|Organ Lifting and Loading
From the moment my organ was complete I had a transport problem. It locates
on four spikes on the top of its trolley and can be pushed around without
any danger of falling off. This is fine for short distances but to put it
in the back of the car requires it to be vertically lifted off the spikes
and raised about 2ft to the level of the cargo area floor.
The overall height of the organ leaves less than an inch of clearance from
the car's cargo area floor and the tailgate hinge so there is no room for
forks, jibs or hoists. The base of the organ is hollow containing the bass
pipes so any lifting forks would damage the pipes anyway.
The organ weighs 37kg which for old imperial blokes like me is 82lbs. This
weight, its physical bulk and possibly my advancing years contribute to the
fact that I cannot lift it on my own. With two people, one on each side handle,
it is easy but assistance is rarely to be found when needed.
As simple ideas are always the best what I needed was a simple apparatus
which could be constructed by a simple chap like me allowing me to simply
lift the organ into the car by myself. So I constructed the apparatus
shown in the following photos. This only weighs 16 lbs (7.2 kg) splits into
four pieces two of which clip together for transportation and in the dismantled
state can be taken with the organ to the destination and used for unloading.
As can be seen from the photos the component parts quickly fasten together
using four wing nuts and the organ hangs in the middle pivoted on stub axles
which run in sockets on the side of the organ. The organ together with
its trolley is positioned behind the car, the trolley handles are removed
and the lifting jig attached. With the resultant leverage it is easy for
me to lift the organ off its locating pins, position level with the cargo
area and simply wheel it in, making use of the wheels on the front of the
jig. When safely installed in the car the jig is removed and the organ
re-positioned to make room for the trolley, music and other accessories.
Removal is the reverse of the above and I find it very satisfactory