HT10 Panel Thing
Ford Super Duty hood on Panel Thing
Always load and unload parts with the round tube approximately vertical. Tighten the aluminum clamping knob to hold the round tube vertical.
This Ford F350 hood balances through the rotation with the parts adapter arms (HD4) in the low position. For longer hoods, rotate the square slider (D3) 180 degrees so the adapter arm mounts on the bottom of the square slider. This will position the arm at it's lowest point for the longest hoods.
Upper hook can go in a hole or along the edge of a large opening.
Side view of parts adapter arm. The ball handle extends a few inches beyond the front of the hood for easy access.
Hood slightly off-center, is OK.
Down stop allows access to the rear edge of hood without requiring technicians to bend over too far to reach ball handle.
Hoods with grill surround may require the ball handle to go part way or all the way through the grill opening.
Note the position of the adapter arms. This long hood balanced perfectly using the arm position shown.
Typical door attachment.
Best balance was achieved with the arms in the up position. If a mounting hole is small, remove the adapter arm, feed the hook into the hole and place the adapter arm back in the slider. Remember to twist the square head bolts 1/4 turn to prevent the adapter arms from sliding out.
Place the top hook against the door's top edge, or in a hole. Make sure the lower t-handle is tight. Then loosen the upper t-handle, hold the arm down with one hand and re-tighten the upper t-handle. You will notice the upper hook moving down and clamping the part tight against the lower hooks.
Make sure holes under insulator are deep enough to avoid damage to outside sheet metal.
Most parts balance with adapter arms in the up position as shown on this hood.
Arm mounting position for long hood.
Tailgate adapter arms fit into hinge cups. When the upper hook is tightened down, it locks up the square sliders with a twisting force and prevents them from moving apart.
Outside view of typical upper tailgate hook location.
Inside view of typical upper mounting location for a tailgate.
Always use the tailgate mounting arms (HD3) in the up position as shown.
Part should feel very tight when you rock the ball handle back and forth.
Forward stop position.
Roller thrust bearing means less effort when tightening the pivot joint. A small amount of grease on this bearing helps keep it turning smoothly.
Even though the back side of this hood will not get painted, the Panel Thing is the easiest way for one person to safely move this part around the shop.
LIft gate mounted up and ready to roll.
Parts adapter arms (HD4) in up position to place this lift gate in a balanced position for easy rotation.
Upper mounting hole is off-center, so it's OK to slide the whole lid over to one side to reach this hole on top. Also OK to rotate the upper arm (C3) as much as 45 degrees to either side to reach off-center mounting holes.
Off-center is OK, as long as neither of the parts adapter arms are too close to the center. Generally, it's best for the arms to be roughly equal distance from center of the stand.
Gate mounted off-center to reach the off-center hole on top.
Ball knob is positioned out beyond the part a few inches for easy access.
One spray session to paint the side of the truck inside and out, eliminating the separate paint cut-in operation.
Ball knob should be higher than shown here for easier rotation.
This F350 door did not require painting on the inner jamb. However, the Panel Thing provides an easy way to hold it in the on-car position and also allows one person to safely move this heavy door anywhere in the shop.
Make sure the t-handle is loosened most of the way before sliding the upper hook down against your part. When you start with a loosened t-handle, you will notice that the upper arm rotates down as you tighten it, clamping your part extremely tight against the two lower hooks.
Even though this door is heavy, the arms go in the up position to place it on the center of balance for easy rotation.
You know you have the part balanced if it takes about the same effort to raise or lower the ball handle with only slight tension on the pivot joint.
Adapter arms placed about equal distance from center of the stand.
Rotate square head bolt to lock arms in place.
Land Rover lower gate.
Chevy truck fender with inner fender attached.
A Ford Super Duty Hood balanced for effortless rotation
Panel Things nest with each other and with Bumper Things too.