Engine Removal 1997 Safari

Engine Removal 1997 Safari

Postby Customcomp [OP] » September 14th 2009, 12:16pm

I am new to the Astrosafari forum - Hello from Canada! I am replacing an engine in my son's 1997 Safari van. The engine bottom end failed and loss oil pressure. I have read a few posts and have identied my van as one with a welding in radiator support. I need to know where to get the bracket for cutting the support. Any ideas? As I am a home DIY'er I am going to remove the engine through the front as I do not have a shop with a lift. How much do I have to take offf to get the engine out this way? Thx rich
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Re: Engine Removal 1997 Safari

Postby ASTROJOE LT1 » September 14th 2009, 1:00pm

Good Morning Rich and Welcome to our forum. We will all see if we can help you through your engine removal. I don't think they make a bracket to patch up the radiator support after you cut it. . There are members here that have taken the engine out the front and ones that have dropped the subframe so I am sure you will get quite a few opinions.Mine is an older model but this picture shows about how much you have to remove.
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Re: Engine Removal 1997 Safari

Postby Customcomp [OP] » September 14th 2009, 9:30pm

Thanks Astrojoe - What a sweet ride. The Haynes book shows the brackets to assist cutting the rad support but I have searched and come up dry. Help anybody!
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Re: Engine Removal 1997 Safari

Postby ihatemybike » September 14th 2009, 9:45pm

What about undoing the wiring harness and other connections unbolting the sub-frame and lifting the front of the van off. I've seen pics where people support the front of the van using an engine hoist and then wheel the sub-frame out from underneath.
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Re: Engine Removal 1997 Safari

Postby Customcomp [OP] » September 15th 2009, 2:28am

Thanks for the reply Ihatemy bike. I have seen this method detailed on this site but it requires more hoisting equipment than I have. All I have is a hydraulic engine hoist. I really need the cutting brackets. someone has to have used them.
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Re: Engine Removal 1997 Safari

Postby cool95astro » April 1st 2015, 6:08pm

I have a 95 astro the first time I changed engines I cut the core header next to where the sides of the radiator go when I was done I welded it back in a saw makes a thin cut easy to mig back in.
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