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    How hard is it to remove motor from the top of the 99 f body and what would be the 1 2 and 3 steps

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    I've pulled three motors from the top, I don't think it's that bad, others disagree. It's really no different than pulling any other motor, though unless you have bought or fabricated a motor plate, you need to pull the heads to get the motor out.

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    one guy at work says he loosens the subframe bolts so that the subframe hangs lower and gives u a couple more inches. I havent ever pulled the motor out of the top, but this guy is the king veteran mechanic and he knows a few things.lol

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    Pulled an LT1 out the top with only removing the intake.. just had to have the chain level all the way down for a while...
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    I know I'm not answering your question, but its SOO easy to pull the engine from the bottom in these car I don't know why you wouldn't take that route......disconnect subframe (hopefully you don't have weld-in subframe connectors), and pull STB with a couple chain hoists....

    I saw someone pull and replace an LT-1 using this method in his house's two car garage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhinohuey View Post
    I know I'm not answering your question, but its SOO easy to pull the engine from the bottom in these car I don't know why you wouldn't take that route......disconnect subframe (hopefully you don't have weld-in subframe connectors), and pull STB with a couple chain hoists....

    I saw someone pull and replace an LT-1 using this method in his house's two car garage.
    I pulled the engine out the top.. but I've now dropped the kmember and will be reinstalling the engine and tranny from the bottom...

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    it don't matter is u have weld-in sfc u can still drop it out under the bottom . well aleast on the 3rd gens . i never pulled the motor on a 4th gen from the top but i won't try to pull it with the trans on it sorry can't b of more help

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    Quote Originally Posted by 02ls1ram View Post
    it don't matter is u have weld-in sfc u can still drop it out under the bottom . well aleast on the 3rd gens . i never pulled the motor on a 4th gen from the top but i won't try to pull it with the trans on it sorry can't b of more help
    You might be right. It might come out with just the k-member removed.

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    I've removed engines from the top and from the bottom, I much prefer doing it from the top. It's a personal preference.

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    Top 5 times. It's not as hard as you think. To make life easy though, get the heads off in car and the balancer to clear the radiator support.

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    i took my from, the top and didn't even have to take the hood off. lol. it was close. two people, we took all the assc. off then went to town. drop the trans an you are golden. nice and slow.

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    Mine came out from the bottom.Just looked easier.

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    pulled about 30 of these all from the bottom, its so simple i dont know why you wouldnt, and you dont have to take the hood off and pull all accessories, etc.

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    I don't have access to a two post lift anymore and using a cherry picker to pick up the car or just jacking it up enough to get the motor out looks like too much of a pain in the butt. I've pulled motors out of other cars from the bottom and I just plain old don't like doing it that way. I'll stick to pulling it out the top, even though it may be easier to do it out of the bottom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C&Cbird View Post
    I don't have access to a two post lift anymore and using a cherry picker to pick up the car or just jacking it up enough to get the motor out looks like too much of a pain in the butt. I've pulled motors out of other cars from the bottom and I just plain old don't like doing it that way. I'll stick to pulling it out the top, even though it may be easier to do it out of the bottom.
    Chain hoist works......and they are easily mounted in most house garages.

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    Honestly, I wouldn't do it even if I had a two post lift. I've been taking motors out the top of cars my entire life, I took a few out the bottom when I used to work at a dealership, didn't like doing it that way. I guess its different for everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redphoenix1998 View Post
    Top 5 times. It's not as hard as you think. To make life easy though, get the heads off in car and the balancer to clear the radiator support.
    In the time it takes you to get the heads off I can have the engine out the bottom.

    I pulled the engine out the bottom, installed LT headers, replaced the clutch, and reinstalled the engine in under 5 hours. Down is the way to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RE AND CHERYL View Post
    In the time it takes you to get the heads off I can have the engine out the bottom.

    I pulled the engine out the bottom, installed LT headers, replaced the clutch, and reinstalled the engine in under 5 hours. Down is the way to go.

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    i left the heads on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIG C View Post
    How hard is it to remove motor from the top of the 99 f body and what would be the 1 2 and 3 steps
    not hard... just a fucking pain in the ass...

    radiator come out... front drive line gets dropped... bumper cover comes off...

    be prepared to throw lots of tools around...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spaz View Post
    not hard... just a fucking pain in the ass...

    radiator come out... front drive line gets dropped... bumper cover comes off...

    be prepared to throw lots of tools around...
    man you like to work, i took the rad, ac condensor and that was really it, nothing else "else" meaning from the core support to the front end.

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