How to work on in-place engine...

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...with less pain?
I just replaced my injectors. Most of the time I was laying over the radiator or further in.
I had a shipping blanket folded up for a cushion. In some positions I couldn't breathe so could only work for short spans. Have you all found better techniques for less pain and suffering?
I'm picturing one of those ceiling hoists used to store Jeep tops. LOL
 

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Plenty of days of sore ribs laying over my radiator cap when I did my head gaskets in the truck.

Best bet would be a 'Topside or Engine Creeper', but they're still pricey (No Harbor Freight option yet).
 

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I made a wooden frame that went across from fender to fender and across the hood latch area. It was about 18“ wide and I had an old foam couch cushion. World of difference. I do have a top side creeper now though.
 

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I have kids. I'm training them to enjoy mechanical stuff. Right now, I give them instructions on stuff to do to lawn mowers that we sell for profit and I give them a cut of the proceeds. At a certain point, I should be able to prop on the fender and make sure that the fan is blowing directly at me while giving instructions to one of my son's on what I want them to do. That should be a more comfortable way to work "under the hood" but sitting on a chair might be better but you won't be able to see what they're doing. That's my plan. As far as doing the work yourself, there's no easy answers, only bloody nuckles, sore ribs, and thick grease everywhere.
 

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Mine looks like this.
 

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I don’t see the remote and cup holder
I noticed that yours has a tool bag. I'm sure that is handy.

All-terrain casters can be bought for a reasonable price. I will need those also.
I have a 2-car garage but my wife's car and my old Benz live in there.
I'm working on my truck under a portable garage/tent. Until my PowerBall ticket comes through.
 

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One day, a shop with a lift. Right now a 2 car carport and a good size asphalt circle drive. Spilling diesel on asphalt is miserable.
 

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Have you ever tried scrubbing it with Dawn and rinsing with water. I spilled some on a friends concrete driveway and did that, it didn’t leave a stain.
 

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My bumper has a bull bar I put most my weight on and then I lean on the fuel filter/alternator or ac compressor depending on side I need to get to.
 

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Mine looks like this
I got tired of standing on 4”x4“s, being short of breath, and not being able to reach things when working on a truck or suv. So I bought one of these, it works great, pretty comfortable to lay on.

Don’t loose sleep over the casters, like a ladder you don’t want it move while on it. It’s light enough you can pick up and move it where you want it if on dirt or gravel.

I am 6’-4” and I do not fit into the engine bay like you see many do in YouTube videos.

That is a great price, I paid $50 more locally 2 years ago.
 

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Diesel turns asphalt into mush. It eventually hardens back up, but it takes a while. I don't worry about it, I kinda like my oil slicks.
 

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