Has anyone ever fitted a lift or hoist inside their garage for storing a hardtop? My garage is very narrow and the roof on my BMW E30 is pretty awkward for manoeuvring about. Looking for some inspiration. An off the shelf solution appeals but would rather hear about real world experiences first. Cheers
Back when they were new, one of our directors had an Audi 80 Convertible, and one of the things (I believe) that made it a convertible (as opposed to "just" a cabriolet) is that it came with a hardtop. The brochure showed a stand that would hold it vertically, but it actually came with a pulley and frame contraption - basically a pulley that sits in the roof, and a three-point frame to lift under the back end, and at each front corner (I think). We had this installed in the warehouse, except it was 1.5-height so the rope and handle weren't really long enough.
As I recall it, another director was dumping an old sofa, so all we ever did was get two or three willing helpers to lift off the roof, and then leave it on the old sofa over summer. I don't recall the pulley ever being used.
By coincidence, I have the pulley system in the shed, noticed it the other day when I was moving some stuff around. Would be open to offers if you think you could make use of it.
I forgot I posted this. I might end up making my own system, but certainly interested in seeing a photo or two if you ever get a chance.
Here it is, with some dimensions added.
As you can probably make out, the white box is the pulley system, and has two ropes that unwind using the handle you can also see. That mounts on the inside of your roof, with the winding tag pointing downwards. The frame has two hooks to connect the ropes - one part-way along the length, and the other the eyelet that also holds the rear cross-piece in place. The frame has a hook in the front centre, and one either side at the rear. I think the holes in the rear hooks had a corresponding post sticking down from the rear of the Audi hardtop, to hold things in place.
I've added dimensions as you don't have an Audi. For shipping, the rear side pieces come off and the T-piece splits at the eyelet.
If you need any more information please get in touch, though I can't think what else you'd need to know. Also, though, if you decide you don't want it can you let me know please? Now I've found all the bits and photographed them, if you don't want it I'll get it advertised elsewhere.
I just remembered something else. I was thinking about how the rope would rub on the side of the white plastic body, and it's just come to me - there were two pulley wheels that I don't have. This makes sense - the pulley wheels would be above the centre of the car, and allow the box with the winding handle to be off to one side, for ease of access.
ETA - hoist now sold.
Last Edit: Apr 30, 2019 12:37:08 GMT by droopsnoot