[Mgs] Chain hoist or shop crane for lifting an engine/trans?

Dan DiBiase dan.dibiase at gmail.com
Sat Jun 24 08:21:37 MDT 2017

Since I don't have a lift, I purchased a 1-ton folding hoist from Harbor
Freight when I replaced the engine in my '76B a few years ago. I used
strapping around the engine to remove the engine/trans combo. The total
weight is something like 468 pounds with the ancillaries removed. I undid
the bonnet strut and removed the radiator and radiator support but didn't
need to remove the bonnet itself. I did jack up the back of the car. I had
no issues realigning the trans and engine on the garage floor before
re-installing it.

I think it would be better to use this method vs. the lift, as others have
noted, so you can move the engine around as needed.


Dan D
'76B, '65B
Central NJ USA

Twitter: @dandibiase

On Fri, Jun 23, 2017 at 8:04 PM, Steve Shoyer via Mgs <mgs at autox.team.net>

> I’m going to replace my clutch and cam, so I’m trying to figure out how to
> lift the engine and transmission out of the car.  I was thinking of getting
> a 1-ton (or 2-ton) shop crane, but I have a four-post lift in the garage,
> so an alternative would be to attach a 1-ton chain hoist to a beam
> suspended by the lift over the car.  Either one should work, in theory
> anyway, but I’ve never pulled an engine before so I’d rather do it the best
> way.
> I’m leaning toward the chain hoist, mostly because it would be easier to
> store after I’m done with it.
> Thanks for any advice you can share.
> --Steve (1980 MGB)
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