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    C180 Jacking

    I know this subject has been broached before. I need to install my bushwheels and my engine hoist method won't work because there isn't enough room between the horizontal legs. I ordered two high lift rams from Northern and want to build something to jack under the gear box. I would like photos and suggestions.

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    Av-Jack by Ace-Air

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    There is a neat way to grab the gear leg. I think Cessna sold a version, but I re- invented it for my Decathlon using long bolts and leather strips. Because the gear leg tapers, it doesn't slide up the gear leg when jacked from below.

    I could get a photo if you want. Small enough that it travels in the spare tailwheel bag.

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    Eddie, the tripod has pins that fit the jack base to hold it steady. The top fixture can tilt but has a short tube to hold it on the jack end. Rock solid. It can lift both mains simultaneously but I use it for one side at a time.
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    This fits between gear legs. Keeps gear from springing inward Works great.
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    I like to use an engine hoist with a strap around the engine mount right at the firewall bolt. Plus, the long jack with a padded block of wood under the gear box. A pump on one then the other to keep equal tension. I also like the get the tail up on some pallets to level the plane some so the wood doesn't try to slip. Also, low on fuel and try to tilt the plane before to run gas over to the tank on the opposite side I'm lifting.
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    I use what Stewart uses. Please NOTE, Thatís a piece of PLYWOOD on jack side with a soft 2x6 or 8 on top screwed together to prevent splitting the 2x wood. Been using that method since the 1980ís.


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    Caulkins needs to post his folding tripod. That thing is bad azz. Packable, like when you need a buddy to bring it? He can!
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    I use an engine hoist and some Amsteel line. Works good, and canít slip off a jack.

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    Have you done it on a remote strip?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by stewartb View Post
    Have you done it on a remote strip?????
    No... was that part of the original request? I mustíve missed that part.

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    Nope, but we'd all use overhead hoists until they aren't available. Not available describes 99.9% of my airplane life. In this case Eddie already bought hydraulic bottles.

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    Thought this was an interesting method as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CamTom12 View Post
    I use an engine hoist and some Amsteel line. Works good, and can’t slip off a jack.

    Right or wrong, that's what I do too... usually because it's the easiest since I haven't constructed any special tool for it. Knocking on wood to limit these changes to inside the hangar.
    I see some of the local operators do their lifts (at home base) by just lifting with the back side of their engine hoists with a pad just outside the wing strut..

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    I like that. Did you make it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Ed View Post
    This fits between gear legs. Keeps gear from springing inward Works great.
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    What about it, Dave?

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    Caulkins needs to post his folding tripod. That thing is bad azz. Packable, like when you need a buddy to bring it? He can!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Foy View Post
    I know this subject has been broached before. I need to install my bushwheels and my engine hoist method won't work because there isn't enough room between the horizontal legs. I ordered two high lift rams from Northern and want to build something to jack under the gear box. I would like photos and suggestions.

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    Eddie, I have one of these jacks in the video and Tom posted pictures of that I do not use. I don't work on 180 so if you need it.
    https://www.supercub.org/forum/showt...0-185-Jack-Pad
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    Quote Originally Posted by CamTom12 View Post
    I use an engine hoist and some Amsteel line. Works good, and can’t slip off a jack.
    I do it the same way, only I use a nylon strap as a choker.
    I've tried a couple different versions of jack points that clamp onto or slide onto the gear legs--
    they always scarf up the paint & you have to worry about "tippiness".
    Or you can hoist at the engine mount (not the lifting eye) as others have described.
    Pretty hard for something to fall off a sling.


    [QUOTE=Eddie Foy;748902] I need to install my bushwheels and my engine hoist method won't work because there isn't enough room between the horizontal legs. /QUOTE]

    I don't understand this comment. What horizontal legs?

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    Found the pics.
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    They are on. It finally dawned on me to put the hoist parallel to the fuselage. Also installed Texas Skyways exhaust extension. They promised me that you could install the cowl with it on. They lied!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carey Gray View Post
    Av-Jack by Ace-Air
    https://tlgw.aero/tlgw-specialties/av-jack

    I first saw these at Tom Anderson's booth at the NW aviation show a couple years ago,
    I believe that Vern Goodsell down in Sisters OR manufactures them.
    Very nice set-up, but pretty spendy at $575.
    And not very versatile, seems kinda like a one-trick pony.
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    I bought one of these 15 years ago-
    https://bogertaviation.com/collectio...-aero-jack-kit

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    The worst idea Cessna ever had. The copy cats aren't any better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotrod180 View Post
    https://tlgw.aero/tlgw-specialties/av-jack

    I first saw these at Tom Anderson's booth at the NW aviation show a couple years ago,
    I believe that Vern Goodsell down in Sisters OR manufactures them.
    Very nice set-up, but pretty spendy at $575.
    And not very versatile, seems kinda like a one-trick pony.
    The price of those jacks seem to have almost doubled since I bought one a couple of years ago. Vern sold the design to Anderson, or so I was told.

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    Is it patented?

    Quote Originally Posted by Carey Gray View Post
    The price of those jacks seem to have almost doubled since I bought one a couple of years ago. Vern sold the design to Anderson, or so I was told.
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