Lotus Elan

Engine removal question

PostPost by: hetchins » Sat Apr 16, 2005 8:44 pm

I'm trying to remove the engine from my Elan while leaving the
gearbox and bellhousing in place. So far I've just tried pulling the
engine forward with the engine on a hoist and everything unbolted,
but no luck. Is this something that requires much force? I'm trying
to avoid damaging something.

Thanks for any advice.

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PostPost by: "Brian Goodison" » Sat Apr 16, 2005 10:01 pm

--- In ***@***.***, "hetchins23" <[email protected]> wrote:

I've just tried pulling the

engine forward with the engine on a hoist and everything unbolted,
Is this something that requires much force?


Not really although it can stick on the two dowels locating the
engine
to the gearbox,suggest you recheck you've got all the bolts out
including the starter,clutch slave cylinder and lower bellhouseing
dust plate.
Brian
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PostPost by: Rob_LaMoreaux » Sun Apr 17, 2005 12:48 pm

I'm trying to remove the engine from my Elan while leaving the
gearbox and bellhousing in place. So far I've just tried pulling the
engine forward with the engine on a hoist and everything unbolted,
but no luck. Is this something that requires much force? I'm trying
to avoid damaging something.


Did you unbolt or at least loosen the transmission mounts. The tranny needs
to tilt a bit for the engine to clear the front crossmember. I've removed
the engine alone a couple of times. I find it a bit easier than trying to
remove it with the tranny attached since that requires the engine to be
rotated to the exhaust side.

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PostPost by: johnjacobs » Mon Apr 18, 2005 2:52 pm

I'm trying to remove the engine from my Elan while leaving the
gearbox and bellhousing in place.

Bob,
I managed this by loosening the gearbox mounts and jacking the front
of the bellhousing up a few inches - this gave enough clearance for
the sump to clear the front crossmember.

John

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PostPost by: "Roger Sieling" » Mon Apr 18, 2005 3:17 pm

It is also important to remove the plastic consul from the interior to avoid damage to it when the shift lever is moved out of normal position while jacking the gearbox to the required angle.

Roger

>> ***@***.*** 4/18/05 10:52:14 AM >>>

I'm trying to remove the engine from my Elan while leaving the
gearbox and bellhousing in place.

Bob,
I managed this by loosening the gearbox mounts and jacking the front
of the bellhousing up a few inches - this gave enough clearance for
the sump to clear the front crossmember.

John

74 UK Elan +2, 73 US Elan +2









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