Instead of lifting by the rocker cover studs, which subjects them to
bending in a direction for which they weren't intended, I've had good
success with using a nylon strap (a motorcycle tie-down strap,
actually), tied around the rocker shaft, forward & aft, as a sling.
This applies lift on parts which are much better able to withstand it,
in the direction from which these parts handle lots of force every time
the engine is running. Also, the nylon webbing is extremely gentle with
the springs, between rocker arms, and won't damage a thing.
Also, I made up an adapter, for mounting the engine on the stand, which
bolts into the two holes for the rear generator/alternator mounting
bracket. This way, if you need to remove the rear plate from the
engine; you have free access to it, and can strip the engine to the bare
block without needing to re-mount it on the stand.
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Subject: Re: [Spridgets] midget engine removal
If anybody is interested... I've taken all suggestions sent to the list
and made them into a list
for Marc (and whoever else needs them).
Any omissions, errors, corrections needed??
Spridget Engine removal...
1. (Optional) Scribe around bonnet hinges
2. (Optional) remove bonnet
3. disconnect and remove Battery
4. disconnect ground strap
5. drain coolant
6. drain engine oil
7. drain transmission oil
8. remove oil filter
9. disconnect drive shaft (from rear??)
10. remove radiator
11. disconnect carburettors *with* manifold
12. disconnect exhaust manifold
13. remove gearshift lever
14. jack up car and unbolt transmission mounts
15. disconnect speedo and reverse light switch
16. disconnect clutch hydraulics
17. remove rocker cover, connect lift chains to rocker cover studs
18. take up slack in chains
19. lift engine ~3/4"
20. disconnect driver side eng.mount bracket from rubber pad.
21. disconnect pass. side entire mount from chassis.
22. unbolt motor mounts
23. finesse engine out...
Optional items to do while it's out
a) put engine on stand, flip it over, replace pan gasket and seals
b) replace side cover gaskets - if fitted
c) install new clutch kit (disk, plate, bearing)
d) bolt on rebuilt transmission
"assembly is the reverse of above procedure"
Dave G. KK7SS
'65 MK III Sprite in Richland, WA
"Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time."
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