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Old 11-04-2017, 10:33 PM
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Thanks Rod.
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Old 11-04-2017, 11:52 PM
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I just put mine together using an old engine hoist. I built a base from a hub I had from an abandoned project. It has a 2" bottom stake that fits my stake pockets on my flat deck, or will fit into a rig that will fit in my receiver hitch and offset to the side of the truck with a drop leg.
Pic is of the crane on a mocked up receiver mount.
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Old 11-05-2017, 02:53 AM
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The first time one of these gets put to use will have the owner smiling a different tune. Nice rig Rusty
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Old 11-05-2017, 06:54 AM
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I have sketched up a couple of times a design with a bumper.

I figure, if you make a new rear bumper out of say 8" wideflange,
you can make the whole thing while still driving the truck, not much
down time.

The crane could be the one from H.F. or other ones, put it on the Right Rear
corner, so as not to interfere with loading sheets into the truck.

Using a semi trailer landing gear jack, (or similar) directly under the
crane, it would support the truck while swinging the load.

So no real mod's to the truck.
For the original poster this could be a good way to go although I might use channel instead of WF Beam. You could also further simplify the project by attaching to a receiver and using a small scissor jack under the crane . By this all one would have to make is mounting structure for the Jack and an offsetting adapter for mounting the crane.

For others looking for crane ideas here is what I built.

The yellow portion is the boom receiver assembly mounted to a vertical pivot on the bumper of my F350. It is secured with one lynch pin and can be flipped up and secured for over the road driving. The receiver tube has two controls. An 8000lb. bed mounted winch raises and lowers the boom. This provides fore and aft positioning of the lifting hook. The receiver tube also pivots at the top. There is a crank handle that moves the tube about 4 degrees right and left. This provides side to side positioning of the lifting hook. There are three adjustable telescoping tubes that slide into the receiver tube. This gives a range of lift from 12-34 feet. Capacity at full extension is about 200lbs. All the controlling is done from one position. The receiver breaks down into three pieces for storage.

I have a build thread somewhere on this site detailing the making of some of the parts.
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Old 11-05-2017, 08:08 AM
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There are a couple of reasons I would use WF beam.
1. it's very common in the 8" size (used for the center beam in allot of houses)
2. Channel when loaded wants to curl to one side, and doing so
catastrophically, the WF being symmetrical, does not, the WF having more resistance than S or I beams as well.

I would also extend it across the whole width of the truck, to replace the bumper, as well as being able to install a second stabilizing leg on
that side as well.

Ideally I would use some box tubing instead of WF, but it's allot more expensive, and doesn't offer a nice step.
Your could box in the front half of the WF to make a it box section, (also for some nice taillights) and still retain
the other half of the flange for a nice step.

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Old 11-05-2017, 09:29 AM
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There are several good pictures of the Trailer Snatch at about the mid-point of Tom's thread and on page 2 that I linked in my reply
Photo's crane is sure the ultimate unit and would be great to have.

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Old 11-05-2017, 10:12 AM
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Spencer, I remembered a couple of old auto crane threads that don't quite match your intentions but you might still find something useful in them.

Photomask put his on his trailer.

Jeff mounted one on his service truck.

I also recalled they built outriggers. I've seen and benefitted from Photomask's trailer snatch when he moved a compressor home for me several years ago.
It is a slick rig.

I cut one up one from Harbor Freight and modified it to be a jib crane on the Franken-Mill
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Old 11-05-2017, 10:27 AM
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Here's another thread to check out. Troadster built one using a HF crane, and some jacks that mounts to the truck receiver. If you only need it occasionally something like this that is easily removable would be nice.
http://www.shopfloortalk.com/forums/...ad.php?t=11275
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Old 11-05-2017, 05:05 PM
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When I had this need, I found it much more convenient to just have a second machine at my mothers house.
Lawnmower too.
There was plenty of room in the garage and there was no need for planning a special trip.
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Old 11-05-2017, 09:46 PM
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Here are some photos of the snow thrower carrier that I put together a few years ago. Might give someone ideas for a similar unit.
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