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How big and handy is a twin spark engine

Yes, this is a bit weird..

I want to buy a old engine and take it apart, and maybe even put it together again.

How big and heavy is a 16V Euro II twin spark engine ?
The reason is, I can get an engine from a breaker and have it delivered at not a high cost, but I want to take it apart in the apartment (!) So I want some advice on how to do that..

Any advise on such a ludicrous idea ?
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I like your thinking The engine, if I must take a guess is about 200kg with all the auxiliaries still connected. The block itself is heavy/light enough so you can just manage to carry it, albeit with difficulty. What are your plans with it after the operation?
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you wouldnt want to be carrying it down any steps, you can carry an engine between two of ideally three. I can just about lift a block fitted with a crank and its pistons...

What size engine are you looking at? 1.6 1.8 2.0?
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I dont have any plans for after the operation, really. If I put it together again, the first step would probably be to take it to someone who knows what they are doing, and have them check it over, then see.

im looking for a 2.0 preferably. But I am in Ireland
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A friend of a friend had an engine in his flat. It was in the air some sort of arm/holder thing with castors on it. He'd rebuilt it. It was a 1049 Fiat motor.
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The completely bare engine is about 130kg.
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Nutty as a fruit cake, as mad as a box of frogs....!!!!!! On the other hand, you could make a coffee table, like the Top Gear table, albeit a 4 pot. Ash trays from piston crowns, paper weights from camshafts, a door stop from the crankshaft....
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I built my old Sud engine in our house back in 1990. On the 2nd floor too.
But that engine was only about 80kg, so considerably lighter than a 16v TS.
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Did a 1098cc A-series in the bedroom ...

Luckily at the time is was a spare bedroom ie no furniture, carpet, etc. I was not the most popular person in the house that winter ... and there was only two of us!! But it needed rebuilding and we only had a lock-up garage with no power (or heat!).

Stairs creaked a bit carrying the assembled block down again ...
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Its takes two (strong) people to lift a bare TS engine off a pallet and onto an engine stand. Wouldn't want to carry it far like that either.
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I'd check the floorboards and joists .. if ok.. why not??
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I pulled a Triumph Dolomite Sprint engine up to my 1st floor flat via the living room window then wheelbarrowed it into the spare bedroom for a rebuild.

Was a bit noisy removing some seized cylinder head bolts with a drill

Luckily the other half was in NZ for 2 months, hmm thats many moons ago lol.
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I pulled a Triumph Dolomite Sprint engine up to my 1st floor flat via the living room window then wheelbarrowed it into the spare bedroom for a rebuild.

Was a bit noisy removing some seized cylinder head bolts with a drill

Luckily the other half was in NZ for 2 months, hmm thats many moons ago lol.
It's nice to know there's another nutter out there.. It's great working on an engine with the central heating on and carpets and everything!!

mine was a Triumph straight six.

And a motorbike in the bath..

Quick re-decorate of the spare room before she gets back!!
And when she says 'what's that oily smell'
Just say.. 'I dunno'

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Back in the 70s i was an apprentice working in central london council blocks . 5 floors up guy had a massive harley davidson bike in bits over the lounge. 10 flights of stairs no lift still going down must of been easier.
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Managed to drag a complete engine with ancillaries across the floor of my garage and I must say it was darn heavy
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