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Old 10-24-2013, 07:34 PM
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Crossmember issues.

So I find myself in quite a Pickle.

My truck is gaining mileage very quick (40k this year already) and as soon as I hit 350k or decide to add some serious power I want to rebuild the engine with mahle coated pistons and rings, new crank and cam bearings, gaskets, head gaskets studs, fire ring ect. And im going to rebuild my turbo while im in there.

Anyway I have no means of removing my engine, I want to inframe it since ive rebuilt many Maxxforce DT engines I want to do it to my truck.

Is there anyway I can yank the rivets out remove the crossmember without butchering it and use some grade 8 bolts to secure it back in?
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Old 10-25-2013, 02:01 AM
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I think for the amount of work involved in doing that correctly you are better off just pulling the motor.

Engine hoist are cheap.
The whole front of the truck come off
Start to finish it's like a 4 hour job to remove the engine.
And you can't properly reseal the oil pan in the truck, Should be done upside down.

As far as an engine stand goes, I'm cheap and combined 2, so I could support it front and back, just removed the front cover and used 4 random bolt holes on the front. Then I could still turn it over and everything.
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Old 10-25-2013, 04:43 PM
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How many miles are on your truck now? Just run it to 700,000 miles....that should buy you some time to buy an engine lift.
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Old 10-25-2013, 05:30 PM
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If you have enough money to fire ring and the whole 9 yards as you say, then buy a cherry picker for $250 or less on craiglist and a harbor freight 2000lb stand for $130.

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Old 10-26-2013, 07:39 AM
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the engine bolts to the crossmember(one piece) so either way you have to suspend the engine......why not just pull it out, that way you can paint the block and make it look nice and clean the engine bay bay while its out?
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