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Unread 06-12-2011, 08:41 PM   #1
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Engine Lift Plates

Looking ahead to when I pull the 360 out of the waggy...

Every engine I have pulled in the past I have done with a chain with hooks placed under the motor mounts. Never had any problem doing it just does not come out / in level all the time. I was thinking about buying a lift plate from advanced, under $20 I think.

Has anyone ever ran in to problems using one?? I see them all over the place, in stores on tv, but somehow lifting the engine by the manifold and 4 bolts sounds like a bad idea. Again I have seen it done many many times just wondering if anyone has had any bad experiences using on. Stock manifold BTW.

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Unread 06-13-2011, 12:08 AM   #2
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I read an article in Hot Rod or Car Craft about them, how even in an aluminum intake the 4 bolts are large enough to handle an engine. I personally like to use a bolt in the front and rear of the opposite head with a chain attached to it. On 4 cyl engines i just find an attachment point and go with it. My 258, I'll have to lookto see how to attach to it - I'll let you know after this next week.

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Unread 06-13-2011, 05:16 AM   #3
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as long as the intake bolt are good no problem - I have used them a lot
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Unread 06-13-2011, 06:57 AM   #4
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I pulled a chevy motor with TBI and it only had 3 bolts. Easy to do. Built my own with scrap steel, drill press to bore out the holes, and presto motor outo.
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Unread 06-14-2011, 01:01 PM   #5
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On the AMC V8 I just use the outer most bolt hole in the front of the passenger side head and the outermost bolt hole in the back of the drivers side head. It seems to pull pretty even and I don't have to pull the carb. I do suggest using a high grade chain. I got a new one 6' long from home depot for less than $10. Its rated for a 2800# load. I have seen cheap/old ones break and ruin peoples day.
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Unread 06-14-2011, 01:52 PM   #6
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On the AMC V8 I just use the outer most bolt hole in the front of the passenger side head and the outermost bolt hole in the back of the drivers side head.
And use the " motor lift" that all the FLAPS have w/ the threaded jobber that centers the assy.
Just don't trust 4 5/16 bolts and if it came loose, $#!+load full of broken parts/bones.
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