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engine removal on Plus 2

PostPost by: potleyu18 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:35 am

Unfortunately after a long period of restoration it appears that despite turning the engine over by hand frequently when changing the flushing oil i noticed some bits of metal so its a full rebuild.
Question is which is the best method of removing the engine with or without the gearbox, the head is already off and thankfully no damage at all. It has a spider chassis if this makes any difference.

Grateful for any advice

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PostPost by: KevJ+2 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:12 am

Steve,
I removed my engine (head removed too) with the gearbox because I needed to strip the box too. If I only needed to work on the engine / clutch, I would personally only remove the engine. When I put it back I replaced them separately with no problems. I also found the height restriction a bother (in my case) with the box attached.
All in all, a simple job to remove the block only.
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PostPost by: potleyu18 » Sun Aug 17, 2014 4:16 pm

Thanks for the response and the engine came out nice and easy.

After stripping it down I found the water pump had almost disintegrated which explains the metal fragments.

Question is what's the best pump to replace this with and is it worth going for the burton alteration of replacing the front cover so the pump can be replaced without the usual strip down issues.

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PostPost by: KevJ+2 » Sun Aug 17, 2014 6:57 pm

Steve,
Well done on the stripdown. As for the water pump, I suppose it's personal choice and whether you want to part with a lot of money for something the original will still do. If like mine, your front cover is not damaged, a new pump for about ?40 should last many more years. The Burton type also needs the back plate and quite costly.
The assembly of the old pump is a pain but not too bad. After you have changed many things you will need to when rebuilding the engine, the pump cost may be more of an issue,
Good luck,
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PostPost by: Speedster » Mon Oct 06, 2014 3:42 pm

Hi. Need a bit of information. Can you remove the gearbox from a 1973 Elan Plus 2 without removing engine. Have lost reverse gear. Cheers
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PostPost by: fasterbyelan » Mon Oct 06, 2014 4:01 pm

Speedster wrote:Hi. Need a bit of information. Can you remove the gearbox from a 1973 Elan Plus 2 without removing engine. Have lost reverse gear. Cheers



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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Mon Oct 06, 2014 4:53 pm

fasterbyelan wrote:
Speedster wrote:Hi. Need a bit of information. Can you remove the gearbox from a 1973 Elan Plus 2 without removing engine. Have lost reverse gear. Cheers



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I think you can, but you need to remove the body first :lol:

Sorry Speedster, I'm afraid you need to remove the engine.
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PostPost by: PeterK » Mon Oct 06, 2014 5:35 pm

You're a wicked man, Alan :lol:
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Mon Oct 06, 2014 8:26 pm

Alan
Don't be silly,you don't need to remove the body,just an angle-grinder on the chassis...

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PostPost by: DavidLB » Tue Oct 07, 2014 2:31 pm

Ive seen a car where somebody did remove the bottom of the chassis(subframe) and pop riveted it back afterwards.
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PostPost by: alan » Tue Oct 07, 2014 6:34 pm

potleyu18 wrote:Thanks for the response and the engine came out nice and easy.

After stripping it down I found the water pump had almost disintegrated which explains the metal fragments.

Question is what's the best pump to replace this with and is it worth going for the burton alteration of replacing the front cover so the pump can be replaced without the usual strip down issues.

Steve

i can't understand how metal fragments from the waterpump can get into the engine o?l.
Have i missed something :?
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PostPost by: Speedster » Sun Nov 02, 2014 4:11 pm

Spyder fan wrote:
fasterbyelan wrote:
Speedster wrote:Hi. Need a bit of information. Can you remove the gearbox from a 1973 Elan Plus 2 without removing engine. Have lost reverse gear. Cheers



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I think you can, but you need to remove the body first :lol:

Sorry Speedster, I'm afraid you need to remove the engine.


Thanks for help, as only had the car a few weeks when box failed
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