Pulling motor

Discussion in 'Engine Topic' started by C4Racer, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. C4Racer

    C4Racer Veteran Member

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    so somebody told me the front grill and radiator assembly pops right off on these cars. I’ve been working for about an hour so far and starting to realize that just doesn’t seem true. Seems a major pain to get it off.

    I was doing that to give me a straight shot to install motor and transmission in one shot. T56 install.

    Is there another way?

    Can you use one of those tilt thingys to get the motor and trans in over the front bumper / grill assembly ?

    Seems like I am tripling the time and effort by removing the front body and then if I don’t line it up right wil have to bring to body shop.

    Body panels and installation are not my specialty!!
     
  2. BonzoHansen

    BonzoHansen Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

    SBC/T56 here. I installed the engine first with clutch all setup, then installed the trans.

    T56 is a big trans
     
  3. turbobuick

    turbobuick Member

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    Bonzo, is your small
    Block external balance? What dlywhe did you use? Is it a lt1 t56? I have lt1 t56 for my 454 looking for proper flywheel.
     
  4. C4Racer

    C4Racer Veteran Member

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    Ya maybe mock it up to make sure trans mates ok out of car and then install without trans. Should be ok to have bellhousing and all contents on the motor when it goes back in eh?
     
  5. Twisted_Metal

    Twisted_Metal Administrator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Put the engine in over the fender and mate the transmission to it from beneath the car.

    It can be done in one shot (without the front being disassembled) but it's not easy as the combination is quite heavy and it depends upon how your engine hoist is constructed and where your jack stands are positioned.
     
  6. BonzoHansen

    BonzoHansen Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

    No, it's internal 1pc block. I think you need the same FW a 2pc rms block would use, i don't know the part number. woody does, search the trans section for his posts
     
  7. BonzoHansen

    BonzoHansen Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

    I did it with the bell off, but clutch on and I dialed in the bell before as well.
     
  8. C4Racer

    C4Racer Veteran Member

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    Any reason bell off? I was thinking bell on would be better. But it’s not hard to put on under the car of clearance is a problem getting motor in place with it on.
     
  9. BonzoHansen

    BonzoHansen Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

    I was fighting poly motor mounts and the clearance helped. damn things just would not line up lol
     
  10. C4Racer

    C4Racer Veteran Member

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    Oh. Man. I’ll use solid.
     

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