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I bought one of those HF 1000lb engine support tools for about $50 so I couldnt pass it up. I need to drop the subframe in the 1995 LQ1 Vert to get at a few things but I`m unsure where to hook the chains up to the engine/trans on the passenger side or front of the engine. On the drivers side it looks like I can route the chain around the trans casing its self but if someone knows a better way to go about it I`d appreciate the advice. 

Need to replace the R/P and fix the pressure sensor leak and harness, the rear subframe bushings are wobbly and I want to change the oil pan gasket while I`m down there.  

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Don't "wrap" a chain "around" anything.

Find bolts that are at least 1/2"(10mm), and connect a chain to those bolts.  You may need longer bolts.  That's what Home Depot is for. :)


You want to connect to the block or the tranny.  If the engine has support braces, those are good places to connect to.
Note: Do not connect a chain to the intake or the timing cover.  The stress and chain could crack/damage either of those.
 

I've attached pictures from when I did the head gasket, and the crank and rod bearings, on my '94 Achieva DOHC Quad4.  You can see that I used muffler clamps over the bolts, to make things easy. :)

The engine had ~190K miles on it at that point.  So, I decided to replace the crank and rod bearings at the same time.  The bearing replacement, and having to drop the oil pan, is the reason I needed to use the engine support bar. 
Note: For just a head gasket change on a Quad4, an engine support bar is not needed.


If I was dropping the sub-frame, then I would have used a chain.
Make sure that the engine brace can not tilt or fall.
 


The top picture shows how I used a scissor jack to re-position the engine, when I was reinstalling an engine mount.

The bottom picture shows how the engine support brace fit over a bolt on the strut tower.  That kept the brace from moving.


 

Good Luck!
 

 

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Edited by Cutlass350

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Thanks for the advice, Ive never seen one used before and given the length of chain that came with it that seemed the way. I`ll have to take some things off but theres two black metal pieces with loops in them I think I can use. I`ll take some pics before I get to far.

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Don't know about the 3.4, but the 3.1 has lifting points which work decently well with the chains on the Harbour Freight support bar.   This is the setup I used to change the oil pan gasket.

 

 

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On Tuesday, September 03, 2019 at 5:14 AM, pitzel said:

Don't know about the 3.4, but the 3.1 has lifting points which work decently well with the chains on the Harbour Freight support bar.   This is the setup I used to change the oil pan gasket.

:thumbsup:


Iirc, the Quad4 and the LX5 (3.5L V6) also have one or more lifting points.
When I did the Quad4 head gasket and bearings, I had to remove the head.  So, the lifting points also had to come off. :-P

Btw, some times, the lifting brackets(if separate) may have been removed and not put back on.  I did that on my Mustang, since the bracket was a PITA, and often in the way.  For many older V8 Mustangs, it's rare to see the factory engine hoist brackets still on the engine. :)

 

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