Motor Install Questions

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  1. wdstamper

    wdstamper Veteran Member

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    Getting ready for my create motor install for my 1981 z28 and have a few questions for the group:

    1) I have my fender wells out and I was wondering if I should wait to put them back in until after I install the motor? I'm thinking it might be easier access around the motor until its bolted down.

    2) The motor mounts with new bushings are loosely bolted in. I would like to tighten them down now because they are so hard to get to. I can only imagine its going to be much harder once I drop the motor in. However, I have read threads where its best to leave them loose until you get the motor mount bolts through (may need to wiggle them)?

    3) My plan is to drop the motor in with the tranny mounted which I have never done. I'm also planning to drop them in with the car up on my ramps so I can get under the car to make sure the back of the tranny does the scrap the ground and I can adjust my cross member. I have a load leveler for my hoist so I'm thinking I can angle it and be okay. Any tips here would be appreciated.

    Thanks

    Walt
     
  2. 73 Z

    73 Z Veteran Member Gold Member

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    motor install.jpg I'd tighten the mounts, put the wheel wells in. Then put the rear of car on jack stands and the front on a couple pieces of plywood so the lift doesn't hit the lower control arms, but that depends how low the car sits. see photo
     
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  3. wdstamper

    wdstamper Veteran Member

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    Thanks 73Z. Never thought about lifting the rear of the car. Should make room for the tranny to slide in easier attached to the motor. I assume you installed your motor and tranny this way? Still a little nervous about tightening the motor mounts down. Thanks. Walt
     
  4. Twisted_Metal

    Twisted_Metal Administrator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Tighten the motor mounts but be sure you have correct ones!

    You may get two choices at many auto parts stores... Only one of them fits.


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  5. wdstamper

    wdstamper Veteran Member

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    Thanks Twisted Metal. I re-used the factory mounts which have four holes. I just replaced the rubber inserts. I should be good to go.

    So you guys are sure I can go ahead and tighten down the motor mounts?

    Thanks

    Walt
     
  6. Twisted_Metal

    Twisted_Metal Administrator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    The hoist with a load leveler is a good idea....
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    Those things are heavy!!!! ;)

    You have to attack it from the side because your standard engine hoist won't reach from straight on in the front of these cars.
    I put the front corner on a jack stand and removed the wheel to get the room for the hoist wheels/frame.
     
  7. rawb

    rawb New Member

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    When I put my motor and tranny in I put a furniture dolly under the tranny when it was close to the floor to help guide into place. It worked very well.
     
  8. CorkyE

    CorkyE Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Good idea. :)

    I've used a floor jack before, take the handle off and use a short piece of pipe to adjust height. I now have a HF transmission jack, works pretty good for that purpose.

    LOL at Terry, you should have taken the dip stick out, would have been easier to carry. :eek:
     
  9. Chevyforever

    Chevyforever Veteran Member

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    I have used a mechanics creeper with wood blocks under tail shaft to "help" roll the trans back towards the cross member while wrestling the engine into place. These experiences were with the big heavy rat motors and th400 trans ...
     
  10. wdstamper

    wdstamper Veteran Member

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    One more question. Is okay to install the transmission lines on the tranny or should I wait until the motor is bolted in? It would be easier with motor out but I'm worried about bending them with lowering the motor in. Thanks again!
    Walt
     

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