Removing your cab from the frame

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Removing your cab from the frame

Postby RStace » Fri Jul 05, 2013 11:47 am

Hi all, I have a 78 cc 2wd that I want to swap onto a 73 4x4 cc frame. I was wondering how you guys have lifted your cabs in the past. I do not have access to a lift so I am in need of suggestions on how to go about doing this. Any ideas will be helpful.

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Re: Removing your cab from the frame

Postby Shift1 » Fri Jul 05, 2013 2:00 pm

Don't do this:
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Re: Removing your cab from the frame

Postby Shift1 » Fri Jul 05, 2013 2:05 pm

This way would be better:
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Re: Removing your cab from the frame

Postby Shift1 » Fri Jul 05, 2013 2:08 pm

Otherwise, you will have to get a bunch of jacks and build an elaborate setup of blocks, etc., that will hold the cab off the frame by a foot or so. Then you can roll the frame out from underneith the cab and roll in the new frame.

A big loader lifting very carefully from behind the cab would probably work too.
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Re: Removing your cab from the frame

Postby RStace » Sat Jul 06, 2013 3:56 am

If I use a cherry picker where do you put the lift points. I would think the roof might get dented?

As of right now I have been thinking I might buy a bunch of concrete blocks and build a support on either side and then use 4x4 post to lift it. Then roll out from under it.


Ideally I would rather use the picker. That way I can move it around in the garage until I'm ready for it again
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Re: Removing your cab from the frame

Postby Shift1 » Sat Jul 06, 2013 6:32 am

You could weld in some temporary hanging points on the floor. That way you could use short chains to get the balance right as you lift it.
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Re: Removing your cab from the frame

Postby InfoFord » Sat Jul 06, 2013 12:51 pm

best way to lift a cab off a frame

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Re: Removing your cab from the frame

Postby chestypuller » Tue Dec 16, 2014 5:27 am

ive dont it with bronco tubs by getting 55 gallon metal drums place 3 on each side then lift body off frame enough to slide 4x4s under and set 4x4 ebds on wood blocks on top of drums tell its high enough to roll frame out.

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Re: Removing your cab from the frame

Postby PACrewCab » Tue Dec 16, 2014 8:13 am

chestypuller wrote:ive dont it with bronco tubs by getting 55 gallon metal drums place 3 on each side then lift body off frame enough to slide 4x4s under and set 4x4 ebds on wood blocks on top of drums tell its high enough to roll frame out.


I'm glad I'm not the only one that has used metal drums. I've also used wooden bulk bins that the local apple farmers use in the orchards. They are very sturdy. Back yard technology at its best :) But for the last crew cab I pulled off, I used a regular garage lift. Easy easy.
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Re: Removing your cab from the frame

Postby 34fordoutlaw » Mon May 11, 2015 1:53 pm

Be leave it or not, I had 5, large friends come over to the shop when we lifted the cab off the frame. I removed the rear wheels and had the rear on short jack stands. I unbolted the cab and with three guys on each side of the cab we lifted it and walked it off the rear of the frame. We had a cab dolly at the rear of the frame and set it down on it. 6 larger guys can handle the weight easily if you position them evenly on both sides. I did the opposite when I landed the cab back on the frame last week. See my updates. Worked well. We did not have a lift or hoist available, had to go old school.

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