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Old 06-20-2004, 08:53 PM
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i was wondering if anyone had any ideas about how to lift an engine, i have no cherry picker, but i do have a tractor, although i do not feel safe working on an engine hanging from a tractor because there is a chance of a hydralic hose breaking. I thought maybe someone had an experience with this before?

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No cherry picker.... No problem.... 5 friends and a case of beer. Let me know when, I'll be right over....


How big is the engine? What's it in? I grew up on a farm and pulled the engine out of my '80 Monte with a 3 point engine hoist my dad made. The tractor had the power, but the lift bent a little. Kinda scary.

A buddy always uses the forklift at his job. 60 inch tines reach quite a ways. Once again, kinda scary...

Maybe i'm getting too old to be unsafe. Try renting a cherry picker.
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lol great idea

The engine is a chevy 305, i need to lift it into my car. i just might make something on our 3-point to use, thats a great idea. Although i do really like the 5 friends and beer idea, i dont think it would be safe to work on while my 4 intoxicated friends held it up for me
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I use a chain hoist like this http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...itemnumber=996 hung from a wooden framework that the car is pushed under.

Framework is somewhat like a swingset, but made of 4x4x8' vertical posts, set on 4x4x8' horizontal pieces (notched for uprights). A crossbeam of 2 2x8x10' #1 yellow pine (clear grade is better if you can get it) running parallel on edge with 1/2" plywood in between goes on top of the uprights, attached by short lengths of 2x4 at the ends. It's triangulated with 2x4's (both sides of the 4x4's) with 4x4 blocking in the long stretches. Top corners & related triangulations are held together with bolts, & everything else is screwed together. All wood is pressure treated so the termites & fungus won't eat it, and bolts & screws are either plated or galvanized.

A friend of mine used to use an old (so old it was made out of iron pipe) swing set & a good-quality come-along, but I don't know just how safe that would be.

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Old 06-21-2004, 07:00 PM
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You can buy a cherrypicker at Advance autoparts that folds up nicely and works very well for about $300 bucks, I have one and have no problem with big blocks.
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If you can't afford to buy a cherry picker, rent one. You will be glad you did.
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I don't know if there is a farm supply place called Tractor Supply Company up north but I bought my 2 ton foldable engine hoist for $147.00 plus tax from them. Has a 5 ton ram that I wasn't to thrilled with at first but it has worked fine and have done several engines with it and does go up a little faster with less pumps then the usuall 8 ton ram that comes with most. Thought it was a real good deal. Later
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My first engine swap was done using a tree and come along. Come to think of it, I did quite a few that way when I was starting out. It was easier than using the plywood under the cherry picker in the dirt thing. Nothing unsafe about it if you practice safety and common sense. A chain hoist is the best bet if you go the A-frame, tripod, tree, etc. way.
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I have pulled many engines from bobcats trees garage rafters. if you use the tractor just put a couple pieces of pipe under the bucket so it can't move. otherwise they tilt forward slowly.
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I've pulled engines with everything mentioned so far over the years. The only one that fell was when a chain slipped off the end off a forklift stub. A Chrysler 360 fell 3 feet to the floor. Didn't hurt the engine at all, but everybody in the building came running to see what the huge crash was that shook the whole shop.
Not so long ago I scored a cheap engine from a farmer and had to pull it literally "in the field". You guessed it, he had a tractor with a leaky 3 point arrangement. It was so bad that it sank about as fast as he pulled it back up. It worked out fine though it was annoying.
When you work with less than trustworthy stuff like this you need to keep in mind constantly that if anything gives, that engine will fall faster than you can get body parts out of the way.
Use pieces of 2x4's or whatever to help give you an extra safety margin when you HAVE to get a hand or arm under it under it. When the engine is "swinging" just flat stay away from it.
I've been the proud owner of a well-used $199 Advance Auto folding hoist for a few years now. Never a problem with it, but I still take great care not to get under the engine when the hoist is the only thing supporting it. If that old Dodge V8 had fallen on my foot that day, I don't believe I would have a foot today.
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Engine tilter

use a engine tilter also it will make life alot easier there sold at auto discouint stires all over i think or rent one with a cherry picker good luck think safety ..always
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Re: engine lifts

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You can buy a cherrypicker at Advance autoparts that folds up nicely and works very well for about $300 bucks, I have one and have no problem with big blocks.
Pep Boys has a nice folding unit for 120.00.
I bought the same one from HF, it works great, and is out of the way when folded.
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Old 07-14-2004, 11:17 AM
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rental place around the corner from my house rents the whole shabang for $35. It breaks down into 5 pieces so you could fit it in a car if you had to. The place is closed on sundays...rent on a saturday and you get the picker for 2 days for the price of 1.
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I cut down a few trees from the woods behind my buddies house. Built two A Frames with a long log attached to the top of both A Frames. I got my idea from looking at a swing set. Then I put a block and tackle on it and lifted a Ford 6 out of a Farelane. Put a HO 289 back into the Farelane using same setup with the hoist. Worked very well.

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Chain hoists are your friends, much better then a cherry picker and most of the time cheaper.
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