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Re: Re[2]: Engine Hoist

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Subject: Re: Re[2]: Engine Hoist
From: "Patrick P. Castronovo" <>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2001 11:54:03 -0800
An engine stand is only good for doing complete overhauls, when you need to
turn the motor over continuiously.  For changing the clutch, I just lower
the hoist to allow the engine and transmission to sit on the ground then
unbolt them to seperate them, then rehoist the engine alone to put it on a
table to change the clutch.  And when you change the clutch, take the
Flywheel to a machine shop to let them reface it.  If you take the Clutch
Pressure Plate along, have them balance them together.  It may stop the
Exhaust Pipe from rattling against the frame.  It is just as important as
having your Brake Rotors cut.  And another extremely important item is the
Pilot bearing, that is inside the Flywheel.  It is usually a bronze bearing,
but in my Son's Mustang it is a ball bearing.  if it is dry, change it.  If
it still has grease in/on it, maybe you can get away with just putting
grease in it.  Pat

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To: Roadster list <>; Annette
Date: Thursday, March 29, 2001 10:31 AM
Subject: Re[2]: Engine Hoist

>Good decision, safety first! I wouldn't trust apartment complex
>construction. I grew up in a 19th century victorian house, the ceiling
>beams were massive (extremely thick and long). As home-building progressed
>into the 20th century, beams got thinner and thinner. My current home is 50
>years old and the beams are much thicker than what goes into new
>By the way, Stephan's recommendation of a foldable-takeapartable kind
>sounds like the best choice of hydraulic hoists, I'll probably look for one
>myself. And get an engine leveler.
>An upright engine stand on wheels is a must, if you're tearing down the
>and rebuilding it. If all you're doing is replacing a clutch, the stand is
>useless. Better to have a dolly to lower the engine onto it, so you can
>the flywheel area. (Get a stand and a dolly.) Most engine stands mount at
>rear of the engine where the tranny bellhousing bolts up, so you wouldn't
>able to access the flywheel area (and the clutch has to come off anyway to
>the engine). Maybe the experts on the list can recommend a workbench
>stand that has access at the back of the engine? Anyhow, the portable
>stands on wheels is what I have, and it's great for rotating the engine
>down to access the crank area, etc.
>Fred - So.SF
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>Subject: Re: Engine Hoist
>Author:  "Annette" <>
>Date:    3/29/2001 8:47 AM
>Unfortunately I do NOT trust the beams overhead in my garage to hold much
>weight.  We live in an apartment complex and I am not overly impressed with
>the construction quality thus far.
>I don't know that renting a hoist is really an option for me, or at least
>not a viable one.  My other car is a Miata, not really good for towing
>anything back from the rental shop, which means that everytime I needed to
>pick up or return the equipment I would have the added cost of a rental
>truck or delivery.
>I think I will purchase a hoist, there is a Harbor Freight near me.  I can
>use it for the year or so I expect to need it and then if I decide not to
>start another project (I'm planning to move to Spain in two years so might
>not have enough time for another project) I can always sell it.
>So just to be clear, in addition to the hoist I also need an engine stand
>and an engine level, is that correct?

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