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engine dismanteling help

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Subject: engine dismanteling help
From: David Tulchinsky <>
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 1999 08:21:33 -0400
Hi all,

I'm currently in the process of dismanteling my engine (77B, 18V engine)
for a complete rebuilt.  The engine is not yet out of the car (but will be
as soon
as I rent a hoist), however it is well on it's way to be in a hundred
organized pieces.

However, I'm having a couple of problems.

1.  After removing the head, and pushrods, I can't get all of the tappets out.
1,4,5,&7 (from front to back) came out, but 2,3,6, & 8 are stuck. (I
believe they
are mainly the exhaust valve tappets.)  They come up about a inch, but then
get stuck and won't come out.  Will I have to wait till the engine is out
and the
oil pan is off to drive them out the bottom, or it there another way??

2.  I tried to get the distributor drive spindel out.   The housing the
slides into, Moss Part 460-640, #50 on pg 9 of recent catalog.  It has one
screw, which is removed, but the the object itself is quite difficult to move.
A little WD-40 and PB -blaster later its still stuck.
How much persuation (read: big hammer) should I need to use on this
part.  I suspect it should just slide out, but so far no luck.
Do I need a puller???   Any tricks??

Assuming I can get the above out, I think there should be nothing else to
remove to get the cam out.  I'm assuming it should just slide out
at this point (time gears are removed), but its getting stuck on the above.

One other thought, is it dangerous to lift the engine out by the head bolts??
That is, can I hook the hoist up to bolts connected to the block vias the
head bolts threads??  Will the threads rip out or will I warp the block??
I suspect not, but I figured I'd check.

Thanks for all of your help.


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