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Old 02-21-2004, 08:10 PM
 
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motor won't come out..

after tearing apart my small block chev 350 in my 1979 chevy pick up 4x4 i tried pulling it out tonight.. but its hung up on somthing?? i took out the motor mounts bolt.. all bell housing bolts.. unhook the clutch linkage (4 spd) all wires are off.. headers off.. carb.. starter.. i janked the trany up a bit to make it move of a even pull to clear the motor mounts.. but still the motor gets about 2 inchs away from the bell housing and thats it.. i pulled the cherry picker.. tried prying the motor and bell housing apart.. shock the motor side 2 side while pulling.... i think i tried almost everything.. the trany was in gear.. thought that was it.. so put her in neutral.. still nothin.. i even turned the motor over a inch bye the harmonic balancer to try to break loose wutevers holding it down.. em i missing somthin here?? i had a big block in this motor a couple years ago.. came out no problems at all compared to this stupid thing... does any one have any idea wut could be the hold up?? thanx

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I had that problem once, turned out hte oil filter was in the way.
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Is this an auto or a manual trans? Also look for a ground strap attached to the rear of one of the heads, a fuel hose to the fuel pump. Torque converter bolts still in.
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Did you unbolt the converter from the flywheel/flexplate?
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Did you unbolt the converter from the flywheel/flexplate?
He said it was a manual
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Good point.
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I also managed to bend the flywheel while pulling an engine cause it got stuck in the bell housing. Just some useless info.

I need another flywheel BTW, anybody know of any cheap ones?
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Old 02-22-2004, 12:09 AM
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The ones it Summit are pretty cheap.
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You didn't mention taking off the starter which could be hitting the frame. Also, I always pull a manual trans before removing the engine - the trans input shaft is fairly long and delicate. It could easily jam against the splines on the clutch disk as the engine moves up before moving forward.
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pull the starter, oil filter, distributor, Carb linkage, radiator, alternator, power steering pump, ground straps, headers exhaust manifolds, oh ya and the transmission make your brake lines arenít going over your engine mounts and holding it down also check to see if your master cylinder is hitting on something, And you bent your flywheel dang man what are you pulling it with a crane??
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You don't bend fly wheels, only flex plates. At this point, it may become easier to remove the 4 speed, which should let the rear of your motor move up and then you should be able to get the two usuasl suspects of starter and oil filter to let it move forward and up and out. Even though I have removed/installed motors by my self, with and without the tranny installed, it is so much easier to have a partner under the vehicle to spot the impediments to a clean pull installation.

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Surely, you can see what is holding the motor from coming out. A Chevy pickup has enough room for you to crawl right in there beside the motor.

If its a standard, I would remove the engine/bellhousing/ trans all together. You are going to want to put it back in ,in one piece. A lot less hassle.
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Man alive at this point I would just leave the motor in and dissassemble the whole complete car,!!!!!!!
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Easy does it. My engine was "stuck" and it turns out that the trans detent cable was still attached. had to buy a new one.
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This is kinda tough to explain but one of the issues I had when removing a chevy engine is that it needs to be pulled straight away from the tranny. Otherwise the tranny shaft gets stuck in there. They need to be along the same angle when you try to separate them. So I would try lowering the rear of the engine more or raising the front of the tranny more (the latter seems to do better). It needs to be pulled off in a straight line or else it gets stuck. This is even more of an issue when putting them back together (and don't get your fingers caught between the bellhousing and block when it finally goes that last inch) but hopefully this makes sense and will help ya out.
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