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    Thinking of asking the hubby to install an electric hoist from Harbor Freight in our garage. Looking for a cushioned harness to secure and store the hardtop above when using the soft top. Anyone have some thoughts?
    Last edited by TBird1stLuv; May 16, 2018, 11:20 AM. Reason: grammar

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    Originally posted by TBird1stLuv View Post
    Thinking of asking the hubby to install an electric hoist from Harbor Freight in our garage. Looking for a cushioned harness to secure and store the hardtop above when using the soft top. Anyone have some thoughts?
    There was one offered for cost of shipping on this site a while back. There are some pretty good shots of homemade ones as well. You might do a search.

    When on my other computer I will post a photo of one you have not located them.
    https://i.imgur.com/6QRfDgX.jpg

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    • #3
      I've used a Harbor Freight hoist for over 10 years. I was lucky enough to find someone selling the harness/support bar from a production kit via TBN. Maybe someone here has a manual lift that they aren't using. I mounted the hoist in the attic space over the garage which allows me to lift the hardtop all the way to the ceiling - out of the way even for me (6'4")! I believe some members have made their own harness with PVC pipe. Good luck!

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      • #4
        Someone else posted this image of a home built attachment part. I believe this is the one that offered free.
        https://i.imgur.com/6QRfDgX.jpg

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        • #5
          I went ahead and bought the manual hoist as at the time no other people were selling theirs, then I got an electric from nortern tool or something(similar to harbor freight) put the two together and works great. got an extra 4 times pulley in the deal.(not needed with power hoist) the company would not sell just the harness and truthfully told me that's how they make profit on the deal.
          I did double the pulley line so it goes up and down slower.now I can easily lower onto car alone in about 3 mins by myself . little more time to screw it back together. total cost $280 including having it shipped
          Last edited by hippy_mailman; May 17, 2018, 12:10 AM.

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          • #6
            I have been using my own Harbor freight Electric hoist for two years. The first "must" is to mount the hoist to two wood joist in the ceiling. I used two 5/16" x 5" wood screw eye bolts to mount a 18" x 1/2" pipe extension in the garage ceiling to support the hoist. I then used 3/4" PVC pipe with 5/8" dowel wood inside the pipe to make a rigid rod support under the top as a primary support for a three part hitch. Each end of the rod support is two of the three part harness I made using 2" nylon strap material also from Harbor Freight. The third strap is also 2" nylon material with a rubber coated double hook from Lowes that hooks under the rear center of the top.
            I raise and lower my top as needed and leave the top hanging in the rigging for months without issue. Total cost less than $150.00. Works Great!!

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            • #7
              Since I sold my Tbird, I have an electric hoist that I will sell. Used every year for 15 years. It is similar to the Thunderbird Concepts hoist. Thunderbird Specialties wants $650 for a new one; not clear about the shipping. My selling costs will be finding (and buying) a shipping box for the parts, 2-4 hours labor for taking the hoist down from garage rafters. Another expense will be shipping it, I will weigh it once it is down. Buyer may need to furnish all new pulleys.
              Frank
              FEs Tbird
              03 Whisper White, White Top, White Partial Accent, Chrome Hood Bezel, Porthole Emblem Decals, Visor Emblem Decals, Tbird Floormats, TBN Grill Badge

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              • #8
                Thank you to everyone for posting a response! My husband has decided to build me one similar to one described by BillyL. Since the garage height is not spacious enough, he has decided to mount a winch on the wall instead of a hoist. My thanks to everyone for your opinion.

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