firebird-engine-hoist

Part 3 of Engine Hoist

After the fail with hoisting the engine on a lift plate, I decided to just use a engine lift bar. The bar or beam basically hangs over the middle of the engine and has four chains which can be bolted down to the 4 sides of the block.

Once you have the engine lift bar bolted down, you can slowly begin jacking the hydraulic lift hoist up. My engine lift bar has a tilting shaft that can angle the engine/ transmission correctly so nothing hits or binds up on the car.

I am lifting out the transmission with the engine because it is much easier in my opinion and we are replacing the transmission anyway. If you end up removing the engine and front end like I am, you might as well do some work on the transmission.

Hoisting the Pontiac's 350 engine out of the engine bay.

You can see in the photos of me finally removing the Firebird’s dirty engine. The rust in the engine bay look horrible and their is much more work to do. Next, I start working on the engine and replace the front springs, shocks, & bushings.

If you have any questions, just leave them below or start your own post.

Lifting 1968 Firebird engine with manifold lift.

Problems with Pulling Out the Engine

There are a few different ways to pull out an engine and I was trying to find the best option. For my first attempt, I decided to lift the engine with a bracket bolted down to the intake manifold. With the carburetor removed, an engine lift manifold bracket can be tightened down to the surface.

I learned a lesson here and this option was a total fail on my part. I didn’t ensure the intake manifold bolts were grades strong enough for the weight. So always make sure you check the grade of the bolt first instead of rushing like I did.

Lifting 1968 Firebird engine with manifold lift.

I lifted the engine about an inch with the bracket tightened to the manifold and the bolt suddenly broke inside the stud hole as you can see from the picture. Luckily this intake manifold was the old one which is getting replaced.

Pontiac Firebird 1968 engine compartment with radiator removed for engine removal.

Part 2 of Front End & Engine Removal

Now that the Firebird’s front bumper and most of the front end is removed as shown before, I started digging in deeper to remove the engine. For this to happen, I removed the front fender wheel wells which was located as a separate layer of sheet metal under the front quarter panels. Some old cars have them connected to the quarter panels and the Pontiac Firebird doesn’t. To un-bolt the wheel wells, there are four or five bolts located under the wheel well.

Next I had to remove the radiator so you need to drain all the coolant. I placed a bucket underneath the plug and then under the bottom main hose to get it all out as you can see in the picture. I just removed the whole radiator support with the radiator attached for the time being. To remove this there are two large bolts on each side of the radiator support that have to be loosened. It sits on a rubber damper which was falling apart and needed to be replaced. (More on that later).

Step 1 to removing the 68 Pontiac Firebird engine.

With the radiator and wheel wells out of the way, I removed any components that might have got in the way when pulling out the engine. I removed the radiator fan (4 bolts), the power steering pump since it was hooked up to lines, and all other hoses & electrical wires. Be sure to mark any wires before pulling them off so you know how to put them back later. I always use masking tape and write what it is on both sides or use a reciprocal ID number.

Now you can start planning how to pull the engine out with an engine lift as I started doing in the picture above. I wasn’t sure what the best way since its the first time removing an engine from a 68 firebird.

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