<VV> Late model engine installation

Seth Emerson sethracer at aol.com
Mon Dec 11 16:01:52 EST 2017

Carl - Could you? Probably, should you? .. Uh .. No.  Perhaps you could rent a "cherry-picker" portable hoist to lower the engine to the ground, or better onto a moving dolly - We have Harbor Freight for those dollies here. Square wooden 2" x 3" with four casters. I like the ATV hoists for lifting the engine into place. If you drop the motor onto the correct location on the moving dolly, you can lift the transaxle up and slide it on. (Perhaps your transmission lifter can help here.  Then the assembly can be lifted up into place. Yes to doing that before the attachment of the suspension. The only pain of the suspension install is the alignment of the lower arm brackets to the differential housing. By the way, if you do end up "lifting/dropping"<grin> the engine off the stand, it is much easier to do with the sheet metal around the top sides removed. The intake manifolds are a good place to grab. No so, the sheet metal.  - Seth

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From: Arlette Pat & Carl Kelsen via VirtualVairs <virtualvairs at corvair.org>
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Subject: <VV> Late model engine installation

G’day everyone from sunny Australia where we have just started on Summer!

I apologise if I have asked the following questions before? But I would like to clarify my understanding of Corvair engine installation, particularly as this will be my first attempt at a Corvair engine installation.

In the next few days I will be installing my completely restored engine and complete drive train including the rear suspension back into our right hand drive 1965 Monza convertible. Here are my questions:

The engine is currently bolted to an engine stand. I am of the view that with the help of two of my friends, the three of us should be able to lift the engine off the engine stand and on to the transmission lifter that I intend to used.

Do you think 3 healthy (66 year old) Australians could lift a fully assembled Corvair engine?

I will of course install the engine, differential and transmission as a single unit. And I intend to do this in the following order.
A) Install the engine/transmission assembly.
B) Install the rear suspension assembly.

Should I install the rear suspension first, before installing the engine? It seems to me much better to install the engine first, but I wonder what everyone views are?

Kind regards from ‘down under’ in Australia
Carl Kelsen
RHD 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Monza convertible
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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