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#1036575 - 03/21/16 04:12 AM engine and trans swap  
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I'm waiting for my trans to show up and decided to do some work when I have a free minute. Do I need to support the engine somehow without the trans in place. if so what is the best way to support it without the trans in place

#1036576 - 03/21/16 04:15 AM Re: engine and trans swap [Re: Icepig]  
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I have my new engine in place and it wants to tilt back with it not supported. I have a jack under the pan now but am going to need it when the trans comes in. how do you folks support the engine with the trans out?

#1036586 - 03/21/16 11:04 AM Re: engine and trans swap [Re: Icepig]  
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Leave the distributor out so it won't break when it tilts. Line up the motor with the motor mounts and slide the motor mount bolts in. It won't go anywhere with those in place. The slight tilt it has left will be helpful when getting the transmission lined up and in place. Good luck and let us know how it goes.

#1036588 - 03/21/16 11:54 AM Re: engine and trans swap [Re: Icepig]  
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Spread out the pressure on the pan with a piece of wood. You can also support the pan with another vertical board cut to length.

#1036608 - 03/21/16 08:10 PM Re: engine and trans swap [Re: Icepig]  
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#1036609 - 03/21/16 08:11 PM Re: engine and trans swap [Re: Icepig]  
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#1036610 - 03/21/16 08:12 PM Re: engine and trans swap [Re: kevins88ss]  
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I was afraid of that, I don't really want to remove it because I'm still trying to get this wiring stuff sorted out, but we'll see what happens!

#1036611 - 03/21/16 08:14 PM Re: engine and trans swap [Re: SickSpeedMonte]  
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I have a jack under the pan with a 2x4 laying across horizontally. It's ok now but I only have one jack which will become a problem when I need to lift the car to put the trans in. I wonder if I could put a board horizontally between the heads and firewall?

#1036623 - 03/22/16 12:07 AM Re: engine and trans swap [Re: Icepig]  
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Put a block of wood between the back of the engine and firewall and let the engine rest against it.
Jack the car up so you can install the trans and when you do use your engine hoist to hold the back of the engine while you use your jack to install the trans.


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#1036624 - 03/22/16 12:30 AM Re: engine and trans swap [Re: Icepig]  
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Looks good. Keep it up


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#1036625 - 03/22/16 12:35 AM Re: engine and trans swap [Re: Richie Cat]  
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Just getting home for the night and I think this is how I'm going to do it. Hopefully I can figure out where some of the wires go after pulling the harness through the firewall. I seems like there are still wires that I wont use but not sure.

#1036626 - 03/22/16 12:35 AM Re: engine and trans swap [Re: mvp]  
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Thank you! Once small obstacle at a time


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