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So the plan is to get stuck in on Saturday and get the cylinder heads off to rebuild them.

Any tips, pointers or anything I should be aware of in advance??

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Take the engine out, you'll be glad you did.
 

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Cheers guys, really dont want to be messing about with dropping the engine out....but if it's the best option I'd better get stuck in!!

How do I go about it? Is it something I can do on my own or will I need a friend to help??
 

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if PUD says drop the engine i would trust his judjment he has done this several times i am sure i am guessing your saving your self a whole heap of trouble and sear words by dropping it and having clear access to everything
 

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Well you can do it in the car, and many people do. I'm not sure how well you are set up at home to be dealing with moving an engine & box but doing any major work on these engines in the cars is awkward, even for mechanics with specialist tools. Taking the engine out will add hours to the job but it makes removing & refitting the heads easy rather than an ache. Also, with the engine out it means you can do anything that you need to do. You may get so far into the job and then need to take the engine out anyway, for example if it shows signs of liner seal failure.
 

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I agree with Pud, take the engine out, its much easier to do all the work on the engine you need like that.

However if you have reasons to do it with the engine in the cars for example not having equipment or help to remove the engine, its still doable.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee114/gotcha147/147 GTA Q2 Rebuild/Engine Trouble/009.jpg

With the engine inside the car, the difficult part is to remove and refit the belts and release the bolts on the rear manifold. Otherwise its doable.
 

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Maybe I should just learn to leave the bloomin thing alone!! lol

I need to change the exhaust manifolds at the same time so dropping it out is probably the best option

I have a big garage but pretty limited on specialist equipment. My main fear of dropping the engine out is not being abe to get it back in again or even damaging something while removing or replacing it. I'll have a look over the weekend and weigh up my options.
 

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I agree with Pud, take the engine out, its much easier to do all the work on the engine you need like that.

However if you have reasons to do it with the engine in the cars for example not having equipment or help to remove the engine, its still doable.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee114/gotcha147/147 GTA Q2 Rebuild/Engine Trouble/009.jpg

With the engine inside the car, the difficult part is to remove and refit the belts and release the bolts on the rear manifold. Otherwise its doable.
Thats 156/147/GT, there is even less space on a GTV! :eek:
 

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Thats 156/147/GT, there is even less space on a GTV! :eek:
So it's all or nothing then!!

Can I drop it out if I prop the front end of the car up and lower it with a trolley jack or does it have to be lowered from above?

Sorry if these are stupid questions, I just want to get everything planned out in my head before I start this
 

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If you can borrow a pallet & pallet truck they are great for dropping engines out onto, if you can get the car high enough.
 

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If you can borrow a pallet & pallet truck they are great for dropping engines out onto, if you can get the car high enough.
Hmmm..I wonder if work would notice them missing?? :lol: Actually this might just be an option, will look into it tomorrow
 

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Hmm, that's probably a bit much. I was going to use the beams on my garage to lower it down. They are pretty heavy but probably not up to the job.

Might have to look into hiring an engine hoist
 

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Not a bad price but considering how many times I'll get to use it I'll probably just try to hire one
 
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