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I've used every method and haven't really had more or less problems with any of them. 

The key I think, is the support equipment (I built my own crane) and help you have or don't have. I prefer to work alone.

My preferred method is as pictured. Six cylinders are a little tougher due to their obvious length. I stuff it in until the trans is in an low enough that the crossmember can be loosely bolted on. Then you just raise the back of the trans as you lower the engine into it's mounts. It helps if the front wheels are on the ground and the rear is supported well up on axle stands.

In the below installation neither the engine or trans touched the body.

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Originally posted by tached_out tached_out wrote:

I've used every method and haven't really had more or less problems with any of them. 

The key I think, is the support equipment (I built my own crane) and help you have or don't have. I prefer to work alone.

My preferred method is as pictured. Six cylinders are a little tougher due to their obvious length. I stuff it in until the trans is in an low enough that the crossmember can be loosely bolted on. Then you just raise the back of the trans as you lower the engine into it's mounts. It helps if the front wheels are on the ground and the rear is supported well up on axle stands.

In the below installation neither the engine or trans touched the body.



I also prefer to work alone, and that’s exactly how I’ve done it many times in and out of the Javelin. The key is definitely raising the rear of the car. I was under the impression I wouldn’t be able to squeeze the engine and transmission in together though in a Hornet. Although I’m looking at a picture of you doing just that with a straight 6.
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Originally posted by Red20 Red20 wrote:

I’ve read some other threads and talked to some experienced AMC guys, but I thought I’d put this thread out there as I prepare to install my 360 into the 1973 AMC Hornet Sportabout X I picked up the other day. Fitment-wise, it has Patriot Clippster shorty headers and tall aluminum valve covers going into a PB, PS, V8 car.

Here’s some anecdotal info I have so far:

-Start it canted a little to the passenger side and swing it straight as you lower it.
-Loosen the transmission crossmember bolts most of the way to lower the rear of the transmission
-Jack up the front of the transmission and tilt engine rearward then slowly advance them together until dowel pins slide in.
-Put engine mount pads in crossmember first with nuts just started and bolt to engine once it’s in place using a punch or screwdriver to center mounts to engine threaded holes.
-Use a mini starter.
-Get drunk and do it at 2AM.

I fully understand the last one. Kidding... Any value to the others?

I think it going to be difficult from the top with the headers on...I just did the Concord from the bottom with the l/side header on and drive acc. on....I think i could have put the r/side header on i didn`t want to take the chance of scratching anything...
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Do it from below.
I put the entire engine, transmission and transfer case, with exhaust, etc. into my car with one arm tied behind my back.
OK, it wasn't tied behind my back - it was in a sling in front of me. I am very left-handed. My left bicep had been surgically reattached a few days before I put the engine back into my car. 
So I literally did this without full use of both arms. I used my gantry crane with chain hoist, and a home-made dolly and transmission jack. I got the engine into position, lowered the car back onto stands and then used the chain hoist to pull the engine up so the cross-member bolts could be put back in and used the transmission jack to raise the rear and put the bolts in that cross member. Done.




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