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Can You Help Me Find This Tool?

About three years ago I did a motor rebuild on my '75 911S and used a "spreader bar" made out of around two inch square tubing that spanned the engine bay perfectly. It had a loop welded to the top in the middle and two large chains attached to the bottom on the ends that attached to the engine mount holes in the body. The tool was used to raise the rear of the car up with an engine hoist to get it high enough to slide the motor out once you lowered it from its mounts.

I loaned this tool to a "friend" and he has "misplaced" it. He's offered to replace it, but we can't seem to find one.

Anyone have an idea where I should look?

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Jack
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Just make a new one.
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Hmmm... Could you use an old motor crossbar or disconnect the motor from the existing one and lift the car with the crossbar? Just thinking out loud.
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A fab shop could make something in a couple of hours if you had a reasonable drawing of what you wanted.

Might cost you three or four hundred notes but it would be perfect for the job. Find a shop in town that builds stairs / railings / structural steel etc etc... the kind of place that builds one off items....

maybe someone will make one up.
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A local (Seattle area) friend has one of these. Contact Rex (Walter_Middie) and ask him if he knows where to obtain these.

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How about this one?

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I loaned this tool to a "friend" and he has "misplaced" it. He's offered to replace it, but we can't seem to find one.

Anyone have an idea where I should look?

Thanks.

Jack[/QUOTE]

Look under his work bench.
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I believe you are talking about the bar guys use to hoist their big V8s out of their Chevies and so on. Using an engine hoist/cherry picker.

Try Summit Racing or JEGS or even AutoZone or Checker or the like. Should be easy to find for your friend to purchase and give to you.
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That Pelican part looks even better than what I had. Mine wasn't home made. It came from another Pelican. Unfortunately, he doesn't remember where he got it.

It's beginning to feel like this thing never really existed.

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Jack,

I built mine myself. I got some chain and square tubing that the chain fit inside. Then cut up the square tubing to fit the distance between the rear motor mounts. I had a friend weld the pieces together, ran the chain through, and attached a hook to it in 2 places.

This is a great tool - you drop the engine on the ground, then pick up the rear of the car with an engine hoist. No jacking the car way up and hoping it doesn't fall off the wobbly jack stands. Once the engine is out, this fixture can lift either just the engine or both the engine and trans since it has 2 different lift hooks.

I'll try and find some pictures later tonight.
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They were sold on Flea-bay by a fellow from PA if I remember correctly. Yellow & designed to hoist the back of the 911 as you describe.

He also sold a nice engine hoist bar w two positions to lift depending on if you had the tranny still on the engine or not.

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Len,

The tool shown in my pictures can be used for both lifting the rear of the car and lifting the engine. Notice the 2 lifting hooks - the one in the middle for lifting the engine alone, and the one on the end for lifting both the engine and trans together. Great tool, and much easier and safer than trying to jack the car up with a floor jack and 2x4s.
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Hi Walter, you are right now that I look at your pics closely.

The Yellow one I referred to is in fact the one offered by our host and the same one I bought off Flea-Bay many years back.

Either version would be handy to have.

Len


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Thanks for all the info guys.

I think I'm gonna make up one like Rex's.

By the way, how does it attach to the motor mount holes? Like the Pelican tool?

Jack
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Yes - the tool attaches to the motor mount holes to raise the car. I just use the motor mount bolts and run them through the ends of the chain.
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They were sold on Flea-bay by a fellow from PA if I remember correctly. Yellow & designed to hoist the back of the 911 as you describe.

He also sold a nice engine hoist bar w two positions to lift depending on if you had the tranny still on the engine or not.

Len

The one listed in the Pelican catalog is the same one that, in a past time, was listed in e-bay by Wilding Engineering.
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Body Hoist...

Here's my solution to the shaky jack stands for the engine drop. The only problem is that you need to borrow one more engine hoist, and make the fixtures that bolt up to the axles. However once all of this is in place it works really slick.

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