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      You can rent a cherry picker for $35 a day from Advance Auto. Or buy one from Harbor Freight for $139:

      http://www.harborfreight.com/Shop-Crane-1-Ton-Capacity-Foldable-69512.html?ccdenc=eyJjb2RlIjoiNTcxMjgwNDgiLCJza3UiOiI2OTUxMiIsImlzIjoiMTM5Ljk5IiwicHJvZHVjdF9p%0D%0AZCI6IjkwNzMifQ%3D%3D%0D%0A

      This will be so, so much easier for you. Unbolt the block from the motor mounts, unbolt the trans from the trans mount/K member, and unbolt the front and rear driveshafts. This is, of course, after you hook up the cherry picker to your block and remove the front bumper, radiator, and reposition/remove your AC condenser. You're probably only 2 hours away from having it out. Even less if you leave the transmission and transfer case in the Jeep.

      But if you're still set on not doing that... You do not need to support the rear of the trans as the trans mount does that, as the engine supports the front of the trans. The bolts go into the back of the engine (so the heads are facing the rear of the vehicle) so you'd have to face the front of the Jeep when removing or loosening the trans bolts in the bell housing. You do not need to support the engine as long as the motor mounts were not removed. Good luck.
       
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      Thank you so much for your advice. I think I should go ahead and pull the engine out, will get the equipment from Harbor Freight ... Will update here :)

      Before doing that though, i will double check again today after work, to see how difficult it is to do it inside the Jeep... I do software coding for living...only get chance to work on my jeep after work or in weekend...

      One more question:

      Do i really have to remove radiator and front bumper to pull engine out? I see a lot space (about 1 ft) between engine block and radiator, since i have the fan and timing chain cover/system all removed... I don't know how much i will need to pull the engine block forward before upward? :)
      :tea:

      PS: I assume i also need an engine stand to hold the engine for repairing, do i need a 1000lb stand or a 2000lb stand? Thanks so much!

      You can rent a cherry picker for $35 a day from Advance Auto. Or buy one from Harbor Freight for $139:

      http://www.harborfreight.com/Shop-Crane-1-Ton-Capacity-Foldable-69512.html?ccdenc=eyJjb2RlIjoiNTcxMjgwNDgiLCJza3UiOiI2OTUxMiIsImlzIjoiMTM5Ljk5IiwicHJvZHVjdF9p%0D%0AZCI6IjkwNzMifQ%3D%3D%0D%0A

      This will be so, so much easier for you. Unbolt the block from the motor mounts, unbolt the trans from the trans mount/K member, and unbolt the front and rear driveshafts. This is, of course, after you hook up the cherry picker to your block and remove the front bumper, radiator, and reposition/remove your AC condenser. You're probably only 2 hours away from having it out. Even less if you leave the transmission and transfer case in the Jeep.

      But if you're still set on not doing that... You do not need to support the rear of the trans as the trans mount does that, as the engine supports the front of the trans. The bolts go into the back of the engine (so the heads are facing the rear of the vehicle) so you'd have to face the front of the Jeep when removing or loosening the trans bolts in the bell housing. You do not need to support the engine as long as the motor mounts were not removed. Good luck.
       
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      Out with the old

      I started the engine removal at around 10 on friday by detaching all the wires and vacuum lines and anything else that was attached to the motor.

      Three Tips That Will Save You Headache:
      1. TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES!!!

      2. Buy a butt ton (little more than a metric ton) of different size plastic ziploc bags for bolts and misc. items.

      3. Use PB Blaster on every single bolt/nut/fastener that may or may not need to come out a minimum of one night before disassembly.

      The next morning began by detaching the power steering bracket and whatever I missed the night before. So the next thing we did was supported the engine with an engine hoist.

      PROBLEM #1:

      We used this engine hoist:
      http://www.harborfreight.com/1-ton-capacity-foldable-shop-crane-69512.html

      It wasn't until we got all set up ready to pull the motor until we realized the engine hoist arm was too short to reach the center of the engine from straight in front of the jeep due to the foot or so of frame that sticks out in front of the grille.

      SOLUTION #1:

      We took the bumper off, turned the wheels all the way to the left, and came in from an angle between the wheel and the frame. Not the optimum way of doing it, but it worked.

      PROBLEM #2:

      When pulling an engine, the two main connecting points are the engine mounts and the transmission bellhousing.. there are three bolts on the top of the bellhousing that are impossible to see or touch.

      SOLUTION #2:

      First, we had to put a bottle jack under the transfer case cross-member, and pull the 6 long bolts and rubber spacers that mount it to the frame. Then, we put another bottle jack under the front lip of the bellhousing. Using the bottle jacks to slowly lower the transmission, you can easily get to the top bolts using two 10" extensions on your ratchet/impact driver. By the way, you will be covered in grease and oil when you reach above the transmission.

      I wanted to have the motor pulled by 10am in order to get the new motor inside the tent before the rain, but it was more like 1pm by the time we got it pulled due to these difficulties... Luckily the rain went just north of us.
       

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      Never pulled an engine before and need some guidance. I'm looking at the 1-ton shop crane from HF: http://www.harborfreight.com/1-ton-capacity-foldable-shop-crane-61858.html

      I know it can handle the weight, but the specs say the boom only has a range of 69-5/8 in. to 82 in. Is 12 inches of travel enough to get the engine out? Also, how do I get the engine on the ground (pallet) once I have it out?

      Looking at the specs of the 2-ton crane, it's only got 4 inches more travel.

      I know people do this stuff all the time, but I can't seem to visualize the process. I've been searching youtube, but not having much luck.

      Thanks!
       
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