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Mounting Engine Cradle
Posted by: hydroman ()
Date: October 01, 2017 10:27AM

Time to mount my engine cradle. What is the best position to mount on jack?

Bob Burrell
1968 Monza Convertible
140 (110 with 140 heads)
PG (ID: AF)
Yuba City, Ca

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Re: Mounting Engine Cradle
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: October 01, 2017 04:02PM

I've never mounted one of those on a low jack but my high-lift jack's engine cradle mounts in two positions. One puts the jack's lifting pad just forward of the fan and the other just aft of the fan. These are the balance points for the whole enchilada and just the engine. 99% of the time I pull the whole package.

Adjust your cradle so the jacks lifting pad is at the appropriate balance point for what you're doing.

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
60 Monza coupe (sold, sniff sniff)
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
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Re: Mounting Engine Cradle
Posted by: davemotohead ()
Date: October 01, 2017 04:18PM

My main comp with all my pictures blew up so all I have right now is a iPad, Nick Shu says mount it center for the engine only and towards the Handel for the power pack, I believe he mounted both plates even towards the Handel side, your first pic is not the way to mount it as it it will tip towards the trans side, I would mount the bottom plate of the cradle even with the plate of the jack towards the handle side of the jack and that will work for the power pack complete or just the engine by itself.





Email me at: Dave Motohead

1960 4dr sedan caveman car
1961 Rampside (Chetside)
1962 Rampside (Barnside)
1962 Short Rampside (Shortside)
1962 Monza 700 Wagon
1963 Monza 900 coup (General Nader)

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Re: Mounting Engine Cradle
Posted by: hydroman ()
Date: October 01, 2017 04:24PM

Thanks Dave. I want to be able to pull complete.

Bob Burrell
1968 Monza Convertible
140 (110 with 140 heads)
PG (ID: AF)
Yuba City, Ca

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Re: Mounting Engine Cradle
Posted by: davemotohead ()
Date: October 01, 2017 04:26PM

I think just opposite of your first pic will work for everything.





Email me at: Dave Motohead

1960 4dr sedan caveman car
1961 Rampside (Chetside)
1962 Rampside (Barnside)
1962 Short Rampside (Shortside)
1962 Monza 700 Wagon
1963 Monza 900 coup (General Nader)

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Re: Mounting Engine Cradle
Posted by: matchlessmo ()
Date: October 04, 2017 04:02AM

I mounted my cradle all the way forward and flush with jack plate, toward jack handle works great on harbor freight 800 poound jack👍


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Re: Mounting Engine Cradle
Posted by: Nickshu ()
Date: October 04, 2017 05:15AM

Yes as Dave said towards the handle (flush w/ the handle end of the platform) on that jack.

I had mine centered at first and it was a little tippy with the transaxle attached. Moved it to the handle end of the platform and it worked great and stable.

Nick
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Re: Mounting Engine Cradle
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: October 09, 2018 10:43AM

Used the existing threaded holes.

Found good bolts in my metric stash.

Set it up for the entire power pack.

Motor only needed...more holes later.

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Re: Mounting Engine Cradle
Posted by: davemotohead ()
Date: October 09, 2018 10:59AM

A Mod that Rick Norris made was to remove the plastic tilt handle Under the oil pan section of the jack and shorten it a bit then weld a hex head onto it so you can turn it with a wrench, he said it works much better that way.





Email me at: Dave Motohead

1960 4dr sedan caveman car
1961 Rampside (Chetside)
1962 Rampside (Barnside)
1962 Short Rampside (Shortside)
1962 Monza 700 Wagon
1963 Monza 900 coup (General Nader)

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Re: Mounting Engine Cradle
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: October 09, 2018 12:45PM

I've always wondered why those knobs are not where you can use them. I've go a Mac tools jack and the knobs are terrible. I guess it's because there is no where to put them on a jack that lowers that close to the ground. My tall jack has better knob positions but the minimum height is about 3 feet.

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Re: Mounting Engine Cradle
Posted by: word1 ()
Date: October 10, 2018 01:40PM

I recently purchased the HF 800lb trans jack and noticed the tilt knobs/handles are now metal instead of plastic.
You still have limited leverage as they are small in diameter, but at least you feel it won't come off in your hand!

_jay word
Rome, GA
1965 140/4 Corsa

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Re: Mounting Engine Cradle
Posted by: monza67 ()
Date: October 10, 2018 06:12PM

One thing I don't like about this jack is that you can't lower the jack using the handle...you have to turn the knob on the jack. Has anyone modified this so you don't have to reach under the engine to lower the jack?
Chuck P.

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Re: Mounting Engine Cradle
Posted by: jwilsman ()
Date: October 10, 2018 07:05PM

Awesome information. I was wondering the same thing the other day.

-Jeff
St Louis, MO
SMCC
64 Monza coupe
64 Monza Vert

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