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Old 05-17-2004, 05:18 PM
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107 V8 Engine Support from above- Plans/Drawings?

Does anyone have any plans or drawings of an engine support that holds the engine from the top? It is shown in the manuals for the 107 Chassis. I would like to make one for pulling the sub frame and changing the engine and transmission mounts.

Any other information on this subject is welcome.

(107 body, 117 V8 Motor)

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Old 05-18-2004, 11:00 AM
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I contemplated this for a while, but using a floor-mounted hydraulic engine hoist seems to make more sense. You can use it for other things besides holding the engine up. They are all over e-bay and web sites like Harbor Freight and Northern Tool for under $300. The legs fold up, so they don't take up a lot of room.
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Old 05-18-2004, 11:06 AM
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I am considering that too.

I thought about using an engine hoist but if I leave it up there a long time the hydraulics will bleed off and lower the engine. Do they make them with a support ratchet or something?

I am into metalworking and think I could build one with some scrap I have laying around. It would be fairly simple. I could engineer it but need to know the best support points. If I could just get a photo, drawing or both, I could make one, and that would be my preference.
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You could certainly make an adjustable support bracket for the hoist and maybe get your metal-working fix that way. To get a look at one of the MB supports, you would probably have to find a dealer and see if they have one in the back room.
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Old 05-18-2004, 12:21 PM
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Chuck offers a good suggestion. Another suggestion depending upon your garage/shop would be to simply hang a chain hoist from the ceiling. If you have a wood frame ceiling you can go across above the joists with a four by four, cut a neat hole through the ceiling (trim out nice if you like) and suspend a chain hoist from the four by four.

I have a beam down the center of my shop with rollers that allow me to move the trolley on the beam. My chain hoist suspends from that. You can get a half ton chain hoist for $50 or so and it has no hydraulic sag.

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Old 05-18-2004, 01:18 PM
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I have a friend that constructed a nice, lightweight fold up unit. I'll check with him to see if he has plans.
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Old 05-18-2004, 01:34 PM
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Thank you, gentlemen, for your suggestions.

I might be able to rig a support but I would hate to weld onto a new unit. An engine hoist would be good for other jobs as well but I am trying to avoid buying more tools.

The chain hoist may be a problem for clearing the hood. I don't know how to do it but I think there is a secondary position for the hood for service, but I think the hood would hit the ceiling joists while on jack stands and in the "service position". It could be possible. I have a 50 year old chain hoist that would work.

If Mr. C and get a drawing I would prefer to construct one.
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Old 05-18-2004, 07:19 PM
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I'll call my friend this evening, I'll get back to you by Thursday
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Old 05-19-2004, 12:36 PM
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Thank You Mr. C

I think it would help for a few jobs. When I get the engine up in the air I also want to try steering box adjustment. I understand it makes access easier.
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like this:-



50 UK pounds - channles sit in the edges of the wings
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Thanks for the image. I have seen these before. Do you need two of these? What are the "wings"?
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one needed...

the wings are plate metal supports that sit on the rain channel on the inside of the wing.

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