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Offline bpowell

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Need advice-37 LaSalle
« on: October 10, 2017, 08:59:17 AM »
I am getting ready to remove the engine from my completely assembled 37 LaSalle.

For those of you who have done this before, should I remove the front sheet metal?

Working over and around all that sheet metal with a large chunk of iron has me a little worried.

Thanks for your help

bpowell

Offline Steve Passmore

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Re: Need advice-37 LaSalle
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2017, 09:46:14 AM »
Yes, remove as much as you can. Hood, Front clip, Rad, and bumper. Even the front fenders would be best. I left my fenders in place but boy wish I hadn't. It made it really difficult and If I had good paintwork the inner fenders would be damaged.
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Re: Need advice-37 LaSalle
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2017, 10:22:43 AM »
Thanks Steve,

That is what I was thinking.  My paint is quite good, don't want to mess that up.

Bpowell

Offline KenZ

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Re: Need advice-37 LaSalle
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2017, 03:53:07 PM »
Bpowell,
I just replaced the engine in my 1936 Cadillac 7529 with a Gantry Crane/Hoist.  I was able to remove the engine with only taking off the hood, ornament and horns.  The 1937 LaSalle would probably require the removal of the radiator.  With a Gantry Crane you can vertically lift the engine up until it clears the front clip and fenders then roll away until clear.  If equipped with side mount tires it would be beneficial to remove them also. Granted, I had to buy the Gantry but it should be useful for other projects.  I liked it better than having used a cherry picker in the past.  I can send further details and pictures if interested.  Have Fun!  KenZ     

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Re: Need advice-37 LaSalle
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2017, 06:44:43 PM »
Thanks Ken for your input.
I already own a cherry picker, so I'll probably go that way.
The bumper needs to come off anyway for some work.

A prior owner installed a 47 engine into my car and it does not fit properly. I got a 37 LaSalle engine that Eddie Jones had, and it is almost ready to go in.
Any one have a starter nose? They butchered it to make it work with the newer block.

bpowell

Offline Bobby B

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Re: Need advice-37 LaSalle
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2017, 06:50:07 PM »
Yes, remove as much as you can. Hood, Front clip, Rad, and bumper. Even the front fenders would be best. I left my fenders in place but boy wish I hadn't. It made it really difficult and If I had good paintwork the inner fenders would be damaged.

The way to go....A LOT of Weight and imbalance going on there. If you have the time, take Steve's advice. ;) It will slide right in, with very little height needed.  Been there, done that........
                                                                                                                                                                Bobby
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Offline Steve Passmore

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Re: Need advice-37 LaSalle
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2017, 03:22:58 AM »
Bpowell,
I just replaced the engine in my 1936 Cadillac 7529 with a Gantry Crane/Hoist.  I was able to remove the engine with only taking off the hood, ornament and horns.  The 1937 LaSalle would probably require the removal of the radiator.  With a Gantry Crane you can vertically lift the engine up until it clears the front clip and fenders then roll away until clear.  If equipped with side mount tires it would   KenZ   

With all due respect Ken, the room in the engine bay on a 75 is a lot more than a 50 series. 
 I recently removed the engine on my 38 LaSalle and there was not enough room to pull that motor without taking the entire front clip off. Even then the motor caught the front fenders before the transmission cleared the chassis and the oil pan cleared the cross member.
Steve

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Re: Need advice-37 LaSalle
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2017, 12:41:38 PM »
Hi Steve,
Yes, I agree there is more space in the Fleetwood.  The engine was removed by itself with separating and sliding the transmission back.  It was just a thought and in my case the engine removal and replacement went very well.  I personally cannot speak to the 1937 LaSalle.  I have past experience using hoists and cranes from my aviation back round so this was nothing really new to me.  As you may remember we discussed alot of this project.  I really appreciate your insight and by all means your opinion counts in my book!  KenZ             

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Re: Need advice-37 LaSalle
« Reply #8 on: Yesterday at 02:54:44 PM »
Hi Steve.   The old time mechanics pulled the entire "dog house"- front fenders, grille and rad assembly as a unit in order to get at the engine for removal .    Virgil Lysgaard.

Offline Steve Passmore

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Re: Need advice-37 LaSalle
« Reply #9 on: Yesterday at 05:05:46 PM »
Yes, that's how the old books used to advise. Much easier with plenty of hands.
Steve

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Re: Need advice-37 LaSalle
« Reply #10 on: Today at 11:10:50 AM »
Just me probably doing most of it. Piece by piece, but I'll get er done.

Thanks for all the advice.

Bpowell