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RE: Engine equalizer thingameebob

To: "'Dodd, Kelvin'" <>,
Subject: RE: Engine equalizer thingameebob
From: Perry Robinson <>
Date: Tue, 4 May 1999 16:23:38 -0500
I think that pretty much sums up the totality of the different means of how
to install and engine WITHOUT using the tools and/or technology that may or
may not be at your disposal.  I, as well as the next person, understand the
frustration of having to do a two or three man job single-handedly, but I
also know first hand that doing things this way is the best and quickest way
to either scratch that newly painted fender or firewall, pinch fingers and
rend flesh, very possibly get seriously hurt, and generally get madder than
Hell that I don't have the tools or "friends" to do the job RIGHT!

Get the tool, and get some help.  Bribery always works.  Buy the burgers and
the beer, and celebrate once that engine is in, without dropping it on that
new fender!!


Been there, done that!

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dodd, Kelvin []
> Sent: Tuesday, May 04, 1999 2:07 PM
> To:
> Subject:      Re:  Engine equalizer thingameebob
> Weeeeellll.
>       The last time I put in an MGB engine.  I picked up the engine
> assembly with one hand whilst installing the starter with the other.
> Since
> my harbor frt pivot had it's handles fall off, I'm now using a piece of
> clothes line tied to a cat.  As I heave the engine over the front valence.
> (I've made the front shroud removable with Dzus fasteners) I kick the cat
> which puts enough strain on the clothes line to pivot the engine up and
> over.  Since the transmission then tends to smash the cat in the head, I
> can
> then kick the still warm body under the front wheels to stop the car from
> rolling backwards.  Meanwhile to the strains of Frank Zappa in the
> background, I light the det cord with the cigar that I always have clamped
> between my teeth.  The det cord acts to weld the diveshaft to the trans,
> thus reducing the likelyhood of driveline vibration.
>       Sit down, pop a Bud and bend some more baking pans.
> Kelvin.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Tim Nagy []
> > Sent: Tuesday, May 04, 1999 11:50 AM
> > To:
> > Subject: Re: Engine equalizer thingameebob
> > 
> > 
> > I tied a piece of clothes line to the tail on the tranny, put 
> > it through
> > the shifter hole.  I pull like a beast!
> > 
> > Last time I did it, I had a stationary frame with a chain hoist.  A
> > brick behind the front tire.
> > 
> > Cranked up the motor, pushed the car up ander the motor, as I dropped
> > the motor in, I'd pull the rope to keep the tranny tail centered, pull
> > the car by the wheel well, using my foot as a block until I could kick
> > the brick back under the wheel.  Quite a site!
> > 
> > Soon as I got ready to start bolting things down, my brother shows up
> > asking if I needed any help!!!
> > 
> > Tim
> > 

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