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Subject: [Spridgets] Fwd: Re: disconnecting front motor mounts?
From: BJNoSHOV8 <bjshov8@tx.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2010 18:52:15 -0600
I have pulled and installed a lot of engines in my day, and we never 
pulled engine and transmission at the same time.  I've watched some of 
the car shows on TV and they always seem to install engines and 
transmissions as a unit.  After watching them do this and having 
problems with it that we never had when installing an engine by itself, 
I've always wondered why they did it.  My career as a mechanic was 
working in my father's garage during high school and college.  He has 
not owned his garage for just over 50 years.  I don't recall that I've 
ever seen them pull engine and transmission out the top of a RWD car. 
  Many new cars have a subframe that you pull out the bottom and in that 
case you pull engine/transmission/subframe/front suspension as a unit.

Reinstalling an engine with a manual transmission you have to get the 
clutch disk to go onto the transmission input shaft, but we never seemed 
to have any big problem doing this.

Nevertheless...  I've read on the list where many people recommended 
installing them both together.  From looking at my car it seems that 
there is plenty of room around the trans. to leave it in the car, but 
other than the weight it doesn't seem to be too hard to install 
everything as a unit either.  I don't know how long before I am 
reinstalling everything so that is partly why I didn't want to pull the 
trans out at this time.  When I get ready for reassembly then I will 
decide how to attempt it.  Working in my garage at home is a lot 
different from working in my dad's garage with overhead electric hoist.

This is a car that hasn't run in a long time and the engine doesn't 
turn.  I found water in the cylinders so I don't know if I will have to 
get a new block or not.  If I have to hunt for a new block then it might 
be quite awhile before I am reassembling.  The previous owner told us 
that they were driving the car, and they decided to stop driving it and 
they parked it behind their house.  When I got it everything looked 
complete and unmolested.  I first discovered that the engine wouldn't 
rotate so I pulled the head off and found water in some of the 
cylinders.  I tried break free and so forth but could not get the 
pistons freed so I decided I would pull the engine and knock the pistons 
out one at a time.  Then I would be able to judge the condition of the 
block and the pistons and go from there.

 > WAY easier to

     > get them back in while together. On re installation of the engine
    lining up
     > the tranny input shaft with the clutch is a cast iron B.I.T.C.H.
    with the
     > tranny already in the car. I've done it both ways and will NEVER
    do them
     > separately again. EVER.

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