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Unread 11-12-2012, 09:17 PM   #1
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81 CJ7 engine bracket

Hi all,

Here is the story: I was removing the oil pan to replace the gasket and could not remove the pan one all the bolts were removed. Upon further investigation, I found that one of the engine mount brackets (not the actual mount) was bent far enough to obstruct the oil pan being removed. My question: has this happened to anybody else? I am thinking that I need to replace the bracket but cannot find one fits the 4.2 V6. There are brackets available for the 8 cylinder AMC but not for the V6. Has anybody else had this experience and how have they solved the problem.

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Unread 11-12-2012, 10:31 PM   #2
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Do you mean the stock 4.2 Inline 6? The V6 kinda threw me. Any flaps or quadretec should have them for the I-6. You're not talking about the rail to rail, cross brace?
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Unread 11-12-2012, 11:29 PM   #3
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Oops, I was working on my truck today too...I meant I-6. The brackets bolt onto the motor on one side and to the motor mounts on the other.
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Unread 11-12-2012, 11:35 PM   #4
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They look similar to these but I can't find them for the I6.

http://www.quadratec.com/products/56003_0010.htm
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Sounds like your ONLY option is an engine swap to a 304/360/401. There simply is NO other way to correct this.
Or a J-yard.
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Unread 11-13-2012, 08:12 PM   #6
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Haha I like the way your thinking! I think I am going to remove the bracket and have one fabricated. Unless someone else has a better idea.
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OK, for the real answer, if your talking about the engine bracket on the right side, then yes, it is supposed to be shaped that way and yes, it is and will be in the way of removing the oil pan. Support the engine first and remove the entire mount. Its tricky to find a good spot that still allows the pan to come off. I think I used a shop crane on that side and only lifted it a fraction more than needed. Either way, use extreme caution as you will be working under the engine not supported by one mount and the crossbar.
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It is indeed on the passenger side. Thanks for the info! I do not have a crane though. I wonder if it possible without one, maybe a jack with a 2x4 supporting the right side of the motor?
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Send MoC a PM. He probably has some of those.
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It is indeed on the passenger side. Thanks for the info! I do not have a crane though. I wonder if it possible without one, maybe a jack with a 2x4 supporting the right side of the motor?
Just dont get your fingers between a rock and hard place so to say,,,,
Yes it can be done without a hoist/crane, be careful!
And yes the passenger side has to come off to get the oil pan off!
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