If you're in doubt, go heavier. A completely assembled Mopar small block
will go close to 800 pounds easily. A big block even more.
I would suggest a minimum of 1 ton ( 2000 pound) single line capacity and
make sure what you hang it from is strong enough. I considered using the
rafters once and an ex-friend talked me out of it.
Cost? Hey, it's your neck, what's it worth to you? your family?
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In most cases the difference between the 440 lb rating and the 880 lb rating
is the 440 is single line cable and the 880 is double line, the basic winch
is the same.
The 880 will cover just about any engine/trans combo you'll deal with (small
block Mopar is around 550, big block is around 650; add 150-200 for
transmission). One ton is way overkill for engine pulling, half-ton is the
most you'd ever need.
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