Knuckleboom Crane: Making room on the frame: moving the flatbed

Part 7: Making Room on the Frame: moving the flatbed

I started by cutting loose the existing flatbed to slide it back to make room for the knuckle-boom which involved cutting loose the rear most hinge points, and also cutting loose the hydraulic lift attaching points.  Since the bed needed to be raised for this, I first made a hefty wood brace, then lowered the bed onto that before doing any cutting.

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Now it was time to carefully slide the bed rearward enough to make room for the crane.  Once again, the forklift came it handy, I attached the winch that’s on the bed to the forklift, and by carefully raising/lowering and tightening the winch, I slid the bed back on the mounts.

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