I like all the ideas. I would sort of keep the engine on the hoist, but I am 
limited in space available, so putting it on a smaller dolly would allow me to 
store it in the garage. The hoist would then be able to be torn down for 
storage. I borrowed the load leveler, and have to return it. My garage is 
single car with maybe three feet to spare on the side. Just enough to stick the 
motor and allow a car to park. 

I needed an enclosed hauler, as I was also using the truck to move some 
furniture for my mother. The small moving truck would have been fine, with its 
lower deck and ramp, but all the guys had on short notice were the cargo vans. 
My drive is single width and steepish. I have chinese boys living across the 
street who have an excess of cars (pot, kettle, black) who park right across 
from my drive. If the dolly had been beefy enough, I could have rolled it down 
the ramp to the garage. 


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From: "G Mann via Mercedes" <mercedes@okiebenz.com> 

Next time, buy some 4x4 lumber and cut pieces that will go across the 
engine lift. 
Rotate the engine / trans so you can let the lift down and rest the 
engine/trans on the legs of the lift while just enough "tension" on the 
lifting chain [or nylon rope, if you use that instead] to keep the engine 
upright and centered on the 4x4 cross pieces. 

If you need more stability for this "load" tie some rope to the top of the 
engine [what ever you can find that is solid, and to the legs of the hoist 
using truckers knots to pull it up tight. 

The whole load will then travel where ever you want to take it using the 
engine hoist as the "engine dolly".. 

Tip... sweep the drive to remove any rocks or chips that will cause the 
wheels to stop rolling... before you start to move the load. 

If you need to do it "alone" use something to chock the wheels on the 
engine hoist while you reset the come along for each "pull". 

I have done this more times than I can count.. suggest, next time.. rent a 
pickup truck, and back it up to the garage to unload as close as possible. 

This is why I now own a 12,000 lb fork lift.. ;)) BTDT.... 

On Sat, Aug 5, 2017 at 10:19 PM, redghost--- via Mercedes < 
mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote: 

> Yesterday I picked up a Uhaul van and picked up the rest of the past that 
> came with Allen. Getting the spare engine/trans into the van was a huge 
> PITA due to them not being separated. The very warm weather did not make it 
> any better, and trying to drive an unknown vehicle loaded up with near max 
> weight was entertaining. 
> I was able to lasso a neighbor into assisting in getting the package out 
> of the van and drug across the road and up the driveway. I had to purchase 
> the cheapo harbour fright one ton hoist and a pair of el cheapo appliance 
> moving critter things. I chose the super deluxe steel enforced over the 
> wood. 
> Getting the motor into the van was a chore, as the arm was higher than the 
> door opening. We had to mess about lowering and shifting the thing to get 
> it in, then unhook and hook back with the arm inside. Coming out was less 
> extreme. The motor had tipped over and getting upright was interesting. I 
> was able to get the arm just under the door and tipped the engine over so 
> it would sort of spill out. 
> I then had to make a magic rope hooked to my deck which overhangs the 
> garage door. Two of the cheep chinee ratchet straps and a come along did 
> the trick. Sadly the come along was only 36" worth of cable, so much 
> adjustments were made to get the thing across the street and up the drive 
> to flat ground. All the while the motor is swinging and swaying on the 
> hoist as it gets hung up on every dang pebble and bump. 
> Once on flat land, I slid this 1000# moving dolly under the motor and 
> lower it. First drop was not good, so pump it up and try again. Second drop 
> looked great. Lowered it just right so that the oil pan and the trans pan 
> are both on the dolly. Drop the arm a bit more so the motor settles, and 
> the crap dolly explodes. Cheeppy recycled plastic shatters and the "steel" 
> box support twists and contorts. Wasted $20 on these things. At least I can 
> salvage the casters. 
> At this point we give up and just let it hang on the hoist. Job is "done" 
> so time for beers to cool off. When the sun went lower and temps dropped I 
> grabbed a bottle of Dollar Store LA Amazzzing cleaner and begin scrubbing 
> the accumulated filth off the engine. It took the whole bottle, but on the 
> whole, it looks quite nice. Missing injectors, some throttle rods, hoses 
> and small things. Probably good enough for the guy who wants to toss it 
> into his mudder truck. I had been thinking maybe and SLC. 
> clay 

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