Here is my solution, which may or may not work for you.
I got a one ton hoist, and 4 feet of suitably rated chain. I
wrapped the chain around the main joist (4x8") in my garage, and place
the hoist on it, then use the hoist to pull the engine and transmission.
It all fits in a box about the size of two shoe boxes when I don't need
Not only is this half the cost of a crane type engine hoist, the
storage requirements are minimal, and setup is easier than a folding
crane that has heavy steel legs, etc that must be disconnected for
This pre-supposes of course that you have a garage with a
suitable joist. While usage is less convenient than a traditional engine
hoist (you must push the car under the hoist, instead of bringing the
hoist to the car, for example) the storage requirements were my biggest
issue, hence my willingness to do things in a less convenient manner.
From: owner-6pack@Autox.Team.Net [mailto:owner-6pack@Autox.Team.Net] On
Behalf Of Foster, Stan
Sent: November 26, 2007 9:18 AM
Subject: [6pack] Recommendation for a folding engine crane ?
I wonder if anyone has a recommendation for a folding engine crane for
$150 or less that is known to be capable of removing a TR6 engine and
with OD. I have no practical limit wrt headroom but I do have space
I checked with Taylor rental and they want $50 a day to rent a crane
will probably need four times (removal, loading for transportation,
installation) so in the end it will be more convenient and no more
to buy one as long as it collapses pretty good for storage.
The main issue seems to be boom length to reach to a point above the
engine lifting eye.