I've really been slacking with my knackered 156 recently. Some of you may remember my thread from when I first got it - basically bought it for £100 and replacing the engine.
Aaaaaanyway this week I've been getting on with it. I got a friend to help me bust the gear linkage cables off, then had to resort to using a dremel to cut the bolts off the flange between the front and centre sections of the exhaust so that I could remove it to make way for the descent of the engine. After that minor inconvenience, today I set to work undoing the mounts and preparing to drop the engine....
Logistical problem number 1! The bolts on the two front mounts, and the top one, slackened off relatively easily. There is of course always one that causes a problem isn't there - and it would be the one on the mount right at the back of the engine, underneath the car and slap bang in the middle. I tried for ages this afternoon to shift the bugger but to no avail
To be honest I'm not expecting anyone to come up with any brilliant ideas because how many ways are there to turn a screw? I just want some sympathy because it's so frustrating. I've soaked the thing in penetrating (hehe) spray and bodged together a bar about 2 feet long to turn the thing, but all I did was knacker a socket. Has anyone had problems like this before, perhaps with this specific bolt? How hard would I be able to turn it before the bolt shears off and really spoils my plans??
Logistical problem number 2 isn't really so pressing but it's still gnawing away in the back of my mind. When I checked all the electrics before taking half the engine out, the fuel gauge showed the tank was practically full. Given that the car has been standing for over 3 years, I don't particularly want to run it on that manky petrol. So I need to empty the tank. But I don't want to syphon it and get a mouthful of petrol (not to mention the time it would take to syphon 50-odd litres). There's probably a way... again I just wanted a little moan!
Anyway some pics to keep you updated so you get something out of reading this long and rambling post!