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07-30-2008, 11:44:46 AM
Might have a line on a running '80 z engine...my problem is transporting it.

What's the best way of doing that?

I might be able to borrow my brothers truck but how do I place it in the bed without damaging his bed and the engine?

Sorry for what seems like a dumb question...but I've swapped out motors before but never had to buy one and transport it home over an hour.



07-30-2008, 11:46:14 AM
Check with your local car dealers and see if they have an engine crate they want to get rid of. That would be the easiest and safest way.

07-30-2008, 11:53:52 AM
My last engine I used an old truck tire under the pan. And then I tied it off in a few places to the truck bed.

It actually worked very well.

07-30-2008, 12:26:25 PM

Two great tips I didn't even think about.



07-30-2008, 12:45:26 PM
go to a place that rebuild motors. every shop have engine skids that they use to transport engines in. offer to leave a deposit for one and then return it when your done....they might just give you one...

07-30-2008, 01:13:15 PM
Summit sells engine stands for like $50 I think. I've used old tires too.

07-30-2008, 02:09:25 PM

I would get the stand with no wheels. I have several in the shop just for unexpected deals or buddies borrowing.
I buy one or 2 when I find them at shows or expos cheap. $20-30 for a plain jane.
Then use shipping wrap to seal, in case of hitting weather on the drive. Good luck.


07-30-2008, 02:16:21 PM
Its prety easy to make a cradle out of 2X6's cut to length and nailed or screwed together. I'll post up pics when I get home from work.

07-30-2008, 02:19:06 PM
I've used old tires also and they keep the engine from sliding around (under normal driving conditions). You can also build a engine cradle out of 2x4s and 4x4s. I've got a wooden engine cradle I keep laying around for just such occasions, works great.

07-30-2008, 02:23:03 PM
If you need help, lemme know...I have a tire here I'd give ya....

Plus some cut pieces of 2x4.

That's the only way I've moved engines....no problems that way either...

07-30-2008, 10:48:22 PM
I hauled a 350 for 400 miles one day using a tire. A low profile, 17" tire works outstanding- the carcass is heavy enough to support the tire and it fits very well.

07-30-2008, 10:56:25 PM
As promised:
Real easy and secure!

07-30-2008, 10:59:28 PM
wow, that's impressive, Mark. Very nice!

07-30-2008, 11:17:48 PM
Just four scrap 2 x 6 and a little thought. Cut em to fit tight between the wheel wells and measure the width of the oil pan. I did add some blocking to keep it sliding forward/back.
My brother bought the engine and took it two hours home and never even knew it was back there.