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Re: O/T good hoisting points
I just use a piece of good chain, and a couple of short grade 5 or 8 bolts screwed into the block, the higher up on the block the better so it isn't unstable. One bolt each side, one bolt closer to the front, one closer to the back. A proper engine lifting chain would have plates on the end of the chain that you bolt to the engine. Also a bar with an adjustable centre allows you to balance the motor off the crane's hook to keep it level. None of which I have and I've installed a 460 into a van with air conditioning. That was probably the biggest motor and tightest spot I've worked in. I've seen bolts that are broken off on engines that have been removed and it may have been by lifting them by a bolt. Keep the bolt short and screw it down tight against the block with the eye of the chain under it and you should be good. Only lift it from the block or head, not the manifold or anything soft like the water pump,etc. (ok, I know that sounds obvious.) You drop that engine and you and that engine are toast.
Personally, I'd use an engine stand separate from the crane. To lift the motor high you may need to extend the arm. With the arm extended, how do you lower the motor onto the built in stand?