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Old 06-19-2005, 01:15 PM
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Is this safe?

Is it safe to lift a complete engine with a lifting plate bolted to the manifold in place of the carb if the manifold is aluminum? The sbc has a cast iron block and heads.
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It has been done before...

Can you not lift it from the heads? useing a chain, bolt and washers?

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aluminum is strong as if not stronger than steel if you are uncomfortable with that way go from clyd heads

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if the bolts are tight you could swing from the thing. man.
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carb plate

I lift my motors that way but I take 2 precautions.
I use studs instead of bolts because they screw in further.
I use grade 8 exhaust manifold studs and nuts for their strength.
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I have done it before with an iron manifold but I just wanted to be sure aluminum would hold and I guess, form what has been said, it will. Lifting from the heads? Where would you hook the chain? I want to be sure I don't mess up the paint job on the engine.

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I've pulled threads before doing this on a sbc with aluminum heads, but then, I can ruin anything.
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Chain goes cross corners. The way I do it is have one bolt into the back pass. side of the pass. side head and the other into the drivers side front. You use a bolt with a wide washer and snug it up with the chain.

The bolts go in the holes drilled in the end of the heads for acc. and so on. The cross corners works well and keeps the engine even. I just do this because I don't have the plate for the manifold.

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I wouldn't do it with an air-gap type manifold.A friend of mine has acracked air-gap he claims was caused by lifting with a carb plate
I much prefer the cross chain method-bolts are under shear load instead of tension,and bolts are a larger size.
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