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    #46
    Originally posted by garyf View Post

    lol mines green with a gold stripe
    I'll post some better pics when I get it home
    John
    1978 Stag Brooklands Green

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      #47
      Painting complete at last and ready to come home. Almost one year since I shipped to to the body shop. The wait has certainly been worth it. Now the rebuild begins. See you at the shows next year.

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      John
      1978 Stag Brooklands Green

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        #48
        What a difference a year makes!

        Looks like a superb job - takes me back to when mine looked like this 25 years ago, it's still wearing incredibly well though given that time.

        Cheers
        Mike

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          #49
          The pics don't do the paintwork justice. Pick it up on Wednesday then the fun begins.
          John
          1978 Stag Brooklands Green

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            #50
            Looks fantastic, John!!
            1975 Triumph Stag - TV8 & MOD. Still in sickbay...

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              #51
              Stag back home in its own garage after one year in the body shop. Arranged insurance with RH Specialists. £47.00 for £15,000.00 cover whilst garaged. Will have it increased when finished. Few pics.

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              John
              1978 Stag Brooklands Green

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                #52
                Now you have the fun of fitting the engine and box without scratching the fresh paint, always a nerve wracking job!
                Neil
                TV8, efi, fast road cams and home built manifolds. 246bhp 220lbft torque

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                  #53
                  Originally posted by flying farmer View Post
                  Now you have the fun of fitting the engine and box without scratching the fresh paint, always a nerve wracking job!
                  Still weighing up the whether to install engine and box together or separately. I removed them separately but those bell housing bolts are a nightmare. Why they didn't drill and tap the engine mounting plate is beyond me. I have considered doing that.
                  John
                  1978 Stag Brooklands Green

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                    #54
                    drill and tap the engine mounting plate....

                    There wouldn't be enough strength in the alloy plate to hold the box in place - it's why they bolt the whole lot together, awkward but necessary.
                    Mike

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                      #55
                      Originally posted by mike@thenook View Post
                      drill and tap the engine mounting plate....

                      There wouldn't be enough strength in the alloy plate to hold the box in place - it's why they bolt the whole lot together, awkward but necessary.
                      I had a look after I posted and that is true for the existing designed plate but that could have been designed with enough material to allow drilling and tapping. Too late now.
                      John
                      1978 Stag Brooklands Green

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                        #56
                        Originally posted by mike@thenook View Post
                        drill and tap the engine mounting plate....



                        There wouldn't be enough strength in the alloy plate to hold the box in place - it's why they bolt the whole lot together, awkward but necessary.
                        Yes there is, I tap all my adapter plates UNC (same size as exhaust manifold bolts). Only need to do the top ones which are the difficult ones to reach, and these are in compression anyway.

                        The bottom holes are easy to reach from under the car so the original nuts and bolts can be used, the bottom bolts are in tension so take the greatest loads.

                        The top bolts when the threads are tapped can be reached from under the car using a couple of extension bars and a UJ. This mod literally saves hours of work if you ever need to remove the box from the car.

                        Neil
                        Neil
                        TV8, efi, fast road cams and home built manifolds. 246bhp 220lbft torque

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                          #57
                          "Yes there is, I tap all my adapter plates UNC (same size as exhaust manifold bolts). Only need to do the top ones which are the difficult ones to reach, and these are in compression anyway.

                          The bottom holes are easy to reach from under the car so the original nuts and bolts can be used, the bottom bolts are in tension so take the greatest loads.

                          The top bolts when the threads are tapped can be reached from under the car using a couple of extension bars and a UJ. This mod literally saves hours of work if you ever need to remove the box from the car."


                          Neil,
                          Looks like this is the way to go. I am lucky enough to have a two post car lift which makes fitting the gearbox easy but then you don't have an assistant to help hold the nuts in the engine bay. I know from experience that changing a clutch with the car on ramps is a nightmare.

                          Another good tip given to me from the boys at Enginuity is to weld a flatbar between the heads of the engine mounting bolts before you install them. You then don't need to use two spanners to tighten them up. This is especially helpful for the rh side where the power steering pumps are located.
                          John
                          1978 Stag Brooklands Green

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                            #58
                            Well I am surprised Neil, I really would not have thought there was enough strength but if youíve done it and it works thatís good enough for me and of course, hadnít thought about the top ones being in compression, Iím still learning LOL

                            Cheers
                            Mike

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                              #59
                              [QUOTE=JOHNS;n784242]"Yes there is, I tap all my adapter plates UNC (same size as exhaust manifold bolts). Only need to do the top ones which are the difficult ones to reach, and these are in compression anyway.

                              Neil,
                              When you say exhaust manifold bolts do you mean manifold to head bolts or manifold to exhaust.

                              Cheers

                              John

                              John
                              1978 Stag Brooklands Green

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                                #60
                                I assume manifold to head meaning 3/8 UNC
                                John
                                1978 Stag Brooklands Green

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