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I need a hard top hoist for my 450sl

Fri, 21 May 2021 00:59:24 GMT

Robert Filbey
Fri, 21 May 2021 18:07:45 GMT

It would help if you mentioned where you are located.

Fri, 21 May 2021 23:31:16 GMT

There are of course, high zoot purpose-made hoists available. I made one by using a hand-crank brake (not ratchet) hoist (boat trailer) and some pulleys attached to the garage wall and to a strong-back fastened across two overhead beams. I used a beam made of padded pvc pipe that goes through the windows to lift while stabilizing with front and rear control lines. I would not recommend overhead storage using this arrangement since that would be hard on the window weather stripping but it is o.k. to hoist, drive out from under it and lower it onto your hard top cradle. I made one of those too using a large furniture dolly and some scrap 2x4 lumber. Regardless of what kind of hoist arrangement you use, I still consider it a two-person job for safety of your paint job. This way, my wife can help without having to help lift this heavy-ass top.

Sun, 18 Jul 2021 17:00:52 GMT

Thanks for that. I just got my car back from the shop and in the garage and see my real problem is going to be clearing the open garage door to hoist. I may have to back in the garage for better clearance.

Mon, 19 Jul 2021 00:28:46 GMT

I do precisely that when removing/installing the hardtop. Back in. You only have to lift the top to clear then drive out from under it. My wife steadies it so I don't scratch the paint.