Can you fit an engine by yourself?

The answer apparently is with great difficulty!! I had a spare hour yesterday so thought I would get the engine and gearbox in and mark out the mount holes ready to drill.

Being the time concious and efficient fellow I am, I thought the best course of action would be to join the engine and gearbox together a la…


And let the whole lot slip easily into the engine bay. Turns out there isnt as much room to manoeuvre as I thought and I managed to get the whole lot wedged dramatically at an angle between the suspension and the transmission tunnel!

The even better part of this venture was that the engine which I thought was completely drained…clearly wasn’t! And whilst jammed at an angle decided to release a never ending flood of oil all over the garage floor.

In the end I gave in and split the whole assembly. And for anybody interested the method for fitting a zetec into a fury is as follows…

1. Gearbox into tunnel
2. Engine into bay
3. Attach engine to gearbox whilst still attached to crane
4. Attach engine Mounts
5. Finally lower into position

I now need to work out how far back I can mount the engine, before the clutch fork fouls the chassis. Overall not a particularly constructive hour… It does at least however all fit.



How to remove a flywheel?


How do you remove a flywheel without the correct locking tools?

As per the picture above you will need something that can hold the flywheel in place and stop it rotating whilst you undo the bolts.

Ive used Uni Strut as its like grownup Meccano and has elongated holes which means it lines up with the clutch bolts easily.

You could use anything, as long as it is long and strong enough to do the job.
You just nees to measure the holes where the clutch cover plate would attach and bolt it on. Then simply wedge your homebrew locking tool either against the floor or under your foot, and hey presto the flywheel is fixed in place allowing you to loosen the flywheel bolts. Simples


So, I think ive been here before! Having sold all the parts I thought i wouldnt need for the klde I now find myself in the position of needing some of them back.

I started the hunt for a type 9, and it wasnt long before one came up on Gumtree only 20 minutes down the road from work. It didn’t have a gear lever so I was unable to check the mechanism, but it looked clean enough and there didn’t seem to be much end float in the main shaft.

Lets hope i haven’t bought an expensive paper weight!!

I don’t seem to have a picture to show, so I’ll try and take one tomorow and upload it.