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  1. #11
    Might as well be part of the furniture.
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    Well as promised here are some photo's of the engine removal, this did not go exactly to plan and when reinstalling I will have to think of another system, all will become clear honest.

    Just removed the bonnet


    After removing the plastic snorkel intake tube it was obvious that this engine had been out before as it looks suspiciously like whoever dropped the engine on the radiator support frame, not a big issue and will be beaten to within an inch of it's life back into shape.


    Radiator, air con rad and radiator support were removed next.


    This is what happens when you leave your car in the garden for a few years


    It became very obvious very quickly that my engine crane was not the ideal piece of kit for removing an engine from a corvette, I had even thought of removing the front nose to gain some much needed movement rearwards, however this was not going to help one little bit so a bodge was in order and a lot of jacking up letting down, removing wheels and axle stands ensued for the next half an hour.

















    and finally we have it out and on the engine stand


    The clutch was well past it's sell by date, not helped by a little bit of oil contamination which will need further investigation, the flywheel is in good shape and the release bearing is buggered.

    The final issue I had was attaching the engine to the engine stand, it was like one of those metal puzzles you used to get a christmas time, not overly impressed with it to be honest, I did have the big block mopar on it for sometime and it was fine but it only just fits the small block, I nearly gave up on it but at the end of the day it is now on there, just hope it stays there

    So finally got something done, but will be thinking of a different way of getting the thing back in, two A frames and a beam would be the easiest method but I don't have one to hand so will have to conjure up something else.

  2. #12
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    Surprised that you had trouble with the engine stand and a SBC.
    Amazing how much that had deteriorated!

  3. #13
    Might as well be part of the furniture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plumpcars View Post
    Surprised that you had trouble with the engine stand and a SBC.
    Amazing how much that had deteriorated!
    You and me both on both items, the stand is the heavy duty one so thought that would be no issues heyho it's on there now just not as secure as I think it should be.

    The deterioration must have been from the car cover, it was a proper outdoor breathable one, won't be using one of those again that is for sure.

  4. #14
    Carburetion 'sucks' !
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    You need to use an extended reach engine crane on Vettes. Imagine how much more difficult it is with a big block!

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