When I use the rocker cover studs I leave the valve cover on. That takes
care of any side forces you incounter. Make the hole in your lifting plate
the size of the valve cover nut and just take the big washer off and use the
nut through the plate snugged down.
> Instead of lifting by the rocker cover studs, which subjects them to
> bending in a direction for which they weren't intended, I've had good
> success with using a nylon strap (a motorcycle tie-down strap,
> actually), tied around the rocker shaft, forward & aft, as a sling.
> This applies lift on parts which are much better able to withstand it,
> in the direction from which these parts handle lots of force every time
> the engine is running. Also, the nylon webbing is extremely gentle with
> the springs, between rocker arms, and won't damage a thing.
> Also, I made up an adapter, for mounting the engine on the stand, which
> bolts into the two holes for the rear generator/alternator mounting
> bracket. This way, if you need to remove the rear plate from the
> engine; you have free access to it, and can strip the engine to the bare
> block without needing to re-mount it on the stand.
Support Team.Net http://www.team.net/donate.html