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There's lots of chat about manifolds at the moment, but i don't want to hijack anyone's thread so here's a quickie.

Unfortunately it looks like I've got this job coming up myself soon. Given that the car is due a cambelt change in the next 18 months, and the fuel tanks have never been looked at, what is a reasonable list of "while it's out" items to do if you go the removal route, without becoming a nut & bolt restoration? I would normally get a garage to do the belt but assuming engine out even i could manage it, and put the saving towards new parts.

1. Manifold

2. Cambelt & waterpump

3. Fuel tanks

4. Clutch (mine is new)

5. Engine mounts

6.?

I've had engines out before, the only job I really don't fancy is getting the drive shafts back in and oil tight!

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Split the driveshafts at the gator rather than removing them from the box.  Beware the grease on the joints will now be oil.  

make sure you replace the one bolt on the water pump with a cap head that allows you to remove the pump much easier.

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1. Manifold

2. Cambelt, tensioner & waterpump

3. Fuel tanks

4. Clutch

5. Engine / gearbox mounts

6. Tappets

7. Translator bearings

8. Bulkhead bolts

9. Front pulley oil seal

10. Hose set

11. Wastegate capsule

12. Chargecooler pump (installed but needs positioning better)

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You've got a hole! :lol:

 

One more for the list, that metal hose securing clamp (secured to the corner of the chassis behind the driver's seat area) which is supposed to stop the top hose from wobbling about but always shears after a few years - do that one!

And I'm guessing the alternator/power steering belts will be replaced if even looking slightly iffy...

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There's lots of chat about manifolds at the moment, but i don't want to hijack anyone's thread so here's a quickie.

Unfortunately it looks like I've got this job coming up myself soon. Given that the car is due a cambelt change in the next 18 months, and the fuel tanks have never been looked at, what is a reasonable list of "while it's out" items to do if you go the removal route, without becoming a nut & bolt restoration? I would normally get a garage to do the belt but assuming engine out even i could manage it, and put the saving towards new parts.

1. Manifold

2. Cambelt & waterpump

3. Fuel tanks

4. Clutch (mine is new)

5. Engine mounts

6.?

I've had engines out before, the only job I really don't fancy is getting the drive shafts back in and oil tight!

Hi Mark,

I have a Gates tensioner machine if you want to borrow it.

Regards,

 

David Walters

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Engine out, and I'd be changing the cambelt myself even if it was only a few months old.

 

Not that it's a bad job, it's just that I can't keep up with Sparky's alcohol consumption when he comes round here to do the job.

Margate Exotics.

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Yeah, but I slow down once the job's finished.

Check crank/cam oil seals, and condition of chassis coolant pipes.

British Fart to Florida, Nude to New York, Dunce to Denmark, Numpty to Newfoundland.  And Shitfaced Silly Sod to Sweden.

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The ends are a fairly good indicator, but you'll never really know unless you pull them and it's the ideal time.  I had 2 late GT3s with holed pipes last year.

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I've had engines out before, the only job I really don't fancy is getting the drive shafts back in and oil tight!

Wow, of all the things, THAT'S the job you're not looking forward to? I envy you! I wanna take my engine out but haven't mustered up the courage. The drive shafts are a doddle, especially if you're using Wellseal! Knock on wood mine have been oil-free a whole year! 

Vanya Stanisavljevic '91 Esprit SE | '97 XK8

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Nothing to envy, I'm no Chip Foose!  I did a V8 conversion when I was 19, but that was probably youthful enthusiasm over common sense. What I would really worry over is damaging the paint getting it in and out as I'm a real tart about perfection.

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Ah, I hear you. Just lots of blankets around the bay and I'm sure you'll be fine! Oh and cell-foam!!!

Vanya Stanisavljevic '91 Esprit SE | '97 XK8

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 Chanced on an unused manifold so this might become this winter's nightmare job! Last winter was front end dis-assembly and and respray which now looks piffling (and cheap!)

 

So a typical list for anyone contemplating an engine out is:

1. Manifold

2. Cambelt, aux belts, tensioner & waterpump

3. Fuel tanks refurbish or replace

4. Clutch (done)

5. Engine / gearbox mounts

6. Tappets (done)

7. Translator bearings

8. Bulkhead bolts

9. Crank/camshaft oil seals

10. Hose set (Chinese silicone on Ebay for £70?)

11. Wastegate capsule

12. Electric chargecooler pump (done but needs positioning better)

13. Chassis coolant pipes

The ends are a fairly good indicator, but you'll never really know unless you pull them and it's the ideal time.  I had 2 late GT3s with holed pipes last year.

Sparky - I was wondering if stainless tube could be used instead of aluminium but found this pic of the pipes with a crafty little kink (for the gearshift?). Does that, and the little hose takeoff, discourage DIY fabrication?

 

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Hahaha!  It's the standard warning I always give people - if you're gonna pull the engine, double the number you just thought of.

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The ends are a fairly good indicator, but you'll never really know unless you pull them and it's the ideal time.  I had 2 late GT3s with holed pipes last year.

You mentioned they were a bit of a job, and I'd be tempted to run new pipes tucked up underneath the chassis and simply leave the internal ones where they are. I seem to recall someone has already done precisely that.

The good news is that if you do all the jobs that you can do when pulling the engine out, you won't have to pull the engine out to do them again. If that makes sense.

Margate Exotics.

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Amateur!  Actually, running them under means just as much work, if not more, as the geometry sucks.

British Fart to Florida, Nude to New York, Dunce to Denmark, Numpty to Newfoundland.  And Shitfaced Silly Sod to Sweden.

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I should add that both those GT3s (one of them mine) were repaired with engine insitu.

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Worth knowing.

One other thing (well so far), when disconnecting the aircon does it have to be drained off by a specialist? I'm thinking more for burns/poisoning than the environmental effects?

I assume being left open would definitely bugger the receiver/drier, so another thing t add to the list.

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Worth knowing.

One other thing (well so far), when disconnecting the aircon does it have to be drained off by a specialist? I'm thinking more for burns/poisoning than the environmental effects?

I assume being left open would definitely bugger the receiver/drier, so another thing t add to the list.

Assuming the system is still pressurised, the gas will leak out past a slackened union if you so desire, but clean the outside of the connections as best you can first. After that, seal off the connections with a plastic bag, or something to prevent dirt getting in there. The guy that re-gassed mine recommended a new filter/drier if a major component had been replaced. I had a new compressor, so new filter/drier it was.

The filter/drier is difficult to find in the UK at a reasonable price, I struggled with it. Ended up ordering one from Rock Auto. If your GT3 is the same as Sparky's, with the smaller connectors (9/16" UNF from memory), then you need a Four Seasons 33403, and mine cost £21.27 to the door.

Margate Exotics.

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