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Old 03-12-2019, 04:57 AM
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Good morning guys.
So Iím about to be b series finally and going to do my swap. Currently pulling the single cam. gotra finish pulling it out around noon. Just held in by the last 2 mounts right now.
Anyways I just was wondering if anyone had any tips on the bracket install when I go to put my b20 in.
ive pulled & installed my single cam before which was easy.
But ive always had a problem with the rear t bracket & motor mount. Itís always a bitch for me.
Is there a certain way or order anyone recommends to follow?
I usually drop it in with the t bracket on the motor.
Iím thinking about leaving the t bracket off completely then install it last this time ? Maybe use the jack to move the motor if needed?

i am ripping out my power steering rack and going manual steering so Iím assuming I should have a little bit more room to finagle the bracket & bolts around in there
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I like to get the engine and transmission in the engine bay very close to level and in the area where you would attach the L and R frame mounts (engine mount on the left and upper transmission on the right) but don't install them yet... first, drag the entire engine hoist and engine back away from the front of the car, essentially moving the engine/trans toward the radiator and front core support as far as you can without damaging anything. Four to six inches will do the trick. Once there, you can sneak in the rear "T" bracket. Slide the rear opening around the rear mount and start the bolt in it... then align the front opening of the "T" bracket with the block flange and slowly push the engine hoist and engine forward moving the engine toward the firewall until the hole in the block aligns with the front "T" bracket hole... start this bolt as well. Now, you can align the engine and transmission mounts. Once they are installed, the engine will hang safely in the engine bay and the engine hoist can be removed.

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I like to get the engine and transmission in the engine bay very close to level and in the area where you would attach the L and R frame mounts (engine mount on the left and upper transmission on the right) but don't install them yet... first, drag the entire engine hoist and engine back away from the front of the car, essentially moving the engine/trans toward the radiator and front core support as far as you can without damaging anything. Four to six inches will do the trick. Once there, you can sneak in the rear "T" bracket. Slide the rear opening around the rear mount and start the bolt in it... then align the front opening of the "T" bracket with the block flange and slowly push the engine hoist and engine forward moving the engine toward the firewall until the hole in the block aligns with the front "T" bracket hole... start this bolt as well. Now, you can align the engine and transmission mounts. Once they are installed, the engine will hang safely in the engine bay and the engine hoist can be removed.

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hey thanks for the reply! I completely get what youíre saying. I will be trying that within the next week.
Going to clean up the bay some before dropping back in. thanks again
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All I can say is thst I used long socket extensions, angle adapter, energon cubes, patience, swearing and elbow grease
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All I can say is thst I used long socket extensions, angle adapter, energon cubes, patience, swearing and elbow grease
thatís how it usually goes🤣
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I like to get the engine and transmission in the engine bay very close to level and in the area where you would attach the L and R frame mounts (engine mount on the left and upper transmission on the right) but don't install them yet... first, drag the entire engine hoist and engine back away from the front of the car, essentially moving the engine/trans toward the radiator and front core support as far as you can without damaging anything. Four to six inches will do the trick. Once there, you can sneak in the rear "T" bracket. Slide the rear opening around the rear mount and start the bolt in it... then align the front opening of the "T" bracket with the block flange and slowly push the engine hoist and engine forward moving the engine toward the firewall until the hole in the block aligns with the front "T" bracket hole... start this bolt as well. Now, you can align the engine and transmission mounts. Once they are installed, the engine will hang safely in the engine bay and the engine hoist can be removed.

Good luck.
just wanted to say thanks again. Swaps in running great ! I just need to raise my car because this **** is way heavier than d series. But I didnít have a problem with the t bracket at all with your info.
Mounted the tranny side & timing side then was able to just move/rock the motor forward from underneath the oil pan (by myself, Iím a small person) and sneak the t bracket in with complete EASE.
I was really not looking forward to installing it but it was actually the easiest part to do lol.
Thanks again !!
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