Well the engine has been swapped in the MOVE, its taken all day yesterday and my body is wrecked. Its not all over yet, as all the harnesses and water pipes need putting back on. That is todays task, but not just yet as I need a coffee and some breakfast before heading over to Martin’s.
Martin and I started at around 10 am yesterday and immediately faced issues with sized ball joints and stiff threads on bolts. All were over come and the driveshaft were out by midday. The engine crane was rolled into place and the engine was ready to lift out.
The engine was lifted out and sat on the workshop floor. At this point I looked over the condition of the engine bay and nothing seemed to terrible.
The old engine was split away from the gearbox. The gearbox was cleaned up and seems fine. The old engine however is not so good. The rear crank oil seals fell out at the first touch!
Oil seals can be changed, but I think the interior of the old engine will require the services of a coal miner. He might make a living harvesting coal for a few years I think..
We popped back to my house and collected the other engine, and started to bolt things back on and assemble the replacemnt engine to the gearbox assembly. A few issues around fitting the torque convertor took some time to resolve, but it all went together eventually.
A bit of shove and push and it was all back in the car, bolted down and just leaving the drive shafts and suspension putting back together.
It all sounds very simple, but not having worked on FWD before things were more complicated than RWD and the auto box is another confusing factor.
Today I will carry on with the assembly, I hope to have it back in garage 19 (its home) later today and the workshop returned to Martin, of whom I am eternally grateful for his help, patients and sense of humour!