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An unorthodox engine drop... into the hole (pics)

Unfortunately, I built this pit long before buying my first 911, so I wasn't sure this drop would actually work. Would the engine/transmission fit? Looked tight.

Figured I'd end up doing it solo, so I wanted to be sure engine stability wouldn't be a concern during lowering. I added these rubber cushions, cut as necessary to distribute the weight and balance the load without damaging anything on the underside. Rubber cost about $6 using HF mallets. Cut off the handles and screwed them to this metal cart I had laying around. Came in handy. I put an oil/gas resistant coating on the wood base, anticipating leaking, but not much mess at all.



Weight is concentrated on the centermost rubber cushions, at the case. The ones below the heat exchangers are for balance only.



The engine was very stable as it lowered. Fortunately, no problems doing it solo. This shot below shows how tight the clearance was. Less than an inch on either side... Whew...was I relieved!
The muffler had to come off first, though, because the tail pipe would've hit the concrete tracks. That was okay since it ended up being easier to move the engine backwards during lowering.




...and down, down, down, into the abyss. No jacking of the car required, so didn't have to worry about car stability. Good, 'cause I'm a chicken when it comes to being under raised cars



The cart is one of those HF hydraulic ones, rated at 1,100 lbs.(?). It raises to the perfect height to make this sort of drop possible. Then just roll the car away and raise the engine back out 'o pit. The engine/tranny were then rolled away on the wheeled (red) cart. Pretty fun.
Old 01-25-2004, 12:26 PM
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