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Old 04-09-2010, 11:51 PM
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ideas how to load up 400 sbc onto my flatbed s-10 by myself

i need to get a complete 400 sbc engine from the ground in a shed out in the country, onto my flatbed, so i can bring it to town here and start assessing what it needs done to make it run again

i have a heavy come along and some 2x8 ramps and some chains and whatever.,.,

i have a little s-10 2wd flat bed truck the bed is pretty low on it

i have no options as far as anyone to help me, or any lifting device, etc.

i need to do this really soon..... like tomorrow preferably.......

any tips?



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Old 04-10-2010, 05:23 AM
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Old 04-10-2010, 10:21 AM
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Get the engine into a small tire, 14 inch, maybe 13 inch, setting in the tire upright. set the ramps fairly close together and use the come along to slide the tire up the ramps.
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Old 04-10-2010, 11:05 AM
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I like Dinger's idea. To make the "slide" a little easier, you might bring along 4-5 same diameter pieces of wood dowel or metal pipe (it can even be 1" black plumbing pipe or PVC for that matter.) As you start the tire up the plank(s), slip a pipe or two under the front lip of the tire and as you pull the tire up with the come-a-long, keep putting pieces of pipe under the front lip. As the tire moves up the ramp remove the pipe that the tire has gone over and rotate it back up to the front of the tire.

Slow process....but leverage, inclined planes, and "rollers" are your friends in this instance. Biggest problem you'll have might be keeping the engine upright. So if I were you I'd bring a couple of tires and if necessary, just let the engine tip onto one side or the other over a second tire...and then put rollers under both tires. The other problem might be where you will fasten the come-a-long. Most pickups usually have a hook or tab on each front corner of the bed (on the inside). Pehaps a chair from one side to the other and then hook your come-a-long in the center of the chair.

This is would be a great physics question for some high school test.
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Maybe take a piece of thick wood, put it on a floor jack. get as much of the engine on it and try to jack it up. maybe put a chain around it and chain it to the end of the bed. maybe not the best way, but im a slow thinker
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Or make a tri pod with the wood,lift the motor up and drive the truck under the motor....
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