I've taken the top off
the Bronco by myself before but it's big, awkward and heavy
so I decided to make a lift for easy top removal. I went to
the hardware store and bought a bunch of cables, clamps
hooks and a hand crank winch.
I started by welding a 1 x 2" piece of
rectangular tubing between the pipes on the covered parking
on the side of my house. I drilled the center hole and put
the eye bolt in before I welded it in place.
I then drilled and
installed four more eye bolts for the cables and two more
for the winch cable. I then rand the cables, clamped them
together with clips and put four more eye bolts in the 2x4s
My first attempt at
harnessing the wires didn't work out so well. I had to
OK that fixed it.
This is in the lowered position. All four corners come up
evenly. Without the Bronco top on there I could pull it up
I had a problem with
one of the cables dong a 180 bend binding and bent two eye
bolts. I had to rework it a little with a couple pulleys.
Half way up and I
had to do a little adjusting to get it level.
A little $20 Harbor Freight hand
cranked winch makes it easy.
All the way up.
I tied it down just to be secure.