Pulling Engine

Discussion in 'Wrenchin' Secrets' started by '72 Skylark Custom 4bbl, Aug 10, 2019.

  1. Brandon Cocola

    Brandon Cocola Well-Known Member

    I have always taken the hood off, it will be the least convenient when you are against the hood and need to go up more. I think I was using a leveler once and was going to hit the 8' ceiling and still needed to go up. I prefer just a chain to the engine and some times a ratchet strap to any where I want to pull or level. A lift plate would be ok but I don't have one and lately I haven't been able to find stuff I know I have and when I clean out an area I am finding other stuff that I could have used the day before.
     
  2. BUICKRAT

    BUICKRAT Torque Rules!

    No problem leaving the trans in the car, but you will need a separate jack and wood block to hold it in position when you remove/install the engine.
     
  3. Marv Marksberry

    Marv Marksberry Well-Known Member

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    I find it just as easy to pull the front bumper, grill and radiator core support. This way, the motor and transmission sets out together and I don’t have to lift everything so high. As this is a 4-speed with a hydraulic clutch, I can reinstall my m22 to the 455 and set it all back in.
     
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  4. 436'd Skylark

    436'd Skylark Sweet Fancy Moses!!!!!

    There's a million ways to skin a cat.
     
  5. Mark Demko

    Mark Demko Well-Known Member

    Remember to remove the three convertor bolts too.
     
  6. Lucy Fair

    Lucy Fair Nailheadlova

    I tried that in my 66 riviera and i just can't remove front without removing at least one fender. Witch leads to hood removal anyway...
     
  7. TrunkMonkey

    TrunkMonkey Well-Known Member

  8. 69GS&M21

    69GS&M21 Silver Level contributor


    That's the "redneck repair" method!

    Additional caution: When it's time to put engine into engine compartment, be careful around your heater core--don't let the engine swing into the firewall and hit the core.

    Ask me how I know that's important.
     
  9. TrunkMonkey

    TrunkMonkey Well-Known Member

    "Was running when pulled..." :D
     
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  10. Donuts & Peelouts

    Donuts & Peelouts Life's 2 Short. Live like it.

    Have u pulled it yet?
     
  11. '72 Skylark Custom 4bbl

    '72 Skylark Custom 4bbl Well-Known Member

    Not yet Ronnie. As with everyone else life gets in the way.

    My plan is soon though.....I hope:(.

    Kyle
     
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  12. Donuts & Peelouts

    Donuts & Peelouts Life's 2 Short. Live like it.

    Cool Kyle. I totally understand, sometimes I go through the same thing. What I end up doing is visually completing the task in my head multiple time and by the time I actually do it, I just breeze through it.

    My uncle always told me to do things "little by little". That's another way to attack it.

    Have a good weekend
     
  13. '72 Skylark Custom 4bbl

    '72 Skylark Custom 4bbl Well-Known Member

    Next step for me will be to label what little wiring is in the engine bay so that it’ll literally be plug & play when new motor goes in.

    Have to decide on starter, also waiting on my TA aluminum valve covers to get off of back order.

    You have a good one as well & enjoy the family this weekend.

    Kyle
     
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  14. '72 Skylark Custom 4bbl

    '72 Skylark Custom 4bbl Well-Known Member

    Evening Ronnie.

    Just an update: motor pulled today. Took about two hours & went pretty damn smooth thankfully.

    Kyle
     
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  15. Donuts & Peelouts

    Donuts & Peelouts Life's 2 Short. Live like it.

    Dont it feel good?
     
  16. '72 Skylark Custom 4bbl

    '72 Skylark Custom 4bbl Well-Known Member

    To be 100% honest, I’ve done tons of car repairs/work for years.

    Having pulled my first motor today & having it go well, yes, yes it does!

    Wife & I went to lunch & I told her I felt pretty good about how it went.

    Kyle
     
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  17. Donuts & Peelouts

    Donuts & Peelouts Life's 2 Short. Live like it.

  18. 12lives

    12lives Engage! - Jean-Luc Picard

    hood on or off?
     
  19. '72 Skylark Custom 4bbl

    '72 Skylark Custom 4bbl Well-Known Member

    Hood off. Marked the hinges so I have a pretty close of idea of where the hood realigns to.

    Kyle
     
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  20. 68Rivi_In_Cali

    68Rivi_In_Cali Well-Known Member


    Reviving an old thread but I'm getting ready to pull my 350 and install a 455 soon. I too have a 4 speed with a hydraulic clutch. Would I have to re-measure the hydraulic throw out when swapping to the 455? I'm still using the same bellhousing etc. Also, would it be easier to unbolt the bell housing and pull the engine with it and leave the 4 speed in? I've only swapped a ln automatic car.
     

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