Garage Projects

The Lone Ranger – Chaining down the motor

Since I was having a little bit of trouble keeping the drivers side motor mount together (I think I have that resolved at this point). There was a need for a little more insurance in making sure the motor stays put.

Not an original idea as I’ve seen a few other do this, hopefully it works out as well for me.

For my year 4.0, ford put this cute little shock here to dampen motor vibes:
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Out came the cutting wheel, and on went a chain in its place:
Sara L.: Build and Misc &emdash;

I put some tension on the chain prior to welding it. I also welded the link to the plate that shock mounted to. This was done in hopes that if/when I need to pull the chain off, I can just unbolt the plate.

Update Edit 7/3/11:
I’ve had to swap out motor mounts, it worked out great to be able to unbolt the chain to get the lift I need. I think that mount that I’m using (on the motor side) Might be bending a bit though. I’ll keep an eye on it and update again after another wheeling trip.

Update 8/1/11:
Well I got another run with this setup. I’m still going to keep the chain around as I haven’t gotten a motor mount setup that works that well yet. No ill effects have been noticed by using that mount as a chain support.

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