Engine or gearbox removal - easiest way!

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Engine or gearbox removal - easiest way!

Post by bloodysalmon » Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:52 pm

Years ago, I had a problem with my TC clutch; then I was 30 years younger and more flexible, so getting under the car to split the gearbox from the engine was something you just did. Today I would approach it in a more methodical way to save my knees and back. There poses the question ... what is the best and easiest way to remove the gearbox? I fitted the gearbox and engine together with a hoist, this made sense and with another pair of hands worked well. I have a problem with the fitting of the gearbox and have dropped a spring in it (doh) so I have to remove it from the car. I'd like to be able to leave the engine in situ ... what are your experiences, tricks and precautions? Limitations being engine chassis x-member, sump, firewall kick-board and rear gearbox mounts!
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Re: Engine or gearbox removal - easiest way!

Post by DaveAhrendt » Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:29 am

8 years ago I installed my 5 speed using the vendors direction to remove the gearbox from inside. I would never do that again. Taking the engine out is a piece of cake compared to the toeboard, throttle linkage, etc. My .02.

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Post by Marv » Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:41 am

For what It's worth, I agree with Dave, I've done it once with engine in situ...…… NEVER AGAIN!!!

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Post by bloodysalmon » Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:28 am

I've been thinking about what I asked about all day ... and yes, I came to the recommended way forwards ... remove the engine together with the gearbox. I've now done the prelimanary removal of ... dynamo, distributor, exhaust, steering colomn (to the side), earth cables, starter cable, front engine mount bolts and gearbox rear cover bolts partially withdrawn ... now awaiting a mate of mine to help hoist it out from the front. :thumbs:

Oh, I ought to say why the other reason it needs to come out ... I forgot to tighten up the 8 bolts that fix the bell-housing to the gearbox, doh !!! :cry:
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Post by Steve Simmons » Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:43 pm

I started to remove it through the interior once. I got as far as removing the carpet before I decided it was a terrible idea.
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Post by frenchblatter » Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:33 pm

I've never needed to remove the 'box on it's own but if I did I would take the whole assembly out. I have this loathing of taking floors etc out which stems form the days of being an apprentice. I was given the job of changing the clutch on the company Land Rover (tow truck). There a lot of screws in a Lnad Rover floor... a real lot! I got the seats and floor out and after that the 'box (which is very heavy as it has the transfer box on it) comes out thhrough the cab using an engine crane through the door. Clutch changed and 'box back in. Then for the floor. I fitted all 100 (it seemed like 100!) screws and was on to the last one but found the floor wasn't aligned so had to slacken them all off to align and then, having got all screws started, tighten them. No electric screwdrivers in those days. I still have nightmares about screwing in floors 60 years later :)

It's easy getting the engine out, I can get a TC engine out in less than 2 hours.
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Re: Engine or gearbox removal - easiest way!

Post by Ray White » Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:01 am

I am going through the laborious process of removing the toe board (some people refer to it as a ramp plate) not just to remove the gearbox but the p.o made a hash of the floors and the tunnel is rusty. The toe board was also installed in an amateurish fashion with incorrect threads etc. and it all needs to be restored and refitted with the correct fixings. The steering column was also fitted minus the excluder. The exhaust is also getting replaced from the manifold. and the steering wheel needs restoration or replacement.

I intend to fit a 5 speed box and whilst removing the toe board is not a particularly pleasant job; as the bell housing (which is broken) and the prop shaft will both need to be replaced there seems little point in taking out the engine.

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Re: Engine or gearbox removal - easiest way!

Post by Franz » Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:26 am

In the last 2 weeks we removed the engine from my TC 2 times and Monday again
I made everything new on the engine but the clutch makes problems.
It is easy to remove the engine, don’t need much time. We always took it out without the gearbox.


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