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Old 02-09-2014, 04:12 PM

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Removing cab and bed from chassis

I brought my 2004 F250 to the mechanic today after buying it yesterday. Unfortunately, my impulsivity and need for a truck got the best of me and I got burned by the dealer... The body and interior look amazing, the engine runs flawlessly, the transmission shifts smootly, and the electronics all work great, but underneath, its a whole different story. It seems as if this thing was damaged in a flood.

I'm going to the dealer tomorrow to see what they will and what they will not address under warranty. I am fairly confident that they will take care of a few of the issues but far from all of the issues.

Once this step of the process is done, my intention is to remove everything from the chassis. If I do some "redecorating" I will have ample room to keep all of the truck components safely indoors and will be able to reassemble the truck indoors after getting the chassis sandblasted.

Now, it was also my intention to buy a lift to work on some of my other cars. Would this be a good tool to have in removing the cab and bed? If so, what type should I get? If not, what should I get? Additionally, I can see it as being a risky move, but I do have access to boom trucks and a forklift where I will be doing the work. I could do it that way in theory.

Anyway, any input on the topic would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 02-09-2014, 04:21 PM
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lifts are a great and the wrong lift will kill you as will a bad install of any lift
there are whole threads dedicated to 2 post 4 post lifts

your thread title won't likely attract people who are familiar with them as much as if you posed the lift type question directly or just do a little research
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Old 02-09-2014, 07:36 PM
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As Zmann said a good hoist and more importantly the install of said hoist is key. Other then that I would look for a 10k twin post. I have 4 in my shop. All have had cabs off on them. I have 2 powerrexs a bend pak and a forward. I like bend paks more than the others. All of them have hoisted all the 1tons I have put on them. The bend pak and the forward seem to hold them better tho. I paid 2500 installed for the powerrexs about 2 years ago FWIW.
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Old 02-09-2014, 08:46 PM
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There will be plenty others to recomend what you can use I will touch on what not to use.

Do not use anything under min 1 ton rateing if you have to swing to the side.
Do not use a bucket truck they aren't designed for that.
Do not use a truck crane unless your 100% shure of its capacity. I mean like on a shop truck/utility bed. Be carefull of Liftmoore and astec most are not as big as you think.

The one draw back to useing automotive lifts is you have to push or pull the chassie/frame assembly out of the way.

Just my 2 cents.
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