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tom kilner

engine removal power steering/gearbox

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Firstly: i thought I would leave the gearbox in the chassis to remove the engine as it might reduce the headroom needed for the lift - I've got a low roof. (I could refit together if that's easier but I'll have a better idea of what I'm doing at that point)

Secondly I'd like to remove the power steering pump before lifting the lump. Hopefully it's really easy...

Advice and suggestions welcome.

 

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I'm pretty sure (although would love to be wrong) that the engine and gearbox have to be removed as one.

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The ‘m50’ film on YouTube seems to show the factory assembling the cars with the engine and box in the chassis.... there does seem to be a bit of persuasion being used though.....

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I had to remove my power steering pump to clear the front of the body which I discovered mid lift. I took the gerabox out with the engine and put it back in with the engine. Get more height by choosing a stone day and getting the car outside.

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I separated the engine and gearbox before lifting mine out but mine doesn't have PAS so don't know if that makes a difference. 

I mated the gearbox when I put it all back together. 

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Thanks folks - I can't really get the car outside because the weight of the chassis is resting on the rear drum. I could pull it out with the tractor though.

Also as I am missing at least two of the bolts holding the engine to the bellhousing I'm not sure I want a hundred kilo cantilever on that point. It's too easy to assume that the other bolts are actually in there holding it together.

I can't lift the body off the chassis with engine still fitted as it's reputed to be like getting a sofa up a spiral staircase.

I'm imagining the gearbox could be loosened and then the engine drawn forward,  propshaft disconnected,  gearbox unbolted and slid back out of the clutch,  then engine raised. I can't see how the power steering will make a difference once the pump is out - the racks don't look very different in size.

 

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Hi Tom,

I have removed the engine without the gearbox on my S2.2.

Its tight and you have to pad the bodywork but not impossible.

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When I took my Eclat engine out, I asked Mike Taylor the best way and he said that Lotusbits always take the engine and box out together. I did this without too much trouble, he allows 3 hours but has the experience and kit to do it

There are more than one type of PS pumps and mounting brackets.  I took my pump off when I took the lump,out but put it back with the pump fitted. The best lift point is with a sling round the inlet manifold, I managed on my own with limited headroom by a combination of a chain hoist and trolley jack underneath and rolling the car back and forward.

why not replace the missing bellhousing bolts first?

peter

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The bellhousing bolts don't align with the holes - see my earlier "mystery and disappointment " post -so I might be opening a new can of worms to try to sort that out lying on my back in a pool of steering fluid (I couldn't quite see the easiest/cleanest way to drain the p.s fluid although i caught 90%of it).

I can't really roll the car as the rear wheels are almost locked by the failed chassis.

Once the ps pump is off I should be able to start looking at pulling the powertrain apart. I can see that e+g connected is a more straightforward removal, although once I've got it disconnected I might then try to detach the gearbox under the car to save having to pull it out of the engine bay.

Thanks for the advice so far guys.

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