Hello, lately I've been working on getting my old engine from my old car, into a new car. Both 156 pre-facelift.
Everywhere I've looked, including a few posts here, recommend dropping the engines down rather then lifting them out. Which is what I thought I'd try. I've done an engine swap once before, where I lifted it out, but as I tried to dismantle everything I can't figure out how you are supposed to lower it. Everywhere I've checked it sounds as if it should simply drop down.
I ended up lifting it out, as I have done before. But still got one more engine to remove and need to put this one into the other car, so would still like to know the easiest method.
My problem is that once it's all free, I can't get it down because both sides collide with the lower wishbone, or the metal plate that it is attached to, when lowering it. The engine simply seems too wide to drop down. Removing these would mean nearly dismantling the entire front suspension as far as I can see and require more work than lifting it out. I must clearly be missing out on something here...
Anyone with any fresh memories having taken one out, who can understand what I'm on about?
As a side note, I don't have a proper workshop to do this in, so I've had some difficulty raising the car enough to get the engine out if I were to take it out from below. I have equipment that can lift enough to raise the front of the car, but is there any place on the car that can take the stress without risking damage? Such as the bumper beam at the front? I fear these might not be able to take the weight in this direction, even without the weight of an engine.