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BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER.... A's, G's & E's


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V8 Removal

Roman
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Post by Roman Mon Mar 12, 2012 11:25 pm

Has anyone removed a small block V8 through one the front doors?

I do not feel like driving my van to the shop and towing it home. I will drop the transmission and cut the doghouse out so all I have to deal with is the engine.

Just in case you're wondering, I don't have the luxury of side doors anymore.

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Post by RodStRace Tue Mar 13, 2012 6:56 am

Roman, there are threads here documenting removal.
The engine will come out without cutting. It can also be dropped down the bottom.
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Post by kgdb Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:33 am

I have had my 302 and AOD out several times and always through the door, lots of room. Also, I didnt split the motor and trans, in and out as one unit.

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Post by Roman Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:43 am

I conducted a search specifically regarding removing a V8 from the front door and was unable to find anything fitting my search criteria, hence this thread.

I am cutting the doghouse out either way since I am not using the original style. I'm pretty sure a V8 will not fit through a first gen doghouse from the top anyway.

I have taken out the engine from the bottom several times before and through the side door as well.

The question wasn't about my options, rather if someone has experience pulling it through one of the front doors. The problem is I am going to do this in my front yard with a cherry picker and do not have a lift to raise the van up high enough to pull it out from the bottom.

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Post by Roman Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:44 am

Right on kgdb! Thanks for sharing.
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Post by G-Man Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:07 am

Well roman I'm sure you wouldn't be the first to go threw the doors most of us don't have whats needed to go threw the bottom. If the pickup guys can do it, sure you'll have no problem
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Post by Zuffen Tue Mar 13, 2012 1:08 pm

If you hook the cherry picker up to the front bumper brackets it will pick up the front of the truck on the one ton setting easily and safetly.

I'd be inclined to drop the motor and trans on the ground using the cherry picker than lift the body up from the engine.

I quite often pick up the entire body of my car with a standard cherry picker.

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Post by Roman Tue Mar 13, 2012 1:17 pm

I cut the frame horns off flush with the body.
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Post by kgdb Tue Mar 13, 2012 2:12 pm

Roman wrote:Right on kgdb! Thanks for sharing.


If you are doing it as one unit then have someone inside to guide and lower the trans tail section down and into place. If you are just doing the motor then it is a piece of cake.

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Post by Roman Tue Mar 13, 2012 2:29 pm

Copy that.
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Post by jkr Tue Mar 13, 2012 3:37 pm

my gallery pics show my v-8 comin out the front door, the only doors i have.
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Post by pan58head Tue Mar 13, 2012 4:02 pm

Hey roman,some where there is a picture of a 1st gen being picked up with arope from the front axle. They let the motor ddown and picked the van over it. I think it was md1(the brake bracket guy) Bob
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Post by pan58head Tue Mar 13, 2012 4:23 pm

Yeah roman it is m1dadio , but the gallery is on vcvc.org under his gallery. Also check out 66 no dices pictures on this forum he has pictures with the v8 on a floor jack going in. Hope this helps Bob
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Post by Roman Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:17 pm

Thanks bros.
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Post by Roman Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:18 pm

I'm too dumb for complication. I think I'll try it through the front doors.
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Post by HandiVanMan Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:32 pm

Roman,
this link has the picture panhead58 is talking about with m1dadio swapping his engine.


https://vintage-vans.forumotion.com/t25936-installing-a-new-engine
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Post by Roman Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:55 pm

I'll be outside in my street. That's not an option either. Besides, I don't have a bumper or brackets.

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