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The long crawl

November 9, 2014

Very simple, roll engine into the garage. Ok even I knew it wasn’t gong to be that simple, first up it wasn’t going to fit through the door from the house into the garage without removing the exhaust manifolds and the dipstick and hat wasn’t going to happen. So out the front door it was going to be.

The hoist was initially set against the door sill and the boom extended in to lift the engine over the threshold but with the boom extended beyond the legs I was going to need some ballast, a couple boards and the three wheel/tires still to go on the car worked just fine.

Once through the door it was transferred to a cart to roll to the garage. The first leg was fine although the wheels didn’t want to roll in one direction. At the corner I needed to lift it up to clear an offset in the walk. From there I left the hoist on the engine for safety and inched the setup along the walk. I was fighting two things, one the lift not fitting on the walk and the walk having a slope. I setup a couple boards to keep the lift vertical and span the walk as needed. Another board was added and the lift moved the 6 inches, the previous board was moved and continued several times till the hoist was on the driveway.

I now had the issue of safely getting the engine up the sloped driveway and into the garage. I fist added a strap to help recover the dolly as one of the wheels slipped of the walk, once to the driveway I added a couple more straps using the frame of the car as an anchor. One of the straps was put low to help work the engine up the driveway and the other was to the lifting plate to help stabilize it on the slope.

Working the two ratchet straps I was able to get the engine into the garage, the third strap to the top was a friction strap that was able to cinch up as I worked the other two.

With the engine now in the garage I clear space around the car and put the rear wheels on the car, the first time in four years that the car had all four wheels on it.

The plan is to put it in on Tuesday. We’ll need to plan well as the lift will need to be on the slope to get the clearance to get the engine in.

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