Yeah, sorry for being so vague. Evidently everyone can't read my mind...lol. Anyway, I'm looking for:
HARDTOP HOIST FOR 500SL, 129 MODEL
I prefer a manual hoist, but will consider others....electric would be my last choice.
will consider others---?
Besides manual and electric, what others are you talking about, hydro power, Luke using "The Force", mice on a tread-mill???
Seriously, if you get no offers here, just Google "Mercedes Hard Top hoist", you'll get a bunch of hits.... here are a few
Mercedes Benz SL Hardtop Accessories
Mercedes Benz Parts & Accessories - Mercedes Hardtop Hoist
Mercedes Benz SL Hardtop Hoists & Storage Carts
Search results for: 'hard top hoist' for 'All Years and Models'
Also there have been a DIY hoists posted in these forums, search there as well.
I purchased a used hoist from a member here, and when it arrived it only had a single pully. Even with a slow electric motor, the single pully just pulls it up and lowers it too fast. I ended up going to the local hardware store and buying a second pully, and even with two pully's I wish it were slower.
So make sure what ever setup you get it has two pully's for slow operation. I found out the hard way that if you don't balance it perfectly when removing or installing, you take the chance of tripping one of the rear latches accidently.
Then the system becomes out of sequence, and you'll be posting and searching for how to unlach and resequence.. I've done it twice, and had to use the manual tool to unlatch, after taking out the trunk liner for access to a latch you can hardly see much less access....fun job...