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Old 10-29-2003, 07:15 PM
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Engine lift Plate

I need to pull the 350 out of my chevelle, and then hopefully drop my 406 in this spring, I have always just run a chain from the front of one head and to the back of the other head for pulling motors, kinda clumsy.

Are the engine lift plates that you can buy from outlets like Jegs any good???

And are they safe??? seems kinda scary to bolt up to an aluminum intake to lift a complete motor.

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I've always been a bit leery of them, especially with aluminum. Never heard any horror stories, but I just don't trust those little aluminum threads with a 500lb chunk of expensive motor. I use a leveler, which adjusts the angle of the load with a crank, and attaches to the front & rear of both heads.
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I agree with jimfulco, I do not trust them either. I will tell you this, when I worked as a mechanic, both the Chevy dealership and the Ford dealership would not let us use them. I to have heard horror stories, but have not seen any for myself. I just feel a lot more at ease when the engine is supended by a suitable chain while I am in the engine compartment trying to stab an engine. I'm sure there will be a number of replies about how they have never had a problem with them though.

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somebody asked that question on one of the saturday car shows either trucks or horsepwer tv and as i remeber as long as you have the bolt in twice as long as it is thick 1/2 for a 1/4" bolt the support was enough to hold like 3 times as much as a small block weighs or something like that never used one but thought about making one.
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Thanks for the info. I think I will hang it from a chain, I don't want to risk it.

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Thanks for the info. I think I will hang it from a chain, I don't want to risk it.

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Good move.

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Old 10-31-2003, 10:10 PM
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I started with the simple chain. It always worked but you have to guess at where the balance point is. I used a lift plate once with a cast iron intake. I definitely would not use it on my Vortec style aluminum with only 8 bolts.
I agree with the above. The leveler works good, but I've had to be creative at times because mines got brackets on the ends of the chain that can interfere with the firewall.
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i bought one of those levelers that was referred to above at the local import tool place for $14 including 2 pieces of chain. i managed to get a 350 with a turbo 350 hooked to it in my s-10 working alone, without scratching the firewall or radiator support with it. made it so much easier. those intake things are good to keep things out of the intake when storing or installing but i don't trust them either.
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