I know we've covered everything about engine stands, etc. but now
I'm looking at getting a roll-around, fold-upable, standable in the corner
type engine hoist. You know the type with the hyd cylinder and hand pump,
legs that fold up (but still have 4 large casters on the ground), etc.
I didn't see one in Harbor Freight online.
I used the HF hoist to install the engine and gearbox in my Healey
last winter (ca 800#). I had no problems with the hoist once I got all
of the pieces. When I ordered the hoist, HF was out of stock on the
hydraulic ram (they did not tell me when I ordered it). They
shipped the hoist without the ram. When I called to complain, they
shipped me the wrong part. All told, it was about 3 months before
I had a working hoist.
The other day I was in Pep Boys and noticed that they were selling
what looked like the identical hoist.
If you can find a hoist from a local source, it is probably worth a few
extra $ just to know that you are going to walk out of the store with
all the bits that you need to make it work.
While on the subject of hoists, I bought the load leveler from HF and
found it very difficult to use with the weight I was lifting. I would
be interested to know what other people are using to tilt engines during
removal and installation.