Lifting motor out of frame

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Lifting motor out of frame

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Post by panhead_kicker » Tue Oct 06, 2009 3:07 am

Does anyone have a particular method of lifting the motor up out of the frame to work bench height? I don't want to have to wrestle it by hand. I have briefly thought of attaching a lift to the motor mount between the heads. Anyone know if this is safe or do I risk the mount bending or pulling the mount stud out of a head?



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Re: Lifting motor out of frame

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Post by FlatHeadSix » Tue Oct 06, 2009 3:49 am

kicker
I usually get one of my sons to help, we just lift the engine in or out by hand. It really is not that bad if you have an extra pair of hands on it.

I know this isn't the answer you were looking for but that's the way I've always done them.

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Re: Lifting motor out of frame

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Post by fourthgear » Tue Oct 06, 2009 4:46 am

Nice to have a extra pair of hands . I tip the mtr out heads first and then lift it to a stool next to the bike & then two of us lift it to the engine stand. Goes back in the same way ,with the other hands on the left side of the bike to guide it into the frame.

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Re: Lifting motor out of frame

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Post by doug_heisel » Tue Oct 06, 2009 3:36 pm

I might also sugest using the thin foam packing material you get some parts in to wrap your frame before pulling the engine I just wrap it around the frame where the engine might touch and secure it with zip ties. it'll keep your frame from getting dinged and scratched. but yeah i just lift it in and out by hand but I always make sure I have some one arround to help me too. :D

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Re: Lifting motor out of frame

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Post by Bosheff » Tue Oct 06, 2009 11:07 pm

Pull the top end off 1st. Less weight, and not nearly as akward to handle....bosheff

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Re: Lifting motor out of frame

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Post by rrhawg » Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:00 am

Doug,
I have a small cable winch attached to a I beam, between two other I beams, that I can roll across my work area and I use it to move the motors in and out of frames and to set them on the work bench. It works quite well. I just hook on to a bracket to the motormounts tip the heads out and go a little at a time.
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Re: Lifting motor out of frame

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Post by panhead_kicker » Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:08 am

RRhawg,
If I understand you correctly, you hook to the top motor mounts on the heads and lift from there?

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Re: Lifting motor out of frame

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Post by rrhawg » Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:14 am

panhead_kicker wrote:RRhawg,
If I understand you correctly, you hook to the top motor mounts on the heads and lift from there?
Yes

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Re: Lifting motor out of frame

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Post by pusher » Wed Oct 07, 2009 12:22 pm

I definitely would suggest taking the heads/cylinders off first. It's only a few bolts each side and definitely worth protecting the parts (smashing off fins, scraping off paint, droppin the motor, you name it).

I can see why you would want to leave the top end complete if you've got a motor in working order and just need to paint the frame/etc

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Re: Lifting motor out of frame

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Post by Kuda » Wed Oct 07, 2009 3:14 pm

May not help you, but when I was pulling and installing the motor 7 or 8 times a day (trying to get frame mounts level and motor shimmed correctly) I ended up using a stout board (1" x 8", 24" long) attached with flat hooks to the left side of the frame. Then it was simply a matter of sliding the motor out the left side until the bottom hit edge of the board, then tilting it back until the bottom of the motor was above the board, then push (carefully) until the motor was on the board, then slide it down the "ramp" into the engine stand. Once it's on the stand, I can lift it onto the bench no problem. It's trying to get it in and out of the frame without chipping/denting/breaking fins etc. that's tricky...

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Re: Lifting motor out of frame

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Post by panhead_kicker » Sun Oct 18, 2009 3:38 pm

Thanks for the ideas everyone. I had a portable automotive electric winch that I hung from a beam in the garage. While it specifically states it is NOT TO BE USED AS A LIFTING DEVICE, it does work pretty well lifting a pan motor straight up and down. Finding something to hook to was the trick. A heavy aftermarket top motor mount woked fine and allowed the motor to travel very plumb. If any one is interested, a pan weighs about 117 lbs without the generator and carb.

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