On Feb 23 you wrote in response to my musings on what I went thru to get
the engine out of my car...At 12:01 AM 2/23/98 EST, you wrote:
....I got the front end WAY up in the air,then I realized
>the problem:garage roof clearance.The whole engine and trans comes out
>STRAIGHT UP-JUST LIKE A ROCKET!You need a 9 foot(or so) garage clearance to
>pull the engine and trans as a complete assembly(No kidding!)...
<< I don't understand what the problem is. My ceiling is 8'2" and I
a chain and bracket secured above the ceiling. This hangs down 10" from the
ceiling. I use a "come along", which when completely jacked up, puts the
hook 28" from the ceiling. I always pull my motors from the top. I first
Tiger up on jack stands so that the transmission tail piece is about a foot
from the floor to start. Once I get the tail piece out to the tunnel, then
the Tiger. The pulling chain should be placed so that the motor/transmission
is not completely out of balance so that the assy can be more or less level
as you roll the Tiger back to clear the motor/transmission.
I have two problems pulling from the top with a "come along".
The water pump snout hits the sheet metal above the radiator, which can
be solved with a bit of prying on the sheet metal. The second is that the
of the "come along" hits the ceiling when I first start lowering the motor.
JiM Barrett Tiger II 351C and others>>
Well Jim, I have pulled a few motors in my time too...its been a few years
since the last one.I have an average two car garage with the garage door that
rolls onto rails suspended from the rafters.I had rented a "cherry-picker"
hoist to do the lifting.I had the nose of the car facing out,garage door open
to give access to the hoist when I realized how much the garage door limited
lifting space.A come-along hoist would work nice if my rafters were beefy
enough to support 600 lbs or so.I only guessed that I would need 9 feet of
overhead space to do it in the manner described.That you mention that you have
over 8 foot of space means thay mine wasnt such a bad guess after all.
PS I see that you sign your e-mail w / TigerII 351C how did you ever find room
to put a Cleveland 351 style motor in one of these little cars w/o a lot of
cutting?How do you change your spark plugs?