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Engine removal - the easiest way?


Julian
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Does anyone have any experience of taking a crossflow out of a Westfield, but leaving the gearbox in situ?

I have to change a clutch, and would rather not get the interior of the car out as well!

It seems sooooo much easier to leave the gearbox alone!, but is there enough clearance? ???

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Hi Julian

Just take the whole lot out, its much easier, a better working environment, no knuckle rash!! plus its and extra 3 bolts to undo ( G/box mountings) plus a gear stick.

Trying to line up the engine and gearbox on re-installation will be a nightmare unless yr lucky like me... it went straight on to the shaft!!.Thats my luck done 4 the millenium!! plus it will give u a chance 2 checkover fuel lines cabling etc that live in the tunnel plus give it a good clean!!

Good luck

Buzz :cool:

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I removed ZETEC and left gearbox behind, it was a pain lining back up but a major advantage in leaving the interior alone and if I had to do it again would leave box behind.  I have removed X-flow engines from numerous Mk 1 escorts and always leave the box.  It can take anytime from a couple of minutes (if you are lucky) to about an hour to line up on putting the engine back in.

Regards

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I have had my Zetec in and out far toooo many times and have allways left the box in just put some rubber hose or padding on the u shape bracket under the box this helps line it up again to make it easier remove most of the ancillaries from the engine.

Paul.

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This is always an emotive subject.  I have taken out a xflow from an SE and we left the 'box in the car.  It is a doddle on the xflow as the bellhousing bolts are so easy to reach.  I would do it that way.  I also leave the 'box in on my V8 even though it is much harder to separate from the engine.

Ian

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Removing engine with gearbox in situ is my preferred method. Those people that find it difficult to reassemble should invest a couple of quid in a clutch alignment tool - much easier to get it right first time. It also saves the garage floor from smelly gear oil!.

Windy

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