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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old Dec 19th, 04, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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ok...hopefully pulling out the motor/tranny over the next few days. [img]smile.gif[/img] Small block and TH350 will come out together.

Front sheetmetal, headers, throttle linkage, radiator, heater hose, driveshaft, speedo cable are all removed.

Gonna disconnect the shift linkage and drain the tranny fluid tomorrow.

I borrowed an engine stand (I need the engine to stand bolts) and I have a hoist reserved from a local rental place.

I'll get a transmission tail plug.

Is it easier to drop the transmission crossmember, or leave that bolted on?

Any other tips/tricks welcomed

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old Dec 19th, 04, 08:16 PM
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sounds like you have it about covered.
i usually take the crossmember out, just to make it that much easier to maneuver things around and not have to worry about knocking the tailshaft plug out.
as for the engine to stand bolts, just measure how long the mounting arms on the stand are and add about a half inch to that, and go to the hardware store and buy the proper length grade 5 or 8 3/8" bolts and some washers to put behind them.

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thanks for the input, novaderrik.
going to try to get to the last minute stuff today, but it's looking like a high of 21* in NY....

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I also pull the crosmember, supprt the trans until the hoist is hooked up, then let it fall, give you a lot better angle.

TAKE THE DISTRIBUTOR CAP OFF! and watch the clearance at the firewaall when you start raising it.





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Jim:
excellant...will do..
cap is already off

hey..progress on ur side?

I havent been checking the boards much lately...work's been busy

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there are bolts holding the rear of the pan in place, correct?

If there are, I cant get to them...transmission crossmember is in the way

No biggie..I was able to drain at least some of the fluid...

a messy, messy job

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looks like there are three on the 'short length' of the pan...damn

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post #8 of 24 (permalink) Old Dec 20th, 04, 10:46 AM
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If you are that far apart I would pull the radiator support to make things much easier. Don't forget the grounding straps!

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If you aren't doing any tranny work then why go to the trouble of pulling it out? Just unbolt the tranny housing bolts and the torque converter bolts and lift the engine out. Much easier.

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J: radiator support is already out [img]smile.gif[/img]


Bob: I was debating whether to remove the motor, then tranny or both as a unit...both are being replaced

Bellhousing bolts are tough to get to, so I figure both as a unit

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Scott, with the clip off, it's way easier to pull both as a unit, and really hard sliding out from under the car with a trans on your chest.

If you can get one of those screw type load adjuster's for the hiost, they really make things easy. Mine has 4 shirt chains to bolt it to the engine, then you can adjust the screw to shift the center of gravity nearly a foot.

I'm still having fun... frame's been cleaned and por15'd, it looks great. Firewall and underfloor back to first crossbrace same, plus a coat of semi-gloss black. New poly frame bushings are in. Been workin on the pass inner fender, kinda rusty under the battery but it'll save. That undercoat is nasty stuff!! Need to get to the paint store... Need to get the wipers and cowl vent panel off... need too... well u know, it's endless.





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Jim:
I agree...I have soo much room and not too many things to get in the way..trans on chest sounds... annoying

I'll see if the rental place includes (or has available) that load adjuster..

Sounds like you are making some real nice progress.
Post pics if you can..I'd love to see your results... poly bushings [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

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FraudulentRS , How much does the hoist rental cost? You can get a hoist at the local auto parts store for probably around $120.00. When your done, sell it. If your not puting in the new engine right away, that is 2 rental cost. Just a thought that I had.


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Get the folding one for storage ease. Mine doesn't fold up and is in the way unless I am using it. I have used it for a lot more than lifting engines so they are a fairly good investment.
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40 bux for a few days....
I was thinking about buying a folding one (I still may), but I have someone who is doing the install for me, so it is a one shot deal...


If the rental one turns out to be a mess...I may just get one.
I am sure I'll be doing this again down the line [img]graemlins/clonk.gif[/img]

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