there are a lot of vacume pipes that you should label cos i got them mixed up once and forgot where they went. the inlet is the tricky one i think you can leave it mostly connected but the exhaust needs to come off.
Hi Wrinx.. the Q4 is dead at the moment. It went pop on the way to work a couple of weeks ago... Driving along at about 40mph off boost & it kind of juddered then there was lots of smoke\steam & no power etc. So it's a blown head gasket, possibly burnt\dropped a valve & cylinder 4 is currently full of water. Oh dear. (hence the quick flogging of the silverstone to raise the cash to fix it).
Steve Webb's been a great help so far but I havn't really started the big stip down yet - thats the only thing which will tell me if it's bent a conrod or damaged a piston etc. Either way, I've got two part worn kidneys for sale if anyone wants one wink
Hmmm, if you have seen the effort needed to drop the engine from a Q4 you wouldn't have suggested that. Besides a nice film of oil keeps the rust at bay.
Alex, in the off chance you haven't got to that part in the workshop manual yet, it looks like the prefered way to get the head off is with exhaust and inlet manifold in situ. (you'll be needing a hoist for that then)
Seeing as the engine/gearbox is going to be coming out from underneath the car, you are going to need to get the front of the car a good couple of feet in the air, then remove disconnect the prop, remove wishbones and drop the front subframe, then disconnect whatever you can get your hands to, drop the engine 6 inches, disconnect the rest, drop the engine onto a couple of chunks of wood and drag out the way.
i was talking to the 'grale guy' and he said you can take the head off without removing the inlet manifold from the engine bay,so you wont need to worry about all those pipes but you will need to take out the rad as in the piccy.