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Old 01-08-2018, 09:37 PM
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Installing cab - best way?

A bit ironic that currently Greg Rogers's post is about removing the cab!

Anyways, I'm at the point where I want to start putting a lot of the parts back on the chassis so I can get it to the shop to do the final parts - wiring, etc.

The cab seems like it's gonna be the hardest part. I have a lot of tools, but not many friends in the Irvine area, so any method that would require fewer people would be best!
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Old 01-08-2018, 09:48 PM
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Four people can place a cab on a chassis, as long as that's all it is...a bare cab without doors, seats, etc. Getting the two front bolts in is a breeze. It's handy to have a couple of helpers to wiggle the cab around when you go to put the bolts through the dog bones.
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I used the shop hoist for removal and installation..
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Old 01-08-2018, 10:06 PM
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I do have a shop hoist. How did you make the wooden piece that goes in the cab and not have it tilt such that the cab just slides off?
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I did mine the same as John. You can see my cab reinstallation starting here:
https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1...l#post17604981

Ignore the picture with the chains, 2x4s, and come-a-long. That was before I had an engine hoist.....and brains.
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Maybe this picture will give you a better idea , it was something I through together about an hour before I lifted the cab off the frame. This picture of course was one of the several times I had it on and off the frame. When it's lifted it stays level and balanced perfectly..
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Only need two people this way, one if you want to get on and off a bunch of times.
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Go back and look closely at examples of cab handling in the removal thread. It is a one man job to install the cab with an engine hoist. Just plan and go slowly.
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Only need two people this way, one if you want to get on and off a bunch of times.
I think you'd have to be careful so you don't damage your drip rails that way using slings...but you definitely have the biggest shop hoist...lol
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Only need two people this way, one if you want to get on and off a bunch of times.
Downright SHOW-OFF!! Spoiled Kid! Geezzz...
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Maybe this picture will give you a better idea , it was something I through together about an hour before I lifted the cab off the frame. This picture of course was one of the several times I had it on and off the frame. When it's lifted it stays level and balanced perfectly..
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This looks exactly like how I did it. 4X4 across inside the cab, centered the end of the hoist until it balanced. Careful careful and worked great!
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Just a couple of questions on the image that 56Panel uploaded:


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Just a couple of questions on the image that 56Panel uploaded:
Everything is connected, making it one solid rig. The flat pieces on the end are connected to the 4x4s, not only tying them together, it forms a cradle to keep the cab from sliding off the ends.

I think the metal pieces are just a couple of angles to connect the end of the hoist to the middle 4x4. John will have to answer that one.
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I don't have any pics, but I used a ceiling hoist also. I used 2 4 by 4's thru the door with 2 straps between the beams and the hoist. I also used a engine leveling bar to level it front to back as I lowered it. I got the cab on by myself with no problem.
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I just did mine by myself using a engine hoist through the side window and using four ratchet straps hooked to seat belt bolts in the floor. I was actually surprised how easy it was.
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