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Old 11-17-2009, 01:13 PM
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Lifting engine

Quick question... I need to lift an engine (SBC) from the floor onto an engine stand and was wondering if I could wrap one of the chains around the crank nose (damper is still on) without causing any damage to the crank, etc? The other chain will be wrapped around the engine stand mounting plate which I've bolted to the bellhousing mounting points.

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Lifting engine.....

NO,NO,NO,make 2 brackets, bolt one to the holes for the bellhousing,and the other to a threaded bolt hole in the opposite side cylinder head..then use a chain with hooks.
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NO,NO,NO,make 2 brackets, bolt one to the holes for the bellhousing,and the other to a threaded bolt hole in the opposite side cylinder head..then use a chain with hooks.
Ok. The engine has been sitting on the floor and it's been resting on the oil pan, crank damper. I hope that hasn't done anything to the crank(?)
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Simply bolt the chain to some of the accessory bolt holes in the heads. This is not that difficult.
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Quick question... I need to lift an engine (SBC) from the floor onto an engine stand and was wondering if I could wrap one of the chains around the crank nose (damper is still on) without causing any damage to the crank, etc? The other chain will be wrapped around the engine stand mounting plate which I've bolted to the bellhousing mounting points.
The factory hoists them around from lifting rings on the intake manifold's left front and right rear mounting bolts. The rings pick up pairs of bolts. Another choice would be to use the accessory bolt holes on the ends of the heads.

Watch out for things that can be crushed like the valve covers, carb, and distributor.

If the heads are off, use a combination of head bolts that saddle the engine like the factory lift does, that keeps it upright and stable.

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Thanks for the replies.

Can someone put my mind at rest that, given the engine has been sitting directly on the floor resting on the oil pan at the back and the crank balancer at the front, no damage would've been done to the crank?
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Thanks for the replies.

Can someone put my mind at rest that, given the engine has been sitting directly on the floor resting on the oil pan at the back and the crank balancer at the front, no damage would've been done to the crank?
Probably not, but it isn't the best of form to do that. On the pan's sump with a block of wood under the front of the pan would be better as insurance against a bending load on the front of the crank.

I still wouldn't lift an engine by the crank snout, that's a lot more force even when in a saddle of chain to the rear than it saw sitting on the floor. But then I've seen all sorts of crazy ways of lifting engines at wrecking years so who knows maybe were just too cautious.

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Probably not, but it isn't the best of form to do that. On the pan's sump with a block of wood under the front of the pan would be better as insurance against a bending load on the front of the crank.

I still wouldn't lift an engine by the crank snout, that's a lot more force even when in a saddle of chain to the rear than it saw sitting on the floor. But then I've seen all sorts of crazy ways of lifting engines at wrecking years so who knows maybe were just too cautious.

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shouldn't have done any kind of damage unless you dropped it there from say 4 or 5 feet.
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