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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-20-2015, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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7 engine removal

Need to remove engine (116E) to replace rear seal and clutch.
Are there any shortcuts or need to know to make it easier?
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I haven't pulled a Ford engine from a 7 but I have taken out and replaced a BMC. Not having the fenders in the way helps. I pulled the ancillaries including the fan prior to removing the engine and transmission as a unit. A leveling unit was very helpful.

I have heard that jacking up the car helps if you are removing the engine and transmission as a unit. Supposedly it helps clearance with the tail of the transmission and the ground.

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This is a question for the mailing list: Lotus Info Page

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Need to remove engine (116E) to replace rear seal and clutch.
Are there any shortcuts or need to know to make it easier?
S L O W L Y



Its a tight fit! You'll need to lift a little, check all clearances... etc
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Having done this too many time to count...

1) As a unit - engine with gearbox
2) pull the driveshaft!
3) pull the headers
4) can leave on the carbs
5) use a load leveler, it helps a LOT
6) lift up, tilting the nose up and pulling forward until the front of the engine clears the cross member of the chassis. Then pull forward to get the gearbox out of the tunnel.

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If I recall, you should drain the oil from the gearbox before you remove the drive shaft to avoid making a mess.

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If I recall, you should drain the oil from the gearbox before you remove the drive shaft to avoid making a mess.
YES!!!

BTW, I refill in car by removing the top cover of the gearbox. You can try going through the side, but I found it's more difficult.

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Very easy to do. Should take you a few hours. What kind of 7? Lotus 7, Caterham 7? If it is one with a Sierra box, once out, remove the cover and weld on a bung so you can fill it from the top and check the level from the top

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Thanks to all for the info. will do ALL that was suggested.
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Few other thoughts:

1. I stick a big socket in the tailshaft, This helps even more the oil draining out the back.

2. I've found it easier to remove the oil pan for more clearance. I also remove the water pump if I'm replacing.

3. Depending on your car (LHD, RHD) you may need to take off the starter.

4. The remote extension (if you have one) is best removed from the interior for the rear bolts and the engine bay for the fronts.

5. Don't forget all the ancillary stuff - Ground wires, speedo cable, fuel lines, etc.
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I've only done it a few times on SB1788. Its super easy. I left fenders on. Put it on jack stands. On the 116E the carbs are off with the header. The levelling bar on my HF hoist is a giant help. I have an electric fan on the radiator. That goes, with the rediator. Take off the remote, if you have the Ford trans with Triumph remote like SB1788 does. Water pump stays on. I've had it out and back in (enough to bring the rented hoist back) in half of a day when it was just a rear main seal. There is more oil in the trans than you think. Its at least as easy as any other engine I've had out. I'll also say that you can eyeball the clutch install well enough to do without the centering tool, anthough the tool is nice. Mine are usually hiding until I'm done.
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