I don't know what sort of Triumph was originally being discussed... If I
was pulling the motor out of my TR 4A... I would pull the trans out
(through the interior) first... It's simply not that hard an
operation... and I it's hard enough lowering that motor into place
without having to worry about getting onto the pilot shaft correctly...
A spitfire motor, on the other hand... is light... and when the bonnet
is open... you have full access to it... (unlike the confined TR 4s
I'm not sure if other TR 4 through 6 owners would agree with me on
this... but I just wanted to clarify... as I had responded earlier that
the mechanic was being fair... but I assumed the car was like mine.
Susan Hensley wrote:
> Someone please let me know privately: My mechanic had to disassemble and
> remove the transmission before he could pull my engine out of the car?
> Sound reasonable? Something he doesn't know?
> Absolutely not. He's pulling your leg and the dollars out of your
> wallet! I have removed an engine from a 1977 Spit, and it was the
> easiest one I have ever seen or done. After everything is disconnected,
> the motor mounts undone, and the bellhousing bolts undone, the engine
> lifts right out of the car with plenty room to spare. (I think I did
> take the radiator out to facilitate removal.) The transmission stays in
> place very nicely. This works vice versa, too, (after spending half the
> weekend taking the trans out twice to fix the clutch problem in the race
> car (Thanks for the help, Jim!)) and the engine stays in place very
> I would contest what your mechanic has done, and if he doesn't know any
> better than that, get the car out of there NOW and go to someone who
> REALLY knows Triumphs.
> Hope this helps!
> Keep Triumphing,
> Susan Hensley %)