Engine support - brilliance or idiocy
I'm swapping my transmission and I'm to the part where I'm about ready to pull the LT77. So I need to support the rear of the 300 Tdi at the oil pan. This is typically done with a jack stand. However, I'm using a transmission jack rather than engine hoist, which means that I need a bit more space when moving the transmission out from underneath the Defender. My jack stands won't support the defender high enough to move the transmission out while the transmission is still on the transmission jack (and likewise, when moving the new transmission in), but I can lift one side high enough with a floor jack. But if I do that, I'll lose my engine support.
So instead of a floor-based support, I thought maybe if I use a tie-down strap to support the engine via the frame it would work better. The engine will have support even if I lift one corner of the Defender. I've fitted it as shown in the photo - the ends are hooked to the axle tubes.
So what do you think? Brilliance or recipe for disaster?
The pan is stouter than you think. Use a 2x4 across the full width of the pan and use a floor jack to raise/support it sparingly.
You'll find that the 300 is pretty well balanced anyway.... If you just let it "sit" on the mounts, it won't go very far.
Just remove the cooling fan first, if it does tip you won't get a punctured radiator.
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