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 Wrecking yard hoist build 
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I've been thinking about building one of these things for some time, took some pictures today.
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I have a chain hoist already, the material isn't hard to come by.
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I need to know what type of spindle components they used, so I know what to search for.
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They used the little donut spares.
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I didn't get a good look at the wheel hub/spindle, will look better next time.
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Having one of these will really help with my truck project, it was easy enough to dump the old cab over the side. Putting on the new one needs to be done more carefully.

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March 17th, 2015, 5:00 pm
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Those gantry cranes are worth their weight in gold.

As for the spindles id be getting honda civic stuff since its nearly free and plentiful.


March 17th, 2015, 6:34 pm
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They look like little light duty unit bearings. I know some fwd minivans have trailing arm rear suspensions with unit bearings like that. Probably the same setup on the rear of fwd cars too.

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March 17th, 2015, 9:00 pm
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That's what I was thinking too. I plan on going back with notepad, pen, and tape measure to jot down stuff. Will look at the rear of front wheel drives while I'm there. I want to put the bed back on my truck to see what PTO driveshaft clearance issues I have before drilling for the pillow block mounting. It's too heavy for the help I have around the house, will have to lift the cab one of these days too.

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March 17th, 2015, 9:47 pm
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thank you google, kinda looks like a rear dodge minivan unit bearing:

http://www.am-autoparts.com/Dodge/Carav ... 58409.html

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March 18th, 2015, 2:28 pm
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I found this online, it's $22.31 including shipping. It's the one they bolted the wheels to, and fits a Saturn (except this one is 4 lug). Found them at the wrecking yard today, they wanted $22 and change, $2 core, and tax. I said why would I pay more for a used one, they just looked at me funny.
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This looks like the one they used to allow the wheels to swivel around and go in different directions, fits a Chevy Lumina, and a few other GM cars. This one will still be a couple dollars more than the wrecking yard price.
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March 19th, 2015, 8:03 pm
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chexmix wrote:
thank you google, kinda looks like a rear dodge minivan unit bearing:

http://www.am-autoparts.com/Dodge/Carav ... 58409.html


The Dodge ones I saw at the wrecking yard had a gear sticking out the back.

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March 19th, 2015, 8:06 pm
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I have a friend offering me 3/8" I beam, 4" wide and 4.5" tall, he has a piece longer than I need. The ones at the wrecking yard didn't use I beam, but I'd rather go that way. Then I can use a trolley. I already made a list of most of the materials I need, and will try to make it to the scrap yard tomorrow.

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March 19th, 2015, 8:25 pm
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the best / worst of made in china parts... when they cost less than used ones at the junkyard...

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March 20th, 2015, 7:54 am
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Dan90FSB wrote:
the best / worst of made in china parts... when they cost less than used ones at the junkyard...


You're probably right.

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March 20th, 2015, 8:56 am
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Got some parts, materials, and some work done today.
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Can I just order one of these prefabbed from you? :D

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March 20th, 2015, 10:36 pm
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Ha! I need to get on to my truck project, seems I need to do projects just to do my project. Yesterday I built a taller base for my material support stand, so I can use it with the drill press. I had already made a lower one for the saw. Instead of making an entire new stand, I just made a new base.

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March 21st, 2015, 8:54 am
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Went back, took more pics and measurements. I think I got everything I need now.

These are angled back 14 degrees, left on one side, right on the other side.
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They welded in a 3-1/4" long spacer.
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Turns out they didn't use the donut spare after all. Well I got them now, we'll see how it works out.

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March 21st, 2015, 12:24 pm
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Looks good so far! I wish I had the space for one of those. That and a forklift.

I think the donut tires are perfectly fine for what you're using for. Just dont get the crane above 70 mph and you should be good. :lol:


March 21st, 2015, 3:37 pm
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