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This is a discussion on removing engine need advice within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; I have a 98 formula and have been planning to rebuilt the engine for sometime now. I have removed everything ...

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    removing engine need advice

    I have a 98 formula and have been planning to rebuilt the engine for sometime now. I have removed everything from the inside of the car except the block and the as compressor. I will be pulling the engine from the top with a hoist so I took everything off to make it easier because i'm doing it alone.
    My questions are simple.
    1. I have unbolted the bellhousing at the back of the engine. Do I still need to remove the allen bolts on the flexplate?

    2. Where should I attach the chains for my engine lift? Motor mounts?

    3. Do I need to move the tranny back and add some additional support for it?

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    Support the tranny with a jack stand, you can pick up a intake plate that bolts to the valley and you can pull from top with it.
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    Pick up the book "How to Build High-Performance Chevy LS1/LS6 V-8's" by Will Handzel. Lots of tips and tricks for removing and installing the engine

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadowsnkx View Post
    I have a 98 formula and have been planning to rebuilt the engine for sometime now. I have removed everything from the inside of the car except the block and the as compressor. I will be pulling the engine from the top with a hoist so I took everything off to make it easier because i'm doing it alone.
    My questions are simple.
    1. I have unbolted the bellhousing at the back of the engine. Do I still need to remove the allen bolts on the flexplate?

    2. Where should I attach the chains for my engine lift? Motor mounts?

    3. Do I need to move the tranny back and add some additional support for it?
    if i can remember and can get my hands and camera in to the bay i can snap some picts of where you bolt the chains to... but your best bet if you have an available lift is to drop the engine out from the bottom... it is soooo much easier...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spaz View Post
    if i can remember and can get my hands and camera in to the bay i can snap some picts of where you bolt the chains to... but your best bet if you have an available lift is to drop the engine out from the bottom... it is soooo much easier...
    I'm with Spaz on this one. Its way easier to drop the engine out the bottom. When I did it I dropped the tranny, engine, and K member together and used tranny jacks to lower them slowly, then placed it on an engine cradle. Out the top is possible, but lots of things to dent, scratch, or bust off since the engine sits so far back in the engine bay.
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    dropping from the bottom is not an option for me. I just don't have the space to do it. I'm working on my driveway which is a slab, but I live in a city so I have to keep everything clean. I'll be taking it out throught the top this evening.

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    if the chain has large enough holes, then use an old head bolt. i used the back of the motor where the trans bolts to it and on the front where the alternator bolts to the block.
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    got it out last night by using the motor mounts as the lift point. Once I got it loose from the bellhousing dowel pins it was easy.

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