My Haynes is at the garage so I'm running blind on this till tomorrow....
Do engine and box both drop or do they have to be removed from the top out?
Thanks for the pointers, I believe the engine & box is the way I'm headed at this point.
Easy mate, just go at it in this order :
1 - put the car on tall stands like Kev said, take the wheels off, take the brake hoses off and remove the 4 bolts of the shock absorbers to the hubs on each side.
2 - remove first the two small bolts on the front centre of the crossmember ( engine to crossmember mount ).Then take out the 6 bolts on each side of the drive axles to gearbox so the drive axles will drop off. Then the 2 big bolts on each side of the front section of the crossmember - using a jack to hold it up.
Dont worry if it falls on your head, its not that heavy
Remove the bolts completely from within the crossmember, otherwise when you take out the rear bolts, it wont be aligned and it wont drop down.
Keep the jack holding the front up and take out the 2 bolts left that hold the left and right arms to the body.
Jack down - crossmember off
3- take off the exhaust manifolts, REMOVE THEM FROM UNDERNEATH THE CAR !!! Dont just pull them aside, because it will just be in the way.
4 - Take a piece of chain and two shackles, bolt that chain on the two ears of the engine right and left under the carbs.
Go under the car and take out the gearbox mount right under the gearstick.
Take out the front side engine stabilizing mount if you have one while you are there as well as the reverse gear switch 2 cables and the speedo cable from within the gearbox.
5 - disconnect the number 12 bolt of the clutch feed line from the slave clutch cylinder, the feed and return fuel hoses, the ground cables from the starter mounts, the battery, then the power cable to the starter, and plugs to starter switch and alternator.
REMOVE THE DIZZY CAP COMPLETELY with spark cables on it. If you dont, you will brake the dizzy cap. Also remove the water hoses to the radiator, heater box and radiator filler container if you like. Then the throttle cable and carb air cable if you have one.
6 - remove the gear knob from within the car, put your crane in front of the car and attach it to the chain you put earlier. Lift the crane up until the chain is tight, but not that much so the car will start lifting off the stands.
If you have a very short platform with wheels put it right under the engine.
Unscrew the middle number 19 nut in the middle, and lift the engine up just a bit.
7 - your engine is now free. Take the middle bolt out completely now that you lifted the engine and freed the bolt. You can slightly move the engine now to take the bolt out. No sudden moves. Lower the crane down slowly. The engine will drop down now. Direct the front crank pulley away from the radiator as it goes down.
Have in mind that the engine will drop left or right when it touches the ground. The oil pan will not keep the engine straight.
8. Now with the engine on the floor, what I do is put back the center 19 bolt and nut on the car, hook my crane on that , and lift the car up until the engine can be pulled from underneath with good clrearance.
If you do this, the car will start moving forward as well as lean left and right , so be quick and very very carefull
Max 3 hour job if you are by yourself. 2 hour job if you have someone to help you. 4 hour job if you have one of my friends "helping" you out
Haynes manual my bottom !!! Chris manual is better
The worst job from the above for me is removing the 6 allen bolts from each side's drive axles to the gearbox ! Make sure your allen key is in perfect condition, your bolts are clean from dirt on the inside, and be sure that your allen key goes all the way into the bolt and that its straight when you are loosening those bolts. They can easily be damaged, and then the only thing that will be screwed ... is you
Hope this helps
Best of luck
best way is to get the car on axle stands and drop the engine/box down as one then pull it all out from underneath. i made a small frame that fits onto a trolley jack and bolts to the engine block, comes out nice and secure that way
or he can try my fast engine removal method