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fitting an engine crane to factory tow hitch ?

Old 01-06-2019, 11:12 PM
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I apologise in advance for the oddball question

The story is here, one of my '96 got written-off in an accident, but after repairs by me is still driveable, but will now be moved to my 150 acre bush block,
and used for off-roading, storage..and as a multi-purpose tractor etc etc

It would be very handy to be able to lift & move heavy objects, such as trees, rocks...and possibly engines

My idea/questions;

The basic idea is to weld a section on to a modified small engine crane, and insert that in the tow hitch

* what is the approximate maximum downforce that the towbar can be subjected to...I *may* have read this is 250kg ?

250kg would be enough to be helpful for rocks and beams, but not enough to lift a 800lb engine & trans out of a vehicle..the ultimate goal

I have seen some awesome crane mods on various vehicles, so any ideas welcome

kind of suspect I cant make it work without at least fabbing a sturdy modified rear bar, in order to attach supporting chains..

even then it may not work...like I said all ideas welcome, no matter how wacky, or negative
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Old 01-08-2019, 10:21 AM
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I'm not 100% sure but i'm not sure that the stock tow mount alone would support the weight of an engine, especially in the way that it would be hanging off of the rear of the vehicle. Since you want to use the hitch mount i'm guessing you want it to be easily removable? Maybe there is a way you can brace the stock hitch mount for starters. Also there could be a way to run support beams to another location on the vehicle, and have them bolt in instead of weld so it can still be removed. Possibly even a way to have fold down legs like a large crane would have to support it while stationary? I'd love to hear back and see what you want to try lol.
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Cruiser54 had done this and had no problems picking up axles, engines etc
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Originally Posted by XJwonders View Post
Cruiser54 had done this and had no problems picking up axles, engines etc
Hmm, good to know. I don't think I would trust my rusty old XJ to hold up to that but that's just me.
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Originally Posted by DJXJ97 View Post
I'm not 100% sure but i'm not sure that the stock tow mount alone would support the weight of an engine, especially in the way that it would be hanging off of the rear of the vehicle. Since you want to use the hitch mount i'm guessing you want it to be easily removable? Maybe there is a way you can brace the stock hitch mount for starters. Also there could be a way to run support beams to another location on the vehicle, and have them bolt in instead of weld so it can still be removed. Possibly even a way to have fold down legs like a large crane would have to support it while stationary? I'd love to hear back and see what you want to try lol.
The idea is to have it easily removeable, and yes, slip into the stock hitch reciever, via square section I weld to the bottom of basic crane..with its legs detached.

I want to be able to lift heavy rocks, trees, beams into place, and I have a couple of engine/trans lifts max 800lb..lift/move back a few feet

Originally Posted by XJwonders View Post
Cruiser54 had done this and had no problems picking up axles, engines etc
would it be impertinent to ask him outright on the forum..or via PM ?

I dont think I can put it on the front, due to weight distribution, maybe that assumption is wrong?
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Originally Posted by awg View Post
The idea is to have it easily removeable, and yes, slip into the stock hitch reciever, via square section I weld to the bottom of basic crane..with its legs detached.

I want to be able to lift heavy rocks, trees, beams into place, and I have a couple of engine/trans lifts max 800lb..lift/move back a few feet



would it be impertinent to ask him outright on the forum..or via PM ?

I dont think I can put it on the front, due to weight distribution, maybe that assumption is wrong?
PM him. He's always happy to help.
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Thats pretty badass.
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My granddaughter had to be about 3 then. she could operate it.
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