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Old 02-01-2010, 11:13 AM
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Pulling the cab...

Is it possible to pull the cab... Crew cab specifically by using straps from the top of the cab with out damaging the cab? I know it is possible to do head gaskets with the cab on but I'm really wanting to get the cab off the truck. We have a heavy duty fork lift and I was trying to find some one that has used a chain hoist or fork lift to remove the cab.. Also what kind of weight is the cab?

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Old 02-01-2010, 11:21 AM
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not sure of exact wieght , id guess 2000 lbs , dont think i would try to do raise the cab that way
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Old 02-01-2010, 11:52 AM
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not sure of exact wieght , id guess 2000 lbs , dont think i would try to do raise the cab that way
I would have to agree with this, they are not designed to have all the weight of the cab on the pillars.....you would stress something and then your doors wont fit right and worst of all if you are in an accident and your cab is unsafe it could end up bad for you and your familly.

There may not look like there is structural damage but there probably would be....just my .02
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Old 02-01-2010, 11:57 AM
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A vehicle lift is the best way to pull the cab. However, you might be able to lift the cab enough with jacks to put some structure underneath the body lift points and then raise it up. I would be very leery of lifting it by throwing a strap through the windows. I did that to a 1965 chevy p/u and had to buy 2 new doors.
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definetly wouldnt lift a cab that way. you need a hoist to do it properly.

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Biggest issue is I don't have access to a lift. My step dad was taling about lifting the cab that way and I was pretty skeptical.. The only other way I have seend thru searching was one guy built a cage to lift tge truck and that seems pretty easy build but I don't plan to have to go back in and steel isn't exactly cheap these days. I had though about blocking the cab and using jack stands but I'm not sure how that would work. Maybe some cab over camper jacks would be the ticket if I could find some.. I appreciate any brain storming ideas if any one wants to throw them my way.
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Old 02-01-2010, 12:49 PM
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Why not just do it with the cab on? That's how mine was done and did not have to cut the a/c box, and beat on the firewall with a hammer like others have reported. If you simply loosen the motor mounts, and cross member from the tranny, you can rock the motor side to side and have plenty of room to install the studs and heads, etc.
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You could try moving the cab and box back on the frame, or take the box right off and move the cab as far back as you need....
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You could try moving the cab and box back on the frame, or take the box right off and move the cab as far back as you need....
That would only work if you took apart the front end core support and stuff, other wise it won't slide back as it'd hit the motor. And I'm sure it be a B***H getting everything lined back up.
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Biggest issue is I don't have access to a lift. My step dad was taling about lifting the cab that way and I was pretty skeptical.. The only other way I have seend thru searching was one guy built a cage to lift tge truck and that seems pretty easy build but I don't plan to have to go back in and steel isn't exactly cheap these days. I had though about blocking the cab and using jack stands but I'm not sure how that would work. Maybe some cab over camper jacks would be the ticket if I could find some.. I appreciate any brain storming ideas if any one wants to throw them my way.
Well, if you have access to space and two forklifts, scroll down to post #12 of this thread to see some interesting photos:

F350 2001 XL 2WD to 2005 Lariat 4x4
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