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Hi,

I'm going to try to drop in the engine and tranny using a friends engine hoist next week.

Do I need a lift plate for my 351w?
If not, how do I attach it to the engine hoist?
If so where do I get a lift plate?
Is there a better way?
Anything else I need to look out for?

Thanks,

Steve
 

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Steve,

I had GREAT success with the engine leveller. I didn't use an intake plate. The leveller attaches to the front and rear of the heads. I also had the car about 12 inches off the ground. That allows you to put the engine at a greater angle to clear the radiator, etc. Good luck!

Jim
 

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Steve
I used a lift plate from Checker Auto parts about $10 worked great. Lifted the enging and trans as a unit rolled the car into place under it after raising the front suspension to about 6 or 7 inches. This allows the engine hoist to clear the cars chassis.
Two of us put it in in about 20 minutes. A few weeks later I was able to remove the engine/trans by myself in about the same time using the same technique. HTH
mannyjoe
 

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I'm with Jim. The engine leveler is the best way to go. They are not that expensive at places like Harbor Freight, and they are worth every penny. I installed engine/trans by myself and it took less than an hour to slowly manouver it in to place. I've installed a lot of engines in a lot of cars over the years. This is just about the best thing to come along in quite a while.

The trick is take your time, move slowly, and walk around the car a lot. The FFR chassis is just about the easiest install I've ever done.
 

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The engine leveler makes the job easy. I couldn't roll the car under the engine because the "feet" of my lift were wider than the inside of my tires. I had to jack the car up and put it on jackstands to clear. Make sure you test fit your headers before dropping the engine in.
 
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