tubes are welded to a 3 foot section of angle iron on each side.
This makes it easy to slide it around the garage floor and also makes it less likely to move around when it has a load on it.
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Posted April 01, 2012 - 11:01 AM

Ray, that's a great looking A frame. It looks to be very substantial for how light it seems to be. Nice job.
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Posted July 28, 2012 - 07:40 PM

I have a gantry crane and a chain-fall that I use to work on my tractors but that winch setup is a great idea that I will be stealing.




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