Pulling Engine using Intake Manifold Lift Plate

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  1. 7228sedan
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    7228sedan Senior Member

    Has anyone ever attempted to or successfully lifted a Big Block V8 using an Intake Manifold mounted lifting plate? I have my 7.4L Merc with Velvet V Drive about to be lifted out of the boat this weekend. The manifolds & risers have been removed as well as the heat exchanger. However I think I'm still looking at at over 1,000 lbs. Should I be concerned?
     
  2. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    No, that is a common way of picking up the engine. The weight is distributed on the 12 bolts, so that is about 100lb each. Also, you should add a chain or strap to the tail of the transmission so it doesn't tilt too much. That will also take up some of the weight.
     
  3. 7228sedan
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    Thanks Gonzo... I've used this plate for small blocks in auto applications before. I was more concerned with the lifting plate being held in with the 4 carb bolts then the intake's bolts. It's a cast iron intake so I guess the threads are adequate. I would think that an aluminum manifold would be a problem?
     
  4. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    I never trusted the aluminum manifolds to lift the engine. Otherwise, you can wrap lifting straps around the engine.
     
  5. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    Yeah, you can use the carb flange plate, though I usually prefer to use bolts on the ends of the heads, where often a factory installed lifting eye is located. The reason is you have much more angle adjustment with the wider pickup points, which can help balance the trans hanging on it's butt.
     
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    gonzo Senior Member

    With the transmission on, it will be tail heavy. I often use a come-along tied to the transmission so it lets me adjust the tilt.
     
  7. 7228sedan
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    Thank you both. As I don't have any lift rings remaining from the factory I was going to do precisely as Gonzo mentions. I'll hook the hoist hook onto the lift play eye closest to the transmission. Also I'll position a come-along to pull up on the transmission. I'll let you know how it works out.
     
  8. SamSam
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    SamSam Senior Member

    You could lift it a very small amount, where an accidental drop won't cause much, if any, problems, and let it hang for awhile to see if there are problems. If I was worried about it, I would also try and move it around, maybe even climb on and jump a few times.
     

  9. 7228sedan
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    Success! The lift plate held nicely, v drive and all. Thank you all for the input
     
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