Has anyone built a truck cap lift?

Discussion in 'Garages, Workshops & Tools' started by OsborneConst, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. OsborneConst

    OsborneConst Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Oct 25, 2009
    Kalamazoo, MI
    I'm looking to build some sort of lift to hang my truck cap(s) on the ceiling of my shop with 12' tall walls. I was just curious if anyone else has done this, and how they did it. Building the frame will be easy out of 2x4's, but I'm not sure how or what to use for the pulley system. Any thoughts/help would be greatly appreciated!
  2. ol' grouch

    ol' grouch Veteran Member

    Jul 4, 2013
    Evansville, In.

    Personally, I'd modify a hard top lift. How heavy is your truck cap? Are we just talking about the flat hard tonnau covers or a camper shell? Look for a top lift for a Mercedes SL or an early Thunderbird. A simple pully is mounted in the ceiling and you can tie it off to a hook on the wall. I've never really trusted them though. I had a 380SL for years and I made a cart to stand the roof on end and roll it around. That way it's easy to move and a failing rope won't drop it. A replacement rear glass for my '82 was $1000 so I really didn't want to take chances.
  3. CamaroDoc

    CamaroDoc Veteran Member

    Sep 13, 2003
    Skiatook, Okla. 74070
    1/4 inch steel cables. Garage door pulleys and connect them to a boat trailer hand winch. Or electric winch if you prefer. If this guy can lift his whole paint booth, a truck cap should be easy...

    Last edited: Dec 21, 2013
  4. 496z28

    496z28 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Sep 23, 2007
    Oklahoma City
    ^^That's just Cool!!!

    JONESYFXR Veteran Member

    Oct 10, 2009
  6. stevenp3762

    stevenp3762 BANNED

    Feb 7, 2013
    bradenton fl.
    Way super cool!!!!!!!!!

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