Here’s my new lifting frame with paint barely dry. It’s the second such frame I’ve ever built so it has some design defects like marginal stability without something on the lifing-loop… It’s also made from a gazillion pieces of scrap steel. The first frame was built from whole pieces of structural steel. It was far better (I’d still have it but it disappeared while I was teaching in the North…), but this will do. It supports my weight and the weight of the engine of my new tractor without a groan, just graceful flexure. It flexes more than I’d planned, probably due to the holes in the steel and my use of intermittent welds instead of continuous welds. It’s good enough to do the job.
I shifted the engine into its final lifting position today. The only problem was that the lifting frame was too high to stand in the doorway of the garage. I had to lift and swing the engine a couple of feet (inches at a time) to create space between the overhead door and hoist. I also rotated the engine to line up with the space normally occupied by the car. The job was a darn sight easier with this frame and a chain-hoist than putting that engine in the garage back in January using brute force and leverage. Thank Goodness spring has arrived so it’s less painful to do this kind of work outdoors. It’s all good. I might do the final assembly of the tractor later today or on the weekend when I can have some additional manpower. For that, the engine will need to be lifted 24 inches and a sudden drop would surely damage something… It would be best to have a second opinion on all operations. 😉