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Re: pulling an engine (archive)

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Posted by michael on June 26, 2001 at 10:38:02:

In Reply to: pulling an engine posted by mike on June 26, 2001 at 10:04:21:

Remove the hood (bonnet)(Have a friend help, and mark the hinge posistion by making a pencil outline of where the hinges sit. This makes getting your hood to fit later MUCH easer)
(I do this to my racecar 1 or 2 times a year, and I do it with the car on it's wheels so it can be rolled if needed)
Remove radiator
Remove cover plate from lower part of the front of the bellhousing
Remove rear starter mount bolts
Connect engine to your host using hole on the reat of the block casting and the upper alternator mount (I use a setion of stout chain and two bolts with washers. You can use a REAL engine host with an adjustable balance bar, or a come-along and some chain I have a 8x12 steel "I" beam in my car port with a loop of chain over it to hang my come-along off of. It works fine. In the past, I have also used a tripod of 2x4s with the bottoms sunk into the dirt for stability and tree lims at other times. The whole engine weighs less then 350 lbs.)
Losen driver's side engine mount bolt (the ?17mm? nut at the top of the engine mount that is away from the engine and near the steering box)
Put some tension on the hoist (just a very little)and unbolt the nut on the other side's engine mount.
Lift the engine clear of the driver's side mount
(3/4" or so)
Undo the remaining bolts between the engine and reanny (17mm and 13mm sockets)(the main shaft will support things just fine)
Put wood block between tranny and steel bar that runs between steering box and idler arm to support tranny (if you use a jack, you will not be able to rool the car if needed)
Grab the engine from the front and wiggle/pull/shake it to free it from the tranny. You may need to CAREFULLY pry it a little. It will come off.
Be aware of the balance of the engine to keep it aligned with the tranny. The main shaft is still in the pilot bearing and clutch and you do not want to stress it too much.
Wiggle and pull the engine till it clears the main shaft. (You can either move your host, if it has wheels, or roll the car back if your host is immoble (like a beam in the garage or a tree limb)
Once the engine is off the main shaft (clear of the pressure plate spring fingers) you will need to rotate the front to allow it to clear the tranny so that you can clear the car. I swing the fromt of the engint to the passenger side of the engine bay.
Put your hood back over the car to keep the rain out.
Do stuff to the engine



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