1st engine drop sanity check - done! (with a few pics)

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1st engine drop sanity check - done! (with a few pics)

Post by ultralite on Sat Aug 17, 2013 5:02 pm

Been a long day working on 2 different cars. But, I started the prep for the '69 Westy engine drop.

Planning to pull engine only, NOT transmission. I do not have a transmission support bar. So, I'll need to jack the transmission correct? Or else it will come down with the engine once I start to lower, right?

Vehicle is up on jack stands but my vision is very limited. Trying to give myself a check here before I make a big mistake. I see the frame mount at the front of the transmission and I felt around the bell housing for anything else.

The Bentley instructs to install the transmission support bar, which I don't have.


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Post by Hobug on Sat Aug 17, 2013 5:56 pm

I usually use a ratchet strap to hold the trans in place. You can also use a jack or jack stand.
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Post by ultralite on Sat Aug 17, 2013 6:08 pm

Thanks man. Had some supper and now back at it with my daughter helping me.

My Bentley manual doesn't say to unbolt the bell housing. But surely I have to right?

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Post by Hobug on Sat Aug 17, 2013 6:27 pm

Just the four bolts that hold the engine to the trans. Remember fuel line and electrical connections, accelerator cable and heater cables. Slide it out.
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Post by ultralite on Sat Aug 17, 2013 7:34 pm

Yep, I've disconnected everything but the last bell housing bolt. That will have to be tomorrow. What a long day it was. Should have kept to one car only for the day.

I've often heard people say how easy it is to drop an engine. I feel lied to....

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Post by Hobug on Sat Aug 17, 2013 8:31 pm

ultralite wrote:
I've often heard people say how easy it is to drop an engine. I feel lied to....
First couple of times it seems a little daunting, but after that, it gets to be easy. Trust me.Twisted Evil  No really.Cool
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Post by ultralite on Sat Aug 17, 2013 8:40 pm

The bolts at the top of the bell housing about did me in. The passenger side top bolt holding the starter threw me off too.

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