Been Using Issue 18

It’s finally time to load the rebuilt engine and ‘box into the Blue Meanie! And one tool that makes the job a whole lot easier is a good load leveller, such as this Sealey LS501. It hooks onto your engine crane and uses either chains with bolt-able brackets to attach it your engine, or just straps slung through the D-hooks, as seen here.

It’s a simple but brilliant concept; by adjusting the location of the main hook in a fore-and-aft plane, you can adjust whether the engine is tail-end-up or down. This means you can crane your engine and ‘box in as a unit without battering your bulkhead or having your ‘box tailshaft digging into the ground.

The one problem I came across was that the adjusting handle fouled on the jib of the crane; not a problem for the majority of users who’ll be craning transverse FWD engines, but it was for me. Also, because my crane has a hook on a chain, and the load leveller has a top hook and two D-hooks bottom, the end of the crane was about eight feet up (almost at maximum extension) before the engine began to think about clearing the car’s slam panel.

It worked, though, and the added manoeuvrability made dropping the whole assembly in an absolute doddle. The LS501 is rated to over 600kg/1,300lbs, so it’s good for all but the heaviest diesels, and you’ll find them on or at your local Sealey stockist.