Tilt plate for engine removal

I am going to be removing the 3.8L engine out of my XK150 FHC in the New Year to freshen it up and hopefully fix the oil leaks.
I have a 2 ton shop crane (cherry picker type) and one of those screw type engine levellers; I have read the threads on here suggesting it’s more easily done with a Tilt Plate; does anyone have one of these that they would be willing to lend out to me?
I am located in BC Canada and certainly willing to pay the postage both ways.

The screw type leveler from harbor freight works just fine for me. It allows for a lot of tilt and is needed for that job.


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Thanks Kris, pictures are worth 10,000 words! My screw leveler is very similar to the one in your pictures so I’m pleased to see that it actually works, I feel a lot more comfortable with it now.
I see you had the damper/fan removed, is that necessary for clearance?

Yes, It was either remove the engine pulley and damper or cut out the bonnet latch cross brace. I also have a low ceiling in shop so limited on how high to raise the car front end vs tilt on engine. The tremec tranny is also a few inches longer than the original that adds to the challenge.

hello Graham and Kris . i do not know anything about harbor freight equipment. i never use anything i do not have proper mill certification for the material for as i have looked at lots of broken lifting gear and tools. i do have a tilt plate that i made and have used for 40+ years. will not loan but will provide picture, drawing on private email or you can visit me on Vancouver Island. certainly no disrespect intended or disputing what has been said already - just answering original question. john

I used a tilt plate but I had a lot of issues with the crank handle as it was fouling the hoist and was unable to get enough tilt ,Kris seems to have managed ok.
I finally hooked up on the second row of head studs bolts to get the tilt, with this I cleared the radiator bracket ,I then hooked up a come along around the tail of the tranny to lift it horizontal and out.
I did not remove the front pulley, but removed the steering rack bolts on the passenger side to slightly move the rack forward so the pulley could pass.

I am on Vancouver Island so if you need to discuss i will gladly pass on my number.

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Thanks everyone for the information and pictures, I feel much more confident now, Morris, it looks like a case of significant shrinkage of your gearbox on the reinstating pics :face_with_hand_over_mouth:

That picture is how I have ended up having to R & R a few Jag engines, as the tilt plate simply wont allow for a steep enough initial insert angle…using the 2nd row of studs and standard lifting bracket.

The angle of tilt does have to be adjusted as the engine & trans moves in or out.
I use a low trolley jack under trans if I have to do it on my own.

At least one helper/spotter is a godsend


Actually the two gearboxes side by side are the same length

Hi Morris, sort of off-topic, but could you tell me your head#? I have a head I’m fitting to an E-type that was the same blue color. Thanks!

The cyl head in the picture is painted blue by accident, [ lack of knowledge ]. It is now’ duck egg green ’ which it should be for a 3.4, number is a 150 number V-4141-8