Engine pull question

Small Block Mopar Engine

  1. Kendog 170

    Kendog 170 Well-Known Member

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    Ok, so I dropped my car (68 dart 340/4spd.) over the Eng. , 4-speed. bolted to suspension. Now I have to pull the motor. Should I pull just the motor and leave the bell housing & trans behind or try and pull out together? Or, lift the car off the assembly again. Lastly, pull the gearbox then the Engine with bell housing attached?
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    • Tooljunkie

      Tooljunkie King of cobble/master of the broken bolt FABO Gold Member

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      It would be a matter of preference. Motor/trans should come out the top but i guess it all depends on what you think is easier. I have a shop crane and k-member has never been out of my car as far as i know.
       
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      Sterling Well-Known Member

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      I have done it both ways, removed engine and trans together and engine only. Lining the engine and trans on reassembly can be difficult with the trans and bell housing still in the car, but can be done.
       
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      • RedFish

        RedFish Well-Known Member

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        Going to put the engine back on a stand? If so, you'll need to separate them eventually. Then bolt back together in the floor? You've already been there done that.
        You could thread a draw strap around the torsion bars to cradle the bell housing and trans. It will shift around a little too which helps realign.
         
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        • Kendog 170

          Kendog 170 Well-Known Member

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          I like the strap idea. I do have a cradle I made up that I can support the gear case as well. It's going back on the stand. I just don't want to get into re-alignment and torsion bars adjustments again if I can avoid it.
           
        • AJ/FormS

          AJ/FormS 367 FormS clone 3.09-1.92-1.40-1.09-.78od 3.55s FABO Gold Member

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          I've done every which way, but I won't be doing it engine-out-the-bottom anymore.
          I made a snazy engine tilter, that bolts onto the intake in place of the carb, and allows engine and trans to come out together. This makes it so easy. And with the engine hanging, I get to push the car out of the bay, giving me lots of work space.
          Car on a 4-post lift, my record is 17 minutes, to drop the exhaust, driveshaft, shifter, GearVendor od, and A833. A couple more minutes gets the bell off. Now yur just minutes from pulling the engine.
           
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          67Dart273 Well-Known Member

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          Mine is auto, but that is exactly what I did. A jack/ wood block under the trans helps to move around/ align
           
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            lilfontleroy annoyinglilLeRoy FABO Gold Member

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            only pull what you HAVE to
             
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