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    Pulling an LS1

    Got 104,000 on my stock LS1 formula and want to pull the motor to accomplish some bolt-ons. Heads, intake, cam, headers, etc. From what I've read the best way to remove the engine is with the tranny from underneath the car with the k-member. Has anyone pulled an LS1 out of an f-body from the top? Perhaps removing the radiator and nose of the car? How about using jack stands and a cherry picker to lift the front of the car off the k-member? I don't have a lift at home, but may consider getting one. For about 2K I can get one that lifts a car 4 feet. I want to do the work myself, here at home, and not be in a rush. Thanks fellow shade tree mechanics!

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    Yup, take your time and disconnect everything leaving a couple k member bolts and trans mount bolts then raise the rear of the car up and put jackstands under the rear axle. I bought a furnature moving dolly from home depot and put it under the k member with my floor jack under the trans. I raised the front of the car with my cherry picker. Be careful with the torque arm if it is still a trans attached unit because it will want to pull itself up toward the floor real hard. Also don't disconnect any AC lines because you'll want to leave the AC compressor hanging on a coat hanger with the car. Just take the compressor loose as you are raising the car.

    Good luck, Tom

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    If you remove all the accessory's off the front of the motor, including the crank pulley, it will come up out of the top. That's how I always pull mine...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bills98ta View Post
    If you remove all the accessory's off the front of the motor, including the crank pulley, it will come up out of the top. That's how I always pull mine...
    If you like doing things the hard way...

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    Good time to upgrade to a tubular k member also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LS3torque View Post
    If you like doing things the hard way...
    i feel like thats not that hard it probably easier at home without a lift cuz you wont have to worry about getting the car high enough without a lift. and why bother wrestling a trans around if you arent doing anything with it.

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    http://www.keliente.com/engine.htm
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