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Lift My Rack

Postby Lumpy [OP] » January 29th 2017, 2:50am

Any of you mechanical, inventive braniacs have a simple way to rig a gantry to lift my roof rack while I back out from underneath? I want to sand and paint the roof and weld a couple missle launchers to the rack.

Two A frame ladders, guy lines on the two ladders. 2x4 or similar lumber, pipes etc "threaded" through the ladder steps and the roof rack rails. Or lashed to the roof rack. That's about my mental picture. It's not real heavy. Wouldn't need to really winch or block and tackle it. Is there something simpler that I'm overlooking?

The rack isn't particularly heavy. I lifted it UP there 10 years ago. But that "years ago" component isn't as bold as it once was.

No garage/balcony. Palm trees don't have branches. Joshua trees can't hold anything.

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Re: Lift My Rack

Postby Big_kid » January 29th 2017, 3:05am

I have an idea on how to lift your rack, but it would probably take 18 hours to build. I'll keep my eyes open for you though, I'll let you know if I see more ways to accomplish this.
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Re: Lift My Rack

Postby WoodButcherWoodButcher is online! » January 29th 2017, 5:30am

Got a flat roof Lump? If you can get 2x6 lumber in 20" lengths you could cantilever them off the roof, a couple of cross members between to hold them apart and on edge. Counterweight on the roof maybe 5 gallon buckets of water. 10' off the wall should get you to the center of the rack from the back bumper.
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Re: Lift My Rack

Postby Lumpy [OP] » January 29th 2017, 8:36am

WoodButcher wrote:Got a flat roof Lump?


That sounds like a good idea but no, no flat roof.


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Re: Lift My Rack

Postby AstroWill » January 29th 2017, 10:05am

How tall is your van? How tall are your ladders?

    2 tall ladders, 1 on each side of the van
    unbolt rack and rotate 90degrees
    rest the rack on top of the ladders
    drive out from under rack

If the van is too tall, just remove the lift before driving to the junk yard to purchase a longer intermediate steering shaftremoving rack.
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Re: Lift My Rack

Postby Wimpazz » January 29th 2017, 2:32pm

:rofl:
In 2 feet of scorpion scat too.
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Re: Lift My Rack

Postby chevymaherchevymaher is online! » January 29th 2017, 2:38pm

Is your garage ceiling finished? Put some eye hooks in the studs. So it looks nice and is reusable.
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Re: Lift My Rack

Postby Wimpazz » January 29th 2017, 2:57pm

Could always inbolt it all, get in and floor it.

Know anyone with a forklift, perhaps make nice with dude down at the home depot?
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Re: Lift My Rack

Postby Astrofarian » January 29th 2017, 3:50pm

Don't you and the girlfriend have a horse trailer? That could stand in as a temporary roof-rack-holder-off-the-grounder kinda arrangement? 2x4's as a transfer medium would also minimize/prevent damage to either roof?
This is where "outside of the box" thinking comes into play but it's kinda hard to say what's going to be easiest AND safest. How long do you figure the rack will need to be van-less? Is there any need to do any work on the underside of the rack? Topside? Or is this all about the van's roof? (Nosy *******, aren't I)
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Re: Lift My Rack

Postby WoodButcherWoodButcher is online! » January 29th 2017, 4:34pm

I just saw a pic of your van in front of you garage,, the peaked roof would work. Long 2x parallel w/ the ridge on either side. As Mike said it may be overthinking. Look around the yard.
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Re: Lift My Rack

Postby markmitch » January 29th 2017, 6:41pm

some of you may have missed this part. He said:
No garage/balcony. Palm trees don't have branches. Joshua trees can't hold anything
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Re: Lift My Rack

Postby 1lowcab » January 29th 2017, 7:16pm

scorpions.

It will be trial and error to see how many you need though.


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Re: Lift My Rack

Postby dramey » January 29th 2017, 7:48pm

Buy a dozen 2x4". Take 2 2x4's and build an A frame with the apex being 1 foot higher than van. Build 3 more A frames. build a rectangle or a square with remaining 2x4's. connect the apex of each A frame to a corner of the square or rectangle you just built. drive van under it. unbolt roof rack. pull each corner of roof rack up to the cross pieces of 2x4" and secure with rope. once all 4 corners are secured with rope, back van out from under it.
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Re: Lift My Rack

Postby 97cargocrawler » January 29th 2017, 8:09pm

Hit up the local SD helo pilot with some donuts.
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Re: Lift My Rack

Postby Lumpy [OP] » January 29th 2017, 10:39pm

97cargocrawler wrote:Hit up the local SD helo pilot with some donuts.


That doesn't work any more. The "Donut Rule". Can't accept gifts from anyone.

In my day, for a case of beer we'd help you set your pool filter. Loan us your porn actresses for a 24 hr shift and we'd help you do aerial shots over Mulholland.

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Re: Lift My Rack

Postby Wimpazz » January 30th 2017, 12:20am

Well that thing aint gonna get very far without a rotor.
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Re: Lift My Rack

Postby Astro Pop » January 30th 2017, 12:30am

Is this a test?
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Re: Lift My Rack

Postby Astro Pop » January 30th 2017, 12:34am

Okay, Unbolt the rack, drive out from under it real fast or do the brake fast to clear it off the top, then at remount time gather up the Egyptian scorpions to do the levitation thing like they did on the pyramids. Simple!
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Re: Lift My Rack

Postby Lumpy [OP] » January 30th 2017, 12:37am

Wimpazz wrote:Well that thing aint gonna get very far without a rotor.


Guess we should have taken it to the dealer.


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Re: Lift My Rack

Postby scoundrel2u » January 30th 2017, 1:11am

neighbor's tree in your sig pics ? 2 step ladders and plank ? 4 tall friends or neighborhood kids ? leave it up there and paint around it ? brother can you spare a banana ? make a tripod out of fence posts ?
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