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Old 01-23-2010, 07:33 PM   #1
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How Do I Remove My Engine Mounts 1986 Camaro

I am 17 and have taken my camaro with a 305 it has a carburettor if thats relevant, but the body was way too rusty to salvage so i bought a new one, but it is set up for the 2.8 multi port so the mounts have to be swapped and what i want to know is do i have to take the whole wheel assembly and control arms and such off to just remove the mounts. thanks
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No you dont have to remove but it'll get even worst. you'll have to use a cherry picker to lift the engine just a little to gain access to the mount. Now here is the tough part. You'll have to get under the Camaro to remove the bolts that are inside the frame. Once the mounts are replaced, it's going to be TOUGH to get the bolts and nuts back in so to make the job easier, get some thin, and very stiff wire so that you can wrap the bolt or nut with it so that you can manuver the nut or bolt inside the frame thus reducing you dropping the bolt or nut. This is how I did it but there may be even better advice. Go to Autozone and open up a Haynes book and look up how to do the job. Good Luck.
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:16 PM   #3
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Re: How Do I Remove My Engine Mounts 1986 Camaro

well the engine is out but the control arms seem to be in the way of the path to the bolts
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It will be. Try different approaches. Try a cresent wrench, a socket with a swivle, try putting some jack stands on the cross member between the control arms. I believe you, It's tough, but I was able to get it done. Just remember to use some wire to hold the bolt/nut in place while you try to bolt it back in. I was able to get the bolt and nut in while the Camaro was on ramps. Yes I got shoulder cramps, busted knuckles, and dirt in my eye, but I got her done.
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thanks, i was hoping i wouldn't have to, you are greatly appreciated.
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Re: How Do I Remove My Engine Mounts 1986 Camaro

another option is just swapping the k-member from the v8 car if its salvageable, which should have the v8 mounts. The k-member is like 4 bolts.
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thats an option thank you i am a bit sick so i haven't started yet.
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another option is just swapping the k-member from the v8 car if its salvageable, which should have the v8 mounts. The k-member is like 4 bolts.
What's the K-member? Never heard of that one before.
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The front crossmember.
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Thanks five7kid. I learned something.
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Re: How Do I Remove My Engine Mounts 1986 Camaro

i have an 89 camaro and was wondering if any one can give me some pointers on how to change the motor mounts, people are saying jack car and then jack engine up a little then R&R motor mounts thats it . so is it that easy on my year (89 camaro)? or is there more to it like removing more components?
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Jack up the front end a little bit. Just enough for you to fit under. Then support with small jack stands. Engage the parking brake. Put a floor jack WITH a 2x4 piece in between th oil pan and jack. Jack up flush agianst the oilpan. Remove 2 main bolts that go through the block brace to mounts. Then once removed, jack up just a little so that the dizzy doesn't crush with the engine moves up agianst the cowl. Then remove the 3 bolts that mount the motor mount to the frame. Reinstallation is a P.I.T.A. A word of advice, use a clothes hanger to hold the bolt or nut in place or it'll be almost impossible to screw it down because either one ( I forgot which one) is inside the body frame. Keep in mind that I replaced my motor mounts while the engine was out. I had a huge time and frustration just trying to get the damb bolt in. Good luck man. I could be wrong though. I've never done a motor mount replacement with the engine in.
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Re: How Do I Remove My Engine Mounts 1986 Camaro

I uses a craftsman 5/8 wrench that consisted of a open end but instead of the box end it had sa 5/8th swivel socket on that side. I had an extra set of hands turn the bolts from the top side while I held the nut up to it from the bottom. 20 minutes the old mounts were off and new ones on. I was able to weasel the wrench in though the hole where the control arm mounts to t k member. This was very handy for the forward most bolts. Hope this all makes sense.
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