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Re: Engine equalizer thingameebob

To: "Dodd, Kelvin" <>, "MG List" <>
Subject: Re: Engine equalizer thingameebob
From: Max Heim <>
Date: Tue, 4 May 1999 12:40:53 -0700
Yeah, in the 3 (?) times I had the motor out, I've always just slung the 
chain at what seemed a reasonable angle, and let my hefty assistant lean 
on the tranny if needed for adjustment. I appreciate the advice about 
raising the rear of the car that has been posted recently; I always 
raised the front (for access underneath). This makes the required angle 
steeper and may exceed the total lift of the hoist.

But then, I'd never heard of these adjustable tilt devices, either. had this to say:

>Hi all,
>Maybe I'm just cheap (okay, I am) but I've never felt the need for one of 
>and I always install engines single-handed.  
>With the rear end of the car up on ramps, and the engine hanging from a chain
>attached to two sacrificial head studs with the two sides of the chain of 
>length, the engine and trans are at just the right angle to slide into the 
>without tilting.  The only tricky part is the point where the trans needs 
>to go
>over the crossmember while the engine is trying to take the paint off of the
>firewall.  For this, I put a scissors jack sideways under the trans and 
>jack it
>up enough to clear the crossmember.  Then, with a mighty heave on the engine
>hoist, the trans goes over the crossmember and the scissors jack falls over.
>I devised this method when I got tired of assorted males whining about 
>grease on their hands from having to push on the engine hoist while I'm under
>the car struggling with the tranny.
>Denise Thorpe
>No bakeware was damaged in the typing of this message.
>Perry Robinson wrote:
>> Got a new Northern Equipment catalog yesterday.  They have what looks like a
>> very nice one for $22.00!  And to those who have poo-pooed these things,
>> don't knock 'em til you try them.  A person can put an engine in single
>> handed, the first time, with one of these engine tilters-no more lift, try,
>> lower, adjust, raise, try again, type effort.
>> Perry


Max Heim
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
Runs great, 
looks particularly bad since some SUV clown backed into it.
If you're near Mountain View, CA,
it's the red one with the silver bootlid.

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