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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:03 pm 
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i know i read something on here before on this but after searching page after page it kind of gets overwealming lol. that and i get stuck reading other usefull topics. but if anyone can help i have a 78 i need to know were u guys hook up the engine hoist and is it better to pull it with the tranny hooked up. any pics would be better. thanks for reading.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:52 pm 
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I don't have experience with your truck, but I recently pulled my engine and transmission together. I learned some things from experience (that means the hard way! :lol: )

When pulling it, you can get away with it being out of balance. But when putting it back in, ESPECIALLY if you have the transmission attached, you need to be able to adjust the front/rear level on the fly. If you have a cherry picker hoist, you will be limited on how much lift you have. If the tail of the transmission is dangling, you may not be able to get it over the radiator support. I had to jump inside the engine bay and lift the transmission over and around. If just the transmission, that wouldn't have been hard. But since the motor was attached, I was also lifting part of the motor.

Before I put it back in, I bought a load leveler from Harbor Freight for $29.99, This allowed me to tilt it back to put it into the bay, and start leveling once the transmission was going into the tunnel.

Seems to me, it would be a lot easier to separate the transmission first if you don't need it out. I'm not sure if I'd want to try stabbing them back together by guiding the motor to the transmission, especially with the transmission bolted in place.. I think it's usually done the other way around. Actually the transmission only has mounts in the rear. Without the motor, there's nothing to support the front of it. You'd need to put something under the front of it.

Enough rambling...hope that helps.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 9:58 am 
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can i hook up that load leveler to the cherry picker. seems like i can if not modify it to work lol. thanks


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