Ok, I will put my .01 cent in on this.
I have R&R'ed too many Roadster motors then I would want to count. I always
installed everything in the motor before installation in the Roadster. With
a known car (like my own) I would be ready to fire the puppy up in less then
an hour. Drop the motor in and let the tail housing on the trany just
barely sit on the X-member the tilt the motor slightly and it will fall
right in. Also helps to remove the radiator by the cross mounts to the body
and let the wiring sag down - this gives you a lot more room up front and a
more straight shot going in. This way you can remove the radiator with
shroud/fan in place - don't even have to take the belts off. It is a huge
time saver to install the manifolds/alt/fan/belts on the motor while it is
on the engine stand and the less bending over the fender saves the back and
paint. If you really want to install the manifolds on the motor in the car,
then use a 1/4" drive with a long "wobbly" extension to get to that bear of
a nut at button center. I enjoy removing/replacing Roadster motors - sooo
much easier then other cars.
Good luck and have a great day!!
From: Keith0alan@aol.com [mailto:Keith0alan@aol.com]
Sent: Wednesday, August 11, 2004 10:27 AM
Subject: Re: Long Block Build Up
When you install the intake and carbs here is the way that seems to
best. Install the manifold first. With the manifold alone you can actually
get to the bottom nuts. Then install the heat shield, then the carbs. The
bottom carb bolts are a bit tight but not too bad. You would be amazed at
badly folks will mangle a heat shield trying to get to the bottom manifold
Keith & all
Thanks for the good advice, sounds like a bit of a juggling act with the
exhaust manifold / header. Will leave off the intake & carbs as an
assembly but have he starter on as well as the water pump.