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post #1 of 139 (permalink) Old 11-28-04, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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G'day all,

First and foremost I would like to thank Spope for dropping by my place yesterday and helping with the seemingly infinite task of getting my car on the road. At the moment we are preparing the old engine for removal, and after yesterday inlet manifold has been removed... almost.

There is one bolt on the very underneath, and after much fiddling we got the bottom nut out, but it still won't budge and we couldn't figure it out. The exhaust manifold is also a bastard, because some of the readily accessible top bolts are proving impossible to undo, and then there is the row of bottom ones with limited access...

After this it should be just a matter of removing the alternator and A/C compressor, undoing transmission mounts, engine mounts and the tailshaft and pulling the lot out. Then there's a bit of fiddling with the AU motor and getting the EB manifold on, bolting up the transmission (which is still going to be lacking 1 mount!) and getting it in the car. After sorting out wiring and hoses the car will finally be drivable and ready for the more exciting stages of the project.

If anyone with good tools would be willing to help out on the next mod day (not sure at this stage), I'd be very grateful. Other than that, just thought I'd update everyone. Progress has been at a woeful pace due to a variety of reasons but thanks to Spope, I'm glad to have got something done yesterday!

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Looks like your in the same boat as me jack

Think it will be done before GOR?

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Sorry I didnt make it over Jack, might have to come over the weekend after the GOR and get stuck into it with you to get this project moving.

I did put something here, but it vanshied, I think

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No need to apologise Jase, I am just grateful that when the nightmarish transmission conversion is underway I'll have a friend in the know.

Mick, I'll be really happy if I get to drive my car this year.

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Ah projects just take too long.
My kit was meant to be on 2 weeks ago..
I'll be lucky to have it on for GOR!

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Hey, no probs. At the moment, driving my car is preferable to being home since I have a/c in the car.
With the right tools, the rest of the job should be pretty straightforward.
The Ford manual is no bloody good, it says there should only be 1 bolt holding that bracket to the inlet manifold. I still dunno how you are supposed to get it off.
Let us all know when you plan to keep going, I'll be there.

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There's one bolt for manifold-block bracket, and then there's another under that for an A/C line. My guess is you got the A/C line one off but you didn't get the bracket one off.

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are u using plenty of CRC on the exhaust manifold bolts?
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post #9 of 139 (permalink) Old 11-29-04, 02:45 AM
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you guys are doing it all wrong

leave the manifolds on just unbolt the 2 bolts that holt the cat to the exhaust manifold, unplug everything, heater hoses are usually a bitch so just cut them and replace them, remove the fan and radiator.

Taking all the other stuff off with the engine in the bay is making more work for yourselves

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Cheers for the feedback guys, much appreciated.

Spope, much appreciated mate - I'm going to try to arrange a big day to get the transplant done in the near future. I'll let you know.

Sunny, we knew you'd have the answer. Though I still think that I have no chance of undoing the bastard with any tools I have. :sad:

needturbo, I might have to try that, my previous technique involved sitting the ring spanner over the bolt and hitting the top of it, which hasn't worked for all of them.

Karl, I appreciate your philosophy of minimalism though I am assuming it would be much easier with the bulky add-ons out of the way. But there's not much more to do anyway thankfully.

Oh and off topic, I also bought a new front transmission seal today, as well as some interior plastics for my manual mirror conversion from Pick A Part.

Cheers again guys, I'm really looking forward to being past this stage.

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