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    engine removal trouble

    hi all
    ive been planning all week to take the engine out of my stag, i spent yesterday removing wires, pipes, prop and fan etc, i have the stag repair book which i have been following however i am having trouble trying to get access to the engine mount bolts, the book isnt very helpful as it doesnt show the mounts or how to get to them, thanks in advance if anyone has any tips on this

    #2
    Use 3/8 or 1/4 drive socket tools & slimline spanners. R.h side is under exhaust manifold, behind alternator & in front of power rack pinion.
    l.h. Side is easier access.
    Last edited by jbuckl; 12th January 2020, 21:16.
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      #3
      All you need is hands the size of a child with double jointed wrists on arms the length of an orangutang and you are half way there!

      Unfortunately the engine mount bolts are extremely difficult to get at but an assortment of socket extensions are needed and a cranked 9/16ths ring spanner is needed to hold the other side.

      The fun really starts when you try and put it back together again, god only knows how they did it on the production line! I have taken to welding the two bolts to a metal plate, it makes it a little more difficult to push them back through the engine mounts but far simpler to re-fit the nuts and saves having to get a spanner on the bolt heads.

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

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        #4
        I have done the same as Neil, on one side it was a bolt and a nut welded to a strip of metal so the bolts went in from opposite directions, i also did the same with a strip of bolts around the top of the bellhousing
        Last edited by Stagdad; 13th January 2020, 10:28.
        Carbs suck.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Stagdad View Post
          I have done the same as Neil, on one side it was a bolt and a nut welded to a strip of metal so the bolts went in from opposite directions, i also did the same with a strip of bolts around the top of the bellhousing
          I remember seeing that and have been looking for that post on the strip of bolts for the bell housing, was it the top three?

          terry

          Terry Hunt, Wilmington Delaware

          www.terryhunt.co.uk

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            #6
            Originally posted by trunt View Post

            I remember seeing that and have been looking for that post on the strip of bolts for the bell housing, was it the top three?

            terry
            Yes Terry, i'll se if i can find the pic
            Carbs suck.

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              #7
              Its best to stick them through the bell hosing or adaptor plate and tighten up to hold the bolts in the correct position. I think Neil said he tapped his adaptor plate holes and went with bigger bolts but i could be wrong.
              Carbs suck.

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                #8
                OK, Thanks..
                So when assembling, the bolts go throught the adaptor and the nuts are on the bellhousing side? I saw Neils info but this seems easier.. have welder - will weld!
                Sorry for the dumb questions but its been a couple of years since i ripped the old engine out of the donor!

                Terry
                Terry Hunt, Wilmington Delaware

                www.terryhunt.co.uk

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                  #9
                  The bolt heads are at the rear of the car so against the bellhousing and nuts are on the adaptor plate.
                  Carbs suck.

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                    #10
                    Yes I did tap the adaptor plate, UNC, same as the exhaust manifold to head bolts. Done this on all 5 of my Stag adaptor plates because even if the bolts are held together with a strip you still have the fun of trying to get the nuts on the bolts.
                    Neil
                    Neil
                    TV8, efi, fast road cams and home built manifolds. 246bhp 220lbft torque

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                      #11
                      do you need to take the manifold off to get to the bolts on the right hand side

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                        #12
                        "do you need to take the manifold off to get to the bolts on the right hand side"


                        I removed mine with the manifolds in place, fiddley but do-able, a few choice swear words certainly help.

                        It may depend if the bolts are fitted from the front or from the rear.

                        Alan

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by flying farmer View Post
                          Yes I did tap the adaptor plate, UNC, same as the exhaust manifold to head bolts. Done this on all 5 of my Stag adaptor plates because even if the bolts are held together with a strip you still have the fun of trying to get the nuts on the bolts.
                          Neil
                          How Many of the top bolts did you thread Neil? 3? all 6?

                          Terry
                          Last edited by trunt; 14th January 2020, 16:54.
                          Terry Hunt, Wilmington Delaware

                          www.terryhunt.co.uk

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                            #14
                            I have just checked my spare plate in the shed, and yes it is the top six holes. The original holes are just the right size to take a UNC tap.

                            The top half of the bell housing to adaptor plate joint is under compression due to the position of the engine and gearbox mounts so the top bolts do not need to be done up really tight. The major loads are taken by the original bolts at the bottom of the bell housing
                            Neil
                            Neil
                            TV8, efi, fast road cams and home built manifolds. 246bhp 220lbft torque

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                              #15

                              Thanks Neil,
                              with a knackered shoulder I am not going to get to that Adapter in the back of my attic any time soon! But I think I’ll do that, sounds like the way to go..

                              Terry
                              Terry Hunt, Wilmington Delaware

                              www.terryhunt.co.uk

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