Unloading a New Chevy Performance ERod Crate Engine
Did the title fool you? Yeah, we knew you’d fall for it! The reality here is we're not talking about the engine under the hood but rather an engine in the bed of the truck. There’s always the throw it in reverse and slam on the brakes method but that usually is only suitable for Looney Toons antics. The correct method is to use an engine hoist (aka Cherry Picker) and lift it up and out of the bed. The problem is what is one to do if it’s sitting too far forward in the bed and can’t quite reach it with the engine hoist and you don’t really feel like getting a hernia trying to pull out a big heavy engine?
Jp Magazine’s Editor-In-Chief, Christian Hazel was just unpacking a new Chevy Performance ERod 5.3-liter crate engine off the back of his ’72 Jeep J4000 truck. Well as it turns out, the pallet was loaded a ways in front of the rear axle centerline to keep the J-Truck balanced while hauling the precious cargo. Unfortunately this also meant that Hazel’s cherry picker could not reach all the way to the front of the bed. Rather than put some major elbow grease into getting the engine to the edge of the bed, Hazel devised an ingenious plan and used the winch line off his flat fender DJ-3A to pull the new ERod Crate Engine to the edge of the bed within reach of the cherry picker.
Check out the video of this genius solution to an otherwise sweat dripping task!
Watch for the smog-legal install in a future issue of Jp magazine!