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Old February 15th, 2012, 06:15 PM
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Without an engine crane, life would cease to exist...

45 minutes to replace the two engine mounts, even with one clicking thru two of the nuts. Crane good.
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Old February 15th, 2012, 07:01 PM
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What kind of crane do you have? I'm in the market, looking for recommendations.
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Old February 15th, 2012, 07:10 PM
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I picked up a nice engine hoist with folding legs from Harbor Freight about 12 years ago for about $250 (I think). It's been awesome and has more than paid for itself. Before that I used to rent them for about $40 a day.
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Old February 15th, 2012, 07:18 PM
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I got the harbor freight fold up one too, Everyone should have one.
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Old February 15th, 2012, 07:20 PM
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couldn't agree more. I traded a pair of defender front seats for the Blackhawk one I have. Right now its got a 300 tdi auto trans/lt230 hanging from it. Getting too old to be picking up stuff that weighs over 200lbs.
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Old February 15th, 2012, 07:41 PM
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What kind of crane do you have? I'm in the market, looking for recommendations.
I think they all come from the same Chinese factory, just with different paint and stickers, but....
Mine is from, where? cripes I don't remember. It's black, and it folds up, and it has an air/manual powered jack. No name on it, just the decals on the arm that say how much you can hang from the different holes.
Jeez now this is going to bother me. I don't think I mail ordered it cuz it weighs as much as a Yugo and I'd never pay for shipping....maybe I got it at Pep Boys. Drawing a blank. Pretty sure I got it at a store.
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Old February 15th, 2012, 08:09 PM
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All I have to say, if you go with the harbor freight one, go with the bigger of them ... I have the mid-size I believe, which is adequate in strength, but it wasn't quite high enough to swap out the engine in my d2... ended up having to get creative with it. Always better safe than sorry.
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Old February 15th, 2012, 09:05 PM
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I just got one on craigslist for under $100.......hardly a scratch on it. It was kind of a weird find from a beach house!
these things are REALLY handy! I moved my galvanized series chassis into place with ease and no other help......very cool
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I'm a cheap fuck (think of the poll LOL). I bought one for $100 about 10 years ago that I found at an Army Navy store. I did have to buy a new jack for it so it cost me a total of about $170.
It's old, weighs a ton and doesn't fold up, but worth a lot more than $100 to me. It's old enough to have been made in the US even. I do have a new set of casters to put on it. I may get around to actually even painting it some day.
So far the only thing I painted (red) was the last one foot of the slide out boom so I don't drop it on my foot.

Before that I used, and still have, a chain hoist from Harbor Freight or some such place. I actually prefer using a chain hoist, but just don't have a place to hang it.
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I find these are easy to borrow from friends as they are a seldom used item that just takes up space most of the time. I have only needed one twice in the last 7 years. Maybe I'd use it more if I owned one though

But for this particular job (motor mounts), a floor jack and a chunk of 6x6 works just fine for me.
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Old February 16th, 2012, 09:25 AM
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Crane has more than earned its keep around here at Swap-o-Rama.

I bought mine on Craigslist. Made in USA and has extensions for the legs and the hook. No problem hoisting stuff up and out. Fact is that most of our drivetrains are well within the weight limitations of even the smallest hoists.

Yeah, I used my trolley jack when I changed the motor mounts on the 3.9 RRC. Cran
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But for this particular job (motor mounts), a floor jack and a chunk of 6x6 works just fine for me.
Yah you snobby rich folk just have 6x6 laying around for your slightest whim, while us regular folk have to make do with the hillbilly expedients. Like, "oh Jeeves, be a good man and put that 6x6 under the Rover" Must be nice...
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Old February 16th, 2012, 03:18 PM
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This is where my hording pays off. I kept seemingly useless scraps of 6x6 when building my deck 11+ years ago but they come in hand all the time.

The little one top top is good for engine/tranny work
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I do need a Jeeves though...
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