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Old 07-07-2012, 08:46 PM   #1
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engine bay work from the top...

While working in the engine bay from above what methods do you all use to keep from ruining your back, ruining the paint finish and reaching in there......just curious as my neck is killing me!

I am sure there are those on here with a crafty set-up!

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Old 07-07-2012, 09:09 PM   #2
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I don't think there's really a way to avoid those cramps and aches from odd angles and squeezing from working above; however a clean blanket or towel overlaid should suffice in protecting the paint.
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Old 07-07-2012, 09:28 PM   #3
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Working on the engine from top is like reaching for the last potato chip in a big bag, usually I lean forward in a diving like position, but not enough room for the elbow..
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I use a thick clean quilted moving pad (like the type that furniture movers use) to protect the car. Once the car is protected, there's not much that you can do to save your back/neck from an additional 30 years of wear per hour.
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Old 07-08-2012, 09:39 AM   #5
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Okay thought you guys were going to hit me with raising the car to chest level or something!

Too many years riding sport bikes I guess starting to feel that low clip on kink in the back of neck.....
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If its a big job, ie taking out the intakes, AOS, consider taking off the trunk lid and sitting/kneeling in the trunk.
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Yes this could be the way....how hard is it to fit the lid back in place??
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Try levitating . It works for me .
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Try levitating . It works for me .
Yeah but I swore off those techniques after leaving the Section...
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Old 07-09-2012, 11:01 AM   #10
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How about a cable and pulley system, like in the first Mission Impossible movie? Boxster Impossible, lol.
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I use non slip fender covers to protect the paint and why do you think dealerships charge all that money to fix your car. Either top or bottom, it's a job...but the rewards are great...just think about driving your Porsche when making those repairs.
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You could build one of these:

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Either top or bottom, it's a job...but the rewards are great...just think about driving your Porsche when making those repairs.
Yes I know, the rewards are great, but I replaced the AOS last Thursday leaning on my chest on top of the fender and four days latter still very sore...

The satisfaction..? Priceless

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How about a cable and pulley system, like in the first Mission Impossible movie? Boxster Impossible, lol.
..Not to forget the straps and harness.. garage ceiling here we come.
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