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anyone can recommend a good cherry picker for me?

thanks.
 

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First off, let me nit pick a bit. It is not a Cherry Picker. A cherry picker is a man lift, such as the ones mounted on the bucket trucks used by the electric and phone repairman.

If you're looking for an engine hoist, I got mine at Harbor Freight. The legs fold up for storage, and it has worked just fine. It has stood up to quite a bit of use; I'm guessing at least 8 removals/installs of the 4-cylinder engine and transmission in my old race car, one removal/install of my T-Bird engine/tranny, and a recent removal of a '78 Camaro engine/tranny. Plus some other duty as a hoist to move transmissions and engines around the garage. It hasn't protested yet.

My engine stands are from Pep Boys; again, no problems.
 

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saw one at local parts store with 8 ton hydraulic ram or whatever you call it.

thos are ok right?
 

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I highly suggest a load leveler. You can generally rent a hoist pretty cheap.
 

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the set i swa the leveler is included.

with these is it possibble to lift the engine with the tranny still attached to it?
 

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seeing how they cheap cheap one i got from kragen was rated at 2000+lbs i dont see why you cant lift the engine and tranny. engine = 500lbs and tranny is less than 500 so your fine if you even get the cheap one lol

levelers are cool but the ol' chain is alright for most swaps, well mine was;)
 

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Porkchop said:
. engine = 500lbs and tranny is less than 55 so your fine if you even get the cheap one lol
Is your transmission made of plastic or something? :D They're a bit heavier than that.

And yes, with a load leveler and a good hoist, lifting the engine/trans together is not a problem.






-Rod
 

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racecougar said:
Is your transmission made of plastic or something? :D They're a bit heavier than that.

And yes, with a load leveler and a good hoist, lifting the engine/trans together is not a problem.
-Rod
Agreed. Although the chains must be shortened considerably from what is in this picture:

 

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the one i saw at the store here is the one like rod's one but it's yellow. big with foldable leg. same load leveler and all for about 250.
 

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Look for one that has the brace on top like racecougar's. I've seen pictures of ones that don't have that brace and the arm was bent at the point the hydraulic cylinder attaches.
 

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yup, the one i saw is with the brace on top of the arm. remember saw a pic once with those nonfoldable leg unit and without the top brace unit that the arm collapse. the unit is smaller too.
 

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Hey Casper you pulling your engine out?? I'm assuming so, I have an engine stand that you can borrow to hold the engine after you unbolt the trans.
 

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got one, the only thing is the m8 has to find a new home...

 

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well, thanks for the recommendation guys...got new toys...



 

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Porkchop said:
good job casp

they come in different colors? i bought the same stuff as you but mine was red :)
i normally just hold the engine with my left arm and bolt it in with my right.

its not too bad once you do it a time or two, it gets kind of heavy if you have to hold it in place more than a few hours though.
 

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tobey, how do you connect the back piece? longer bolt or something? i mean the lift point where the tranny bellhousing area.

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Congrats... Nice cherry picker lol
 
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