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Hi Guys,

My father needs to change the water pumps on his 1950 pickup. It's a 1950 f1 flathead v8 239. Unfortunately the pumps are attached to the motor mounts so we need to support the block while we change them. People on the truck forum he frequents are saying to put a board of wood on the jack and support it by the oil pan. We have our doubts about doing this. Does anybody have any advice on supporting this? I attached a few pics but they don't give a great view.

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My grandfather used to have to do this , but he supported in from a chain hoist from a huge wooden beam at the barn , Helped pull a bunch of engines this way :)

Rent a cheap engine hoist .
 

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My grandfather used to have to do this , but he supported in from a chain hoist from a huge wooden beam at the barn , Helped pull a bunch of engines this way :)

Rent a cheap engine hoist .
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This is the better way to change the pump, this way you can control the engine height if needed + you may need to loosen up the trans bolts as well. Hope this helps.
 

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Wood block on the oil pan is just fine. You want to avoid making pressure points though so the pan doesnt crease. Engine hoist would be cool though for sure :) I support engines on the oil pan with a block of wood from time to time for different jobs. I have never had any problems doing this.
 
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