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So I’ve had my Z since 1980 and in that time, it’s had 4 colors, original white, Porsche Guards Red, Chevrolet Hugger Yellow and now back to white. I recall 4 engines. The original, two that I built (stockish with compression bump and balancing) and now the Rebello motor. The motor is still out because I decided to repaint the engine compartment and it exceedingly tedious. I’m down to the firewall now though, so we are getting close. My question is, can I stab the engine in with the headers and intake installed? I’ve always done them after it was in. 

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Yes but use lots of packing blankets to protect the paint AND use one of those engine levelers to help make it easier.

Disconnecting the steering linkage will give more room to play.

 

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tips:

 

I recall once jacking the back up at the differential to get better angles when the garage had a low ceiling for the engine crane.

 

Getting the engine as high as possible helps.

 

Ensuring the bottom of the crane can slide under the car to line the engine up on the centre line is important. Do a test run of the crane with no engine first. Sometimes a low air dam is a problem.

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Jim, this is slightly off topic, but as it is my topic, I’m going to take a little license here. I have always loved your car. But now having actually read the small print in your signature lines, I am totally smitten. I’ve owned mine since 1980, but I’m the second owner. I am grateful to the original owner who bought just about everything in the Datsun Competition Catalog and then sold it to me to “save his marriage” (it didn’t work). Your car and you are on my short list of best Z cars I’ve seen! I’m also a IZCC member from back-in-the-day, but I’m not on the OO list and I’m about member 2500? 

Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

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Just did mine last night with intake/exhaust installed. I wrapped a heavy tow strap around the transmission bellhousing, and the area just before the transmission, being careful to spread the load. You just have to watch the roll of the engine, because it'll want to rub against brackets and things bolted to the driver's side firewall. 8267f8aa361ff5da6f10376010db03e1.jpg

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You can do it, no problem if you take your time.  I also used one of these to tilt the engine as it's installed.

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2 hours ago, Mike said:
2 hours ago, Mike said:

You can do it, no problem if you take your time.  I also used one of these to tilt the engine as it's installed.

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I use one of those but I took the handle off and use an impact gun to move the load around

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I use one of those but I took the handle off and use an impact gun to move the load around

....and make sure the handle end is towards the front of the car. I know a guy that screwed that part up...
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1 hour ago, Patcon said:

I use one of those but I took the handle off and use an impact gun to move the load around

Just did that !

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12 hours ago, wheee! said:

Drool.... 24(0) karat gold block....

I offered to paint the engine for the guy so he wouldn’t have a red engine in a green car. He picked gold - and I’m digging it- lol - get it!

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32 minutes ago, madkaw said:

 I’m digging it

Oy. That hurt.

If that were mine, I wouldn't be in any rush to paint it that color.

There.... We're even.

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Trust the Captain to dredge up another pun... I smelt it a mile away!

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