Oh-My Aching Back!


| October/November 1988


HC 71 Box 525 Mountain View, AR 72560

It seems to me, as I get older cast iron increases in weight. I don't know why but years ago I could toss that old iron that weighed up to 150 pounds and not think a thing about it. Now that I have reached three score and two in years, it not only takes me longer but I cannot seem to pick up the same old engines like I did once upon a time. To aid me in my quest for more old iron and to ease my aching back I made a portable crane. I bought a ten ply front end off a truck for $10 and with the assistance of my local welder we assembled my own portable lifting device for about $175.

Two old drill pipes which swivel are the uprights. I raise and lower it with the aid of a boat winch and 1/4' cable-then I lock the chain which is on the end of a 5/8' cable. This chain fastens in a snatch hook welded on the tongue. I use a simple 1? ton chain hoist on the top of the boom to lift with.

When I travel to a site where some unknown chunk of iron is half buried in the ground, I simply push the booms up, lock the chain at the proper height, hook up my chain hoist, and jerk it out of the mud without hurting myself. I fastened a hook on each side of the rear outriggers. By putting a chain or rope from these to the engine, it is fastened down and will not swing when heading home with the new addition. I think every show should have something like this, the advantages are obvious. If more info is desired drop me a line and save those backs.
















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