Join Date: May 2008
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Re: 4.3 engine removal
on a 4x4 you must take the engine by itself. When I did it I spent 2 days trying to get it out with the trans and every extra piece attached that I could, but when I decided that it just wouldn't come out. I took the trans off, the torque converter off the engine and left it with the trans, took off the passenger side exhaust manifold, intake manifold and distributor, and starter, ( you need the starter out to get at the torque converter bolts) and lifted it almost straight up. Then it was out in no time.
Don't try to take the engine out with anything else attached to it unless you want to unbolt the body and lift the body 6 - 8 inches.
It goes in the same way, nothing but the flexplate attached to the back of the motor. I set the engine in and had it bolted to the trans etc in less than 2 hours by myself. It took a few more hours to put the intake and exhaust and wire it back up.