Hardcrank... We popped her up FINALLY

Discussion in 'Lift Systems' started by kittytickle, Mar 12, 2007.

  1. kittytickle

    kittytickle New Member

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    Finally... After a nice 60 degree weekend we got her up.... I am so stoaked. I took a bunch of camping stuff out of storage and started loading her up. The kids are so excited and can hardly wait to take her out. I am still likely going to have the electric winch on it. Since the car accident I just don't have the strenght that I had. The hubby pulled up and I did the cranking. Thanks for everyone's suggestions I think that maybe it was just way to cold for it. Now all that need is to have a hitch put on the Ford Ranger I bought this weekend and a nice weekend to take her out and we will be smelling canvas and hopefully not getting wet. Talk to you all later.
     
  2. finfin

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    Can you really lift a pup roof with a drilldriver? Mine seems hard to crank I figured it would be to much torque for a drill driver. It seems like it would need to be geared way down.
     
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    John L New Member

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    I bought a Sears 19.5 volt cordless drill thinking it would do the job but it didn't.

    Then this past weekend I crawled under the PU took the plate of the cranking mechanism and greased the long screw shaft with a good bearing grease. Then I greased the top of the plate where the pulley runs and I used silicone spray on the pulleys. I tried the drill for the heck of it and it worked great.

    I made my drill crank by buying a cheap 1/2 inch socket drive shaft, cut one end off and ground it down to have 4 flat sides until it fit my drill bit. Then I bought a cheap 1/2 inch drive, deep socket to fit the whole in the lift mechanism. I then used my right angle grinder to cut a slot in the end if the socket to fit the pin in the crank shaft. It all took about 15 minutes and cost about $5 and it works great.

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  4. kittytickle

    kittytickle New Member

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    That is exactly what we ended up doing. we are using a pulley system to pop her up. It works great as well.

    Rebecca

    Are we camping yet???
     
  5. finfin

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    John L, has made a very good point about lubing the system. It still seems that it might turn it a little to fast. I'm going to give it a try though.
     

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