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Old 04-12-2005, 09:30 AM
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Best way to pull an engine from a full size GM van?

Wow...what a tight looking spot. I'm assuming the engine has to come out the front instead of through the door? any tricks to make this easier? The van is the '70-96 bodystyle.
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Old 04-12-2005, 09:34 AM
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My son-in-law pulled one from an '89 van. He said they had to remove A LOT of the front end, but were able to get a cherrypicker in there.
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Old 04-12-2005, 10:05 AM
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i took one out thru the side door. but understand the front is the way to go. i couldnt figure out how to get it off tho.
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Old 04-12-2005, 10:17 AM
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If you have a lift out the bottom is the easy way. Unbolt the engine crossmember and lift the body off.( This is how we do it at the salvage yard when you dont have to put it back together)
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Old 04-12-2005, 07:32 PM
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Thanks guys.....It will be in my driveway....so its the cherry picker route
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Old 04-12-2005, 07:55 PM
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The grill, rad crossmember and rad etc has to come out. If you jack the front end up about a foot or so, it makes the cherry picker easier to get in under the dash.
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As above, right out the front.

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ive done it out the front its a tight one take off the hood grill rad a/c condenser all the acc. including the carb and dist I also took off the motor mounts, cups and towers get one of those mounts that mounts to the intake where the carb goes and make the chain as short as possible if you can loosen up the crossmember
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Old 04-15-2005, 06:33 AM
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Thanks again for the tips guys.
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Old 04-16-2005, 07:04 AM
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I helped my bud pull one out the passenger side door with a picker..but it looks like it can be done allot of different ways.His is a 81 chevy vandura
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Out the front is the way to go.Iv'e even pulled the intake and heads to give me more room so it was easier to pull though the firewall.
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Yes, out the front and it is tight.
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obviusly you want to put one back in right?/
cause the easiest way is through the roof ( man i miss workin in the bone yard ) yes i will admit ive killed more cars and trucks than ive fixed there is a deep satifaction in crushing a yugo ... k cars go really flat ah hh hh sorry i digress

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Yep! Out of the front. I took off near everything that was up there. Took me most of a week. But then that was the first engine I ever pulled. (with help)
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