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Engine removal tips

Postby ___Scott___ » Sat May 21, 2016 3:43 pm

I have taken the engine out the top and now have taken it out the bottom and I have to say that you should not waste your time pulling it out the top. It is so much easier to just pull it out the bottom. If you don't already have something to roll the engine around on, Harbor Freight moving dollies work well: Image

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Another tip: You can see some light blue things hanging off the engine in the pic above. Those are used nitrile gloves that I have stretched the fingers over stuff that would otherwise leak. The engine removal process is a lot more pleasant when you don't have to wade around in a puddle of coolant or waste time wiping it up.
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Re: Engine removal tips

Postby mx6er2587 » Sat May 21, 2016 4:10 pm

my favorite trick for out the bottom is to leave the engine mounts bolted to the cross members and just install casters onto the cross members themselves. Boom. Instant engine dolly.
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Re: Engine removal tips

Postby ___Scott___ » Sat May 21, 2016 4:16 pm

That's a good idea too, one that I considered, but I already had the dollies and didn't have any casters that would conveniently bolt to the cross members.
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Re: Engine removal tips

Postby All-TracDreams » Sun May 22, 2016 1:48 am

mx6er2587 wrote:my favorite trick for out the bottom is to leave the engine mounts bolted to the cross members and just install casters onto the cross members themselves. Boom. Instant engine dolly.

Can you elaborate a little more on this? Where might we find said casters?
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Re: Engine removal tips

Postby FC Zach » Sun May 22, 2016 10:44 am

All-tracDreams wrote:Can you elaborate a little more on this? Where might we find said casters?


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When I needed to roll my transmission around for cleaning and didn't have another dolley, I stopped by Lowes and picked up some cheap castors just strong enough to hold the weight and installed them in the crossmember holes. With some larger castors, I imagine it could hold the weight of the engine too.
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Re: Engine removal tips

Postby alltracman78 » Sun May 22, 2016 11:49 am

With the engine/trans together you want castors that can support at LEAST 250 lbs EACH.
You might get away with less if you're quick and have a smooth floor.
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