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Old 09-02-2014, 10:54 AM   #1
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Hardtop Hoist

I have been playing around on here trying to put together a plan for a hardtop hoist for my garage. So after much looking I decided to build a 5 pulley system with ropes and a boat winch. I went into the garage and twas about to start measuring where things need to go when I had a thought. Hopefully you guys can tell me I have nothing to worry about, but...

It doesn't look like when I back into the garage there will be room to open the back in order to get the lift attached to the top. I have an XRC rear bumper and a decent sized wheel and tire attached. I am pretty sure the glass has to be up to take the top off, so... Any suggestions? I don't have a large garage, so there isn't much room to pull forward and take it off.

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Old 09-02-2014, 12:31 PM   #2
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I know it's a pain, but would taking the spare off help? Would then have to open gate less to get glass to open up, without the spare on. If there isn't room to open the glass, not sure. Maybe someway to open glass a little and slide the straps through. (I can't open my gate fully in garage, just enough the glass can open fully.)

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Old 09-02-2014, 12:43 PM   #3
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Put a strap through outside and then close the glass and back in to the garage. Once inside, you can connect your hoist rope to the strap and lift.
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How bout open the glass outside the garage and pull in with it already open?
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Old 09-02-2014, 01:24 PM   #5
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How bout open the glass outside the garage and pull in with it already open?
+1 to this.

I was reading the other comments and picturing some sort of Rube Goldberg device as a solution
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Old 09-02-2014, 01:45 PM   #6
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Back in halfway or however far gets you past any obstacles, stop and open the glass. Then back up the rest of the way.

I also pull the bolts when I stop to open the glass. I also have a small garage and can't open the tailgate when under the lift.
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Old 09-02-2014, 03:04 PM   #7
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Makes total sense. Thank you guys for the input.
DKW - looks like your hoist is similar to what I am planning on building, are your pulleys in a straight line and all just attached to the middle of the wood structure you have there?

I was going to put 2 pulleys at all 4 corners of the top, then lead the rope to a piece of wood. Drill 5 holes in the wood and then tie off the four corners through the wood one way, and the crank through the opposite way, this seemed to me to be the easiest way to get the 4 ropes into one for the crank.
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How bout open the glass outside the garage and pull in with it already open?
I would have someone there to make sure the glass won't hit the door as you back in. I nearly fainted when I backed in with the glass open and hadn't measured first. It was close...very close!
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I have been playing around on here trying to put together a plan for a hardtop hoist for my garage. So after much looking I decided to build a 5 pulley system with ropes and a boat winch. I went into the garage and twas about to start measuring where things need to go when I had a thought. Hopefully you guys can tell me I have nothing to worry about, but...

It doesn't look like when I back into the garage there will be room to open the back in order to get the lift attached to the top. I have an XRC rear bumper and a decent sized wheel and tire attached. I am pretty sure the glass has to be up to take the top off, so... Any suggestions? I don't have a large garage, so there isn't much room to pull forward and take it off.

Thanks for the help.
Here is my 1 pulley hoist with red crank mounted to wall. It uses a T bar to hold the top and 3 bungy cords to hold the front 2 panels.
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