Best Way to Pull the Engine?

Discussion in 'Engine Topic' started by Blk+Orange79Z28, May 1, 2017.

  1. Blk+Orange79Z28

    Blk+Orange79Z28 Member

    Jun 15, 2016
    Eden Prairie, MN
    Hey everyone, pulling the engine out of my 79 Z this weekend, was wondering what ways work best for you guys to pull it. Would really like to keep the front bumper on. What have you guys done? What worked well and what didn't?
  2. COPO

    COPO Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Sep 15, 1999
    Ontario, Canada
    Pulled out together with the trans and installed the same way. No issues in my 70. Tied back my manifolds and A.I.R. pipes and PS pump. Rad was out, nothing else in the front needed to be removed. I even tested to see if I could get it in with the dizzy installed and yes it did.

  3. Vicious Z28

    Vicious Z28 Veteran Member

    Mar 3, 2007
    Upper Marlboro MD
    I always pull the transmission but my new way to pull the engine is to remove one of the front tires and put it on a jack stand. Then I pull the motor with the jack on the side. No hurting the front bumper!
  4. Zspoiler

    Zspoiler Veteran Member

    May 6, 2012
    Federal Way, Washington
    I have pilled them out both ways .A lots depend on your engine hoist and just how much help you have.
  5. 351maverick

    351maverick Veteran Member

    Aug 11, 2010
    erie, PA
    a good engine hoist that rolls easily and a tilter really helps if the motor/trans are still mated

    this method will work as well:

  6. Coadster32

    Coadster32 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Oct 2, 2013
    That's funny....I thought of this same video when I read the title of this thread.:crazy: motor came out with the trans in my 79 Camaro. 350/TH400 trans. No front bumper removed.
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  7. 70-camaro

    70-camaro Veteran Member

    Mar 25, 2010
    marietta ohio
    Removed the front tire also and pulled from the side with distributor in, no cap.
  8. vegas1974z28

    vegas1974z28 Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Jan 10, 2002
    Las Vegas,NV
    IF you remove the front clip you can chase all the bolts put some WD40 on them and clean everything up as well. It takes me 90 min from running to motor in the back of the truck........A skill I am NOT proud of. If you click the link in my sig there are pictures. Also, I can put the motor in by myself. Just a thought, I know you said you didn't want to remove the bumper.
  9. COPO

    COPO Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Sep 15, 1999
    Ontario, Canada
    I also put my tranny jack which has 4 wheels under the tail of the tranny so it can slide back on it's own.
  10. slayer021175666

    slayer021175666 Veteran Member

    Feb 29, 2016
    I've always liked to pull the engine and transmission as one. Much easier than removing bell housing bolts. I use a spray paint can cap with duct tape to keep the fluid from pouring out the tail shaft housing and I set up the chain to give the engine a massive tilt upward to clear the radiator. Helps if you can jack up the front of the car, as well.

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