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Old 05-17-2011, 11:35 AM   #1
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Moving an engine

So I found a 350 for my latest project for sale locally. I've got a buddy with a big pickup and an engine stand waiting at home. Just wondering what the best way to load and unload this engine would be, as well as the best way to secure it for the ride. It's an in town ride so shouldn't be far. I don't have a cherry picker at the house, and I really dont think we can lift a 600 pound monster just the two of us. Any suggestions?
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Re: Moving an engine

If you get a couple buddies to help you move it, it can be loaded and unloaded that way. Spend the money on a cherry picker- it's well worth the $150....typically you can find a used one on craigslist for 1/2 that.

If your buddy has tie downs in his bed, use rope to secure it front/back and side to side. Use some wood to keep it level....do NOT support it on the crank snout/balancer, or flexplate. Just use the oil pan.

I transported one home once in a Blazer once- used the back seat and tailgate to keep it locked in place, and a small metal tackle box to support the 'front' under the oil pan.
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If you get a couple buddies to help you move it, it can be loaded and unloaded that way. Spend the money on a cherry picker- it's well worth the $150....typically you can find a used one on craigslist for 1/2 that.

If your buddy has tie downs in his bed, use rope to secure it front/back and side to side. Use some wood to keep it level....do NOT support it on the crank snout/balancer, or flexplate. Just use the oil pan.

I transported one home once in a Blazer once- used the back seat and tailgate to keep it locked in place, and a small metal tackle box to support the 'front' under the oil pan.
Thanks for the advice. I have a built LS1 in my fourth gen, but did very little of the work myself. I found me a 3rd gen and want to do this one as single handedly as possible!
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You can also rent a picker from any local tool rental shop.
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If you putting it in a truck get a 17 or 18 inch junk tire off the rim from a tire place they'll give you one if you tell them what your using it for since they don't have to dispose of it then. When you move the engine places the oil pan in the middle of the tire and set the engine down. The tire wall will flex and support the engine holding it still. Tie the ropes to keep the engine from swaying side to side and you'll be good to go. That's how I move all my engines. I have a 18 inch bald tire thats only purpose is to cradle engines during hauiling. in the pickup truck.

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If you putting it in a truck get a 17 or 18 inch junk tire off the rim from a tire place they'll give you one if you tell them what your using it for since they don't have to dispose of it then. When you move the engine places the oil pan in the middle of the tire and set the engine down. The tire wall will flex and support the engine holding it still. Tie the ropes to keep the engine from swaying side to side and you'll be good to go. That's how I move all my engines. I have a 18 inch bald tire thats only purpose is to cradle engines during hauiling. in the pickup truck.

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I do the same, but it's an old 235/60R15 tire. Most any size is better than no tire at all.
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Re: Moving an engine

grab a engine cradle if you plan to rebuild it...

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/SUM-910057/
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So I found a 350 for my latest project for sale locally. I've got a buddy with a big pickup and an engine stand waiting at home. Just wondering what the best way to load and unload this engine would be, as well as the best way to secure it for the ride. It's an in town ride so shouldn't be far. I don't have a cherry picker at the house, and I really dont think we can lift a 600 pound monster just the two of us. Any suggestions?

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grab a engine cradle if you plan to rebuild it...

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/SUM-910057/
To Gwarren Reading FTW. To OP = The tire way is the way I have always done it also. Works great and it is always easy to find a used bald tire for free and if you don't want to keep the tire its only like $2.50 to take it to a different tire shop than the one you got it from get it disposed of.
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Re: Moving an engine

Thats a nice cradle, however I already have an engine stand. Looks like I need to get my hands on a junk tire! Thanks again for the reply
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I use a 245/75/16 load range E tire... This is the best way...
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I did read that the OP has a engine STAND. I still encourage anyone who rebuilds thier engine to invest in an engine cradle. It allows you to move the engine around (including transporting to/from machine shop) without damage.

The tire way may work, but I'm not trusting my 1k+ engine to a tire.
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make a cradle out of wood... its easy, cheap, and will work fine as long the oil filter is off.

to the OP for wanting to do the work yourself
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Re: Moving an engine

three guys and the back of my sunfire, interesting time moving an engine from Long Island to upstate new york (4 hr drive). 4 guys should be able to handle it, but a cherry picker is golden in these situations. If anything, 3 guys and put a 2X6 board diagonally on the tail gate and slide it down slowly so its not a free carry.
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Re: Moving an engine

Well to all those involved thanks for the info! We got it loaded complete with a tire and tie downs with no issues. Unloading it however was a different story. We ended up breaking the alternator bracket, but otherwise it come out unscathed! When I get ready to move it after tear down for machine work, I likely will go with both the engine stand and the 2x6. As I stated before, I want to do as much as possible on my own, and thanks for the great advice !
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Re: Moving an engine

I normally put an engine onto a tire when in the back of a pickup truck but a cradle made from a bunch of 2x4's is very easy to make. The cradle I built many years ago still has a 400 block sitting on it.
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Re: Moving an engine

If you leave a bad tire in the bed of your pickup while you're in the salvage yard, cool. But a wooden cradle may get stolen. Many salvage yards can get you another tire for a couple of dollars if yours gets stolen.
For salvage yard finds, the tire is good enough. On the trip home from the machine shop, that's when I could see using a cradle of some sort, though I've done fine with my bad tire.
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Well to all those involved thanks for the info! We got it loaded complete with a tire and tie downs with no issues. Unloading it however was a different story. We ended up breaking the alternator bracket, but otherwise it come out unscathed! When I get ready to move it after tear down for machine work, I likely will go with both the engine stand and the 2x6. As I stated before, I want to do as much as possible on my own, and thanks for the great advice !

you are a wise man understanding that a used engine should be torn down and sent to the machine shop.
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