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Old 11-17-2011, 11:03 AM
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lifting bbc with aluminum heads?

I was wondering what would be the safest way to lift my bbc into the car. Because of the aluminum intake and heads. I have always had cast iron heads, so Ive never been concerned. I would like to do it with the trans bolted to the motor. Is it safer to do it seperate? I have a load leveler, but there wont be any point in using it if the trans is put in seperate. I figured if I can do it together maybe use a lift plate were the car bolts. Any suggestions?

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Hello, when I put 454 in my elcamino I wanted to put it in with trans bolted on but the closer I got to the day I decided to put them in seperate; I was concerned about how high I would have to lift to clear core support and grill (tail hanging). It went pretty smooth, dropping trans in through the top first and supporting it with trans jack and then dropping engine after and then mating the two. Personally those lift plates on aluminum intake always scared me. I prefer to bolt chain to at least two accessory holes front and back of the head, but I never lifted motor with aluminum heads. Maybe that changes things. One thing I am certain; heads are more securely clamped on than intake would be. You may need to leave valve covers off lifting motor this way to prevent possible damage to them. Use load leveler anyway its easier to adjust angle for mating trans.
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Hello, when I put 454 in my elcamino I wanted to put it in with trans bolted on but the closer I got to the day I decided to put them in seperate; I was concerned about how high I would have to lift to clear core support and grill (tail hanging). It went pretty smooth, dropping trans in through the top first and supporting it with trans jack and then dropping engine after and then mating the two. Personally those lift plates on aluminum intake always scared me. I prefer to bolt chain to at least two accessory holes front and back of the head, but I never lifted motor with aluminum heads. Maybe that changes things. One thing I am certain; heads are more securely clamped on than intake would be. You may need to leave valve covers off lifting motor this way to prevent possible damage to them. Use load leveler anyway its easier to adjust angle for mating trans.
The Motor and trans clear the core support fine. I only know this because I pulled the other motor out with the trans connected, but I wasn't sure if I bolted the leveler to the heads if the aluminum heads would be strong enough to hold that extra weight. It may take a little more time, but I'll probably do what you did and just put the trans in first. Motor is expensive. I surley don't want to take any chances!
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I've lifted sever motor/trans combos with aluminum heads just fine. Just be sure that you get as many threads as you can in on the bolts. Use grade 5 bolts, not grade 8. Grade 5 will bend under excess weight, grade 8 will just snap. Bolt it evenly from 4 locations, and make sure no single chain is doing the majority of the lifting.
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