Sunday, March 4, 2007

5 Ton Gantry Crane

On January 31, 2007 the former Cold Metal Products plant in Youngstown was auctioned. I had my eye on only one lot, number 313. This was a 5 ton Wallace gantry crane with motorized drive. The crane has a 35 foot span and 16 feet under the beam and is exactly the right size to span the Tod Engine. Since the engine is quite large most of the parts, including some of the bolts and nuts need a crane to move them around. Having a crane is a must for the Tod's restoration however installing an overhead crane isn't cheap. Finding the Wallace gantry crane was a wonderful stroke of luck and with a bid of $2500 we are now the proud owners of this extremely useful piece of equipment. The crane has been moved to the Heritage Park and is in storage until spring when it wil lbe erected over the engine.

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