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wedg1e

24,778 posts

150 months

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Saturday 10th February 2007 quote quote all
I made a longer jib for my original crane: worked a treat to get the mostly-stripped engine out, but putting the reassembled (thus heavier) engine back in caused a heart attack when the crane tipped; the jib was longer than the legs. Physics was never my best subject
Got round it by asking me Julie to stand on the crane while I wheeled it into place eek

Problem fixed by buying a long-reach crane (needed it anyway to get the Esprit engine out)

Toltec

2,363 posts

108 months

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Saturday 10th February 2007 quote quote all
Thanks for the ideas chaps.

We were going to take the wheels off and drop the car as low as possible then take the sump off to get a bit more clearance. The other problem with going in from the front was that the lift's legs hit the lower wishbones so I am not sure about dropping the front, I guess that may depend on the design of the lift.

A longer arm lift should get us more clearance so I will check out the local hire companies. Probably safer too.

badredwedge

3,425 posts

113 months

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Sunday 11th February 2007 quote quote all
So are you binning the aircon Rev, save some weight ??

shpub

8,507 posts

157 months

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Sunday 11th February 2007 quote quote all
This is my engine setup. Note the ramp to get the right height. I have a modded chassis with a gearbox cradle so the engine goes back in without the gearbox. Without this the rear of the car must be raised by 18 to 24 inches.

It is important to get a long reach crane and one that is stable. I got this one off ebay for less than one of the cheap Machine mart ones. Folds up into a 18 x 12 in foorptint for storage.

Toltec

2,363 posts

108 months

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Sunday 11th February 2007 quote quote all
shpub said:
I have a modded chassis with a gearbox cradle so the engine goes back in without the gearbox.


Sorry if this is a daft question, I have never taken the engine out of a rear drive car before let alone a wedge, does the gearbox have to come out with the engine? Did you mean they have to go back in as a unit or that your modified chassis allows you to remove/fit the gearbox without taking the engine out?


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convert

3,130 posts

103 months

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Sunday 11th February 2007 quote quote all
Been fixing the earth on the indicators, then removed the dash , heater and glove box panels. I've never liked them in Chrome, so I'm going to veneer them !

blaineuk

2,399 posts

132 months

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Sunday 11th February 2007 quote quote all
Toltec said:
shpub said:
I have a modded chassis with a gearbox cradle so the engine goes back in without the gearbox.


Sorry if this is a daft question, I have never taken the engine out of a rear drive car before let alone a wedge, does the gearbox have to come out with the engine? Did you mean they have to go back in as a unit or that your modified chassis allows you to remove/fit the gearbox without taking the engine out?



it is easier to remove/replace as one unit.

Toltec

2,363 posts

108 months

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Sunday 11th February 2007 quote quote all
blaineuk said:

it is easier to remove/replace as one unit.


Thanks.

shpub

8,507 posts

157 months

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Sunday 11th February 2007 quote quote all
Typically, the process is to take the engine/gearbox out as a complete unit. To be honest there isn't much choice. The gearbox can't be dropped on a V8 Wedge without either moving the engine forward about 8 inches which is almost as much work as taking the engine out.

My car was modded as at one point, I was taking the engine out on a very regular basis - 3 clutches in a year was one reason. Engine tweaking was another.

Toltec

2,363 posts

108 months

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Sunday 11th February 2007 quote quote all
shpub said:
Typically, the process is to take the engine/gearbox out as a complete unit. To be honest there isn't much choice. The gearbox can't be dropped on a V8 Wedge without either moving the engine forward about 8 inches which is almost as much work as taking the engine out.

My car was modded as at one point, I was taking the engine out on a very regular basis - 3 clutches in a year was one reason. Engine tweaking was another.


Never been scared of a learning curve, fortunately we can take our time too which makes the whole experience enjoyable rather than stressful. No doubt there will be a few more posts coming up, thanks again for the help.

rev-erend

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18,232 posts

169 months

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Sunday 11th February 2007 quote quote all
I've just taken my engine out without the box.. if you take the box out as well .. then you really do need a lot of lift from the crane.

If you are removing the engine - then it comes out OK.

You do need to remove the engine mounts from the block though.. the water pump and frront cover can remain on as well.

What did I do on mine today - well it was a dirty day - cleaning 15 year's of oil and dirt from all painted chassis tubes around the engine bay. The headers were also removed - so I could wire-wheel away any loose paint on the chassis.

The great news is that all the rust was just surface rust no need for the welder

rev-erend

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18,232 posts

169 months

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Monday 12th February 2007 quote quote all
badredwedge said:
So are you binning the aircon Rev, save some weight ??


Yes - it's binned. It does weight a lot but the reason for getting rid is the airflow restriction.

According to the Kenlowe website - having a AC rad in front of your existing rad literally halves the air flow.

So - I've removed the ac rad and have bought an additional 14 inch (1500 cfm) monster fan in addition to the existing fan.

It will all be a tight squeeze there..

It will be controlled by a Revotech 35mm controller, which can be set to just about any temp.

Anyone guessed that I'm planning for a few more horses under the bonnet yet

badredwedge

3,425 posts

113 months

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Monday 12th February 2007 quote quote all
Yes but what colour will it be scratchchin

rev-erend

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18,232 posts

169 months

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Monday 12th February 2007 quote quote all
badredwedge said:
Yes but what colour will it be scratchchin


Colour's !

badredwedge

3,425 posts

113 months

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Monday 12th February 2007 quote quote all
rev-erend said:
badredwedge said:
Yes but what colour will it be scratchchin


Colour's !

Stripes or spots ??

dickymint

12,060 posts

143 months

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Monday 12th February 2007 quote quote all
My guess is flip-flop orange or greenyikes

rev-erend

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18,232 posts

169 months

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Monday 12th February 2007 quote quote all
dickymint said:
My guess is flip-flop orange or greenyikes


With stripes and spots hehe

badredwedge

3,425 posts

113 months

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Monday 12th February 2007 quote quote all
Go for it Rev Stars, Stripes, spots, flames the full job




Edited by badredwedge on Monday 12th February 12:25

350zwelgje

1,658 posts

146 months

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Monday 12th February 2007 quote quote all
rev-erend said:
badredwedge said:
So are you binning the aircon Rev, save some weight ??



Anyone guessed that I'm planning for a few more horses under the bonnet yet


Air ram charging? At least by the likes of the massive ventilator you plan to install.

Rob

campbell

2,329 posts

168 months

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Monday 12th February 2007 quote quote all
badredwedge said:
Go for it Rev Stars, Stripes, spots, flames the full job




Edited by badredwedge on Monday 12th February 12:25


Now that looks good, imagen what it would look like on a Wedge with the real thing coming out the back hehe

Ill get me coat paperbag
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