Engine & Transmission Removal
The bad news was that the garage temperature
was 6 degrees at 8:30 AM (1/3/08) and Al was due to get
here at 10 AM to help me with pulling the engine
and transmission from the car. So I fired up the
old 55,000 BTU kerosene heater and by 10 AM it
was about 40 degrees and by noon it was close to
55 degrees and getting too warm for the way we
were dressed! That's about when the kerosene ran
out but we were done with what we had to do.
This was a first for me and I was glad to have
Al there to guide me through the process.
I had spent the previous two weeks
disconnecting everything under the hood as well
as the hood itself.......which is now resting in
the Living Room............God bless my
understanding wife! It's pretty obvious what you
need to disconnect to pull the
engine........basically anything that will keep
the engine connected to the car has to be
removed, along with the radiator and the front
engine cross member. Back in the car, the seats,
carpet, dashboard support bracket and
transmission tunnel all have to be removed. At
this point the engine and tranny were drained of
all fluids and the radiator and coolant were
I was lucky in
that a local TR6 friend, Ivan Bailey, had access
to a 3 ton engine crane from his cousin's auto
body shop. To make life easier I also bought an
Oberg Tilt Sling to make removal even easier.
This simple and inexpensive device lets you
control the angle of tilt with a 1/2" drive
breaker bar. Al has pulled a bunch of engines
over the years but after using this for the
first time, he'll never pull another one without
could lift the whole car!
Tilt Sling made it very very easy
I've never done
this before so I relied on Al for guidance
through the whole process. We hooked up the
crane to the engine and took up the slack and
then removed the jack stand that had been
supporting the transmission. One of the tips I
got from the Triumph Mail List was to protect
the valve cover from the sling during the lift.
The car was about 18" off the ground and resting
on jack stands and we had about 6' from the top
of the grill to the ceiling of the garage. The
room need in front of the car will be determined
by the size of your crane. We had about 6' from
the front bumper to the wall which was plenty of
room. I had loosened all the bolts holding the
engine mount to the engine but discovered
immediately that we'd have to remove the engine
mount from the car too because the oil pan kept
catching on the mount. Once that was done it was
an easy pull.
supporting the engine weight
block protecting the valve cover
careful that the bell housing
doesn't bend the
throttle linkage rod
clear the grill
Degrees clears the front of the car
out and clear
Now that the
engine and tranny were removed we had to put
them somewhere and luckily I had "inherited" a
furniture dolly from my in-laws when they moved.
While we had the engine hanging on the crane we
removed the transmission which left us with the
engine and pressure plate still attached.
Now I can
roll it around
Once we had it
secure on the dolly we removed the pressure
plate and the clutch which still had plenty of
miles left on it. The only strange thing was a
stamping on the flywheel.
mean it's been lightened to 22 Lbs??
Ummmmm...........nope. When I removed the
flywheel, it weighted in at 27 lbs and 6 oz!
After talking to some friends who are far
more knowledgeable then I, I've decided that
I won't lighten it but I will get a new
pressure plate to go with the new clutch
that's part of the 5 speed conversion kit.
And I thought I
was being so smart putting the engine stand
together.......real men don't need no
stinkin directions! And then it didn't look
quite right. Good thing I kept the engine
attached to the crane.
doesn't look good
better flip that support arm around.
Let's go change
some Gaskets & Seals