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Tim - The Northwest 1969 Camaro
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This is going to sound like a really bonehead question but what the heck. My LS3 engine from Turnkey came essentially completely assembled included front serpentine set up. I really don't want to disassemble anything if I don't have to (accessory drive, intake manifold) so my question is this:

Are the exhaust manifold bolt holes sufficient for lifting? I have a leveling rig with four chains which would allow me to connect to the sides of the engine rather than the front and rear of the heads. I would need to build some angled mounting bars to keep the chains away from my valve covers but it seems like this would work.

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the center has no weight. just for safety. I bought the strap in one length and cut it to my liking. then folded the ends and used split rivets and washers to hold it
I heated a bolt to melt the strap to the size hole I wanted
 

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the center has no weight. just for safety. I bought the strap in one length and cut it to my liking. then folded the ends and used split rivets and washers to hold it
I heated a bolt to melt the strap to the size hole I wanted
That was pretty clever and did the job. Thanks for posting.
 

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It will be fine. Macs lift plate does the same thing. Pic here.

Engine Lift Adapter Plate for the Mac's PiVOT

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Thanks for confirming Don. I assumed so but it's nice to have confirmation. That lifting plate would be nice if I did more than one engine every ten years. I am thinking I'll just bend up some 1/4" strap to keep the chains away from aluminum and connect to the 1,7,2 and 8 exhaust ports.
 

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Just to mention with the serp system installed it can be a bit harder to get the engine set with limited clearance at the core support.

I install the front drive on the engine with it on the engine stand and then remove it before dropping the engine in the car.
 

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Just to mention with the serp system installed it can be a bit harder to get the engine set with limited clearance at the core support.

I install the front drive on the engine with it on the engine stand and then remove it before dropping the engine in the car.
I wondered about that. I am going to drop just the engine in this weekend to determine if my headers, R & P and harness/relay locations all play nice together so that should give me a better idea when I do the final install with the tranny attached.
 
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