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Engine Swap Advice!
« on: October 11, 2006, 12:46:59 PM »
Having read through my trusty Haynes manual, it says that to take the RedTop out of my car I have to drop the front subframe and lift the car itself up to pull the frame, engine and gearbox out!  :o

Can't I just whip the engine and box up through the engine bay like I expected to be able to do...?

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Re: Engine Swap Advice!
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2006, 13:52:33 PM »
We lifted the ecotec up and out.

Wasn't too bad. Need 3 pair of hands though.
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Re: Engine Swap Advice!
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2006, 13:57:39 PM »
Bugger! I've got 2 pairs of hands available so far....
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2006, 13:58:41 PM »
You should do it with too.

You do have to strip alot out like Rad and water pipes or you dont have a chance.
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Re: Engine Swap Advice!
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2006, 14:10:20 PM »
Yeah, I figured I'll probably have to pretty much clear the engine bay of most stuff... even with just a 4 cyl in there, it looks pretty cluttered!
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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2006, 15:27:54 PM »
I'm used to doing this nonsense on Mantas so a FWD car is new to me... do I really need to take the gearbox out with the engine or can I get away with just whipping the motor out on it's own?
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Re: Engine Swap Advice!
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2006, 19:33:07 PM »
suspect you can do disconnect gear box first
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Re: Engine Swap Advice!
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2006, 19:59:55 PM »
I took ecotec out top without removing rad or anything.
Subframe dropping is no big deal, 8/10 bolts.
Or can drop whole lot out the bottom, many say is easier, and less risk to paintwork etc.

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« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2006, 21:02:18 PM »
taking out a 16v red top engine depends on the year of car cos the flywheels are different the later models have a fatter flywheel than say a 1990 calibra which is slimmer if its a 1994 one then the engine and gear box has to be dropped with sub frame cos you wont get the clearance with the clutch once the engine and box are spilt

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Re: Engine Swap Advice!
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2006, 15:12:57 PM »
Ecotec with F18 must be similar/same?
Took that out, and fitted another, without dropping the gearbox.
Was tight, but removing bottom pulley would help with that.

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Re: Engine Swap Advice!
« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2006, 15:27:40 PM »
If I whip the engine and box out together, can I drag them upwards cos I really don't fancy this lifting the whole car idea...!
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« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2006, 15:38:46 PM »
Good luck with that...!
Drop it all on the deck mate.

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« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2006, 15:45:34 PM »
Good luck with that...!
Drop it all on the deck mate.

Bloody hell! I miss my Manta even more now...!
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Re: Engine Swap Advice!
« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2006, 20:55:51 PM »
Mondo, you can lift it out the top, this is how we removed my engine and gearbox.