'94 Firebird LT1 into '78 Camaro project back on

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  1. sbca96

    sbca96 Veteran Member

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    Here is more of the winch setup ... two huge lag bolts and the winch mounted
    on a 4 x 6 to make it easier to manage.

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    Tom
     
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    you should be able to leave the mounts on the frame it looks like you already have the bolt removed from the mount that ties the frame mount to the engine mount. i usuallt take trans mnt out and hold trans with a block of wood on flr jack and start lifting mtr out and lower trans as i lift mtr out
     
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    oh by the way i wish i was at your place i live in pa and we are getting a foot of snow
     
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    The problem is the spot I want to lift the engine is back further then I can get
    to with the boom length. If I just pull it, the engine will swing forward from its
    mounts which is OK for removing .. BUT .. how do I swing a 1000 pounds back
    into the mounts? Thats why I decided on the two stage lift.

    EDIT : Yup .. its been 70s .. even for California thats freaky this time of year.

    Tom
     
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    nice collection, whats next to it? Avanti?
     
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    Yup, next to the winch is a 1963 Studebaker Avanti with upgrades. Next to
    the '78 Camaro is an '86 IROC, behind the '78 Camaro is a 2004 GTO, next to
    the GTO is a 1999 Camaro SS and in the street is a 1995 Impala SS.:confused: ;)

    Tom
     
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    Its out! The suspension "straps" worked perfect, the only catch was I could
    not remove the mounts off the frame. There are self locking nuts up inside of
    the frame and that was just too much work to deal with. I ended up being
    able to do the same thing pretty much, I lifted the engine, used the winch to
    pull the engine forward and then lowered the engine ONTOP of the mounts on
    the frame. Then I grabbed back further and it was a breeze. I couldnt have
    done it without the winch. It easily and slowly moved the engine up the slight
    grade into the garage and most importantly over the concrete transitions.

    Pictures to follow.

    Tom
     
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    Yah, I know I promised pictures, but I havent gone through them yet. Anyway
    I ordered 1995 Impala SS pressure and return lines (with cooler) and found that
    1978 still has the standard flare fittings (read somewhere 78 was the first year
    but I am here to say that 1980 is the first year). I did some research and found
    the 1986 Camaro IROC box is sold by Oreillys for $117 plus core. There isnt the
    same amount of room in the front the Impala has, so the "cooler" return line was
    not going to work, so I returned the return line and ordered the standard return
    line and the IROC box. A1 27-6550 Cardone Power Steering Gear. This combo
    should give me an all factory install, and 2.5 turns lock to lock.

    Tom
     
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    Here are some pics of the engine pull :

    Winch:

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    Strap to hoist :

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    Grabbed the front of the chain to lift and pull forward :

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    Engine resting ontop of mounts bolted to subframe, to re-position chain back
    further and get a better balance point :

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    Wheeled trans jack critical for rolling the engine forward with only front lifted:

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    Up she comes :

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    Higher still :

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    Still going up :

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    And its out!

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    Tom
     
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    Here are a few of the engine install :

    Empty and cleaned out engine bay :

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    The wife was in charge of the transmission to keep it from rotating :

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    The second chain (to make the engine level) slipped out of the hook, which
    made the engine swing side to side and made me almost crap my pants. So
    back down it went, and chains repositioned. I also added a second chain to
    the eye above the hook as a safety chain - not taking any chances.

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    Neighbor Bruce came by to help, straps in place, winch slowly letting the hoist
    move back with the wife turning the crank (and taking pictures) :

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    Slow process, but my main concern was NOT damaging the bumper :

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    Once we had the engine down, blocks were put under the exhaust manifolds
    and the engine lowered on top, then the chain was moved to the front of the
    engine and the hoist moved back away from the bumper. The trans is on the
    wheeled trans jack, the engine lifted off the blocks, blocks removed and the
    engine rolled back into place :

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    Tom
     

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