Anyone have a better photo of the factory engine hoist than this or one that is more complete? I would like to make one of these lifting devices for my own use. I love the simplicity and we know they worked...15 million Model T's can't be wrong!
There is a very quick view an engine being installed on the assembly line with that tool at the start of this video:
And a much longer shot around the 1:48 mark...
Mike, I have thought the same thing. They look like large ice tongs. I have thought about cutting a set out using plywood for a pattern and them getting someone with a plasma cutter to cut out the two main pieces.
just get a set of log tongs
I'm sure it was a pair of forgings built like ice tongs. Maybe someone with an industrial strength plasma cutter or water jet unit could cut them out of 1/2" plate. I could probably guess at the dimensions using proportions from the photo above.
Like this ? One end has a fork to grab the cylinders and the other is a flat spade to grab under the block by the valve cover opening.
Very cool, exactly what I was looking for! Thanks, Steve. Any chance I could talk you into a few close-ups next to a measuring tape?
You might look up rail tongs or log grabbers. Both of these are very much like the engine hoist tool. I believe a guy could modify one or the other into a great engine hoist tool without a whole lot of trouble.
Dan, you wouldn't happen to have an extra one for sale would you?
Thanks Dan - better photo !
Took me 15+ years to find this one. Dan
I searched for over 30 years before a friend of mine said "I have one of those - been hanging on the wall about that long" - you want it ?
just sent you a pm.
These are used along with it.
you must just have all the cool stuff...
Dan, are there any markings on the hoist lifting devices? Any Ford part numbers like a lot of the Ford tools have?
Makes you wonder how many are still out there or were were pitched in junk plies and later hauled to the scrap yard.
Dan - what ar the twisty hickies used for?
Lifting up the rear of the car to remove rear axle.
BTW, you'll find all these lifting devices, complete with all specifications and dimensions if you want to build your own in this brochure of Equipment for Ford Service Agents.
Ford Service lists one 3Z- number part for hand tongs, but you better be a tough hombre to lift a Ford motor with that!
Found all these at Hershey, all the same year. That is why there is only one Hershey. The first one is for lifting the front of the car, the other 2 are for the rear. Found the engine lift at Hershey too. Dan