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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 7th, 08, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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Experience, wisdom and guidance is needed....

I've been trying to replace a freeze plug (by the passenger engine mount) and continually find myself unable to reach the bolt that holds the mount to the block (front side of the engine.) It seems I'm unable to get a wrench or ratchet on the bolt due to space.

So, I'm going to attempt to lift the entire engine up a couple of inches using a hoist. I'm scared to lift from the bottom of the oil pan as half of the stories I hear result in the oil pan being crushed (and half of the stories say it works fine.)

My question is two fold.

Will I hurt any thing (transmission, etc.) by lifting the engine up a couple of inches (unbolting from both sides.) And / or where is best to attached the lift chains? I'm trying not to unbolt the exhaust manifold.

ANY advice is welcome.

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Re: Lifting an engine for a freeze plug replacement

You might want to keep an eye on the distributor cap, not literally though, so it doesn't get broke. Other than that you should be able to raise it enough to remove the motor mounts.
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Re: Lifting an engine for a freeze plug replacement

Hello if you what a temp fix try one of these a Motormite Expansion Plug They do work. You can get it in without removing the Engine.

http://www.partsamerica.com/ProductD...pe=740&PTSet=A

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Re: Lifting an engine for a freeze plug replacement

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You might want to keep an eye on the distributor cap, not literally though, so it doesn't get broke. Other than that you should be able to raise it enough to remove the motor mounts.
Agree here, dist cap, maybe accel linkage, heater core nipple, fan to fan shroud clearnace, You can lift motor from oil pan but I would place a 2x6 or 2 x 8" block of wood flat on the bottom where the outer edges of the block fit against the pan, ie , equal weight distribution. May even have to disconned headers or exhaust pipes.

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Re: Lifting an engine for a freeze plug replacement

THNX all,

On the freeze plug from Advanced Auto... I picked up one there like that but not quite the same... I'll print out the link and take it by the store.

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Re: Lifting an engine for a freeze plug replacement

1 5/8's brass deep cup, accept nothing else, use some Permatex on edges. Tap in with large socket that will fit the cup or if you have the fancy plug installer..

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