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removing motor

Is it easier to pull the stock motor from the top or bottom? I planned on putting the car on some high jack stands and dropping the motor/tranny assy togeather along with the front x-member/suspension.
 
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it's much easier to drop the motor/tranny out of the bottom of the car. what I had to do because I couldn't get the car up high enough was drop the motor down to where I could get at the tranny bolts, get that off and then pull the motor out through the top of the engine bay. This is a pain in the rear, if you can get the car up high enough to get everything out the bottom do it! :)


All you'd have to do is drop the engine crossmember, the tranny crossmember, disconnect everything off the engine and drop it right out the bottom. Just watch out for the bolts that have non-captive nuts in really nasty places X( that was my biggest problem, I think the worst ones were the mounting bolts on the suspension crossmember


Anyways, good luck to you, took me about 6hrs to get it out, should go faster dropping it out the bottom
 
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Good luck with that swap. I was pondering the use of a rotary as well, perhaps even a turbocharged 13b, but that may be a bit down the road, since I just spent quite a bit on the current engine. :)

Keep us updated.
 
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damn, 34" is quite a lot of clearance. I don't know if I have a jack that will get it that high, will probably have to do it in 2-3 sessions adding blocks to the jack. If you were to unbolt the bellhousing from the tranny and put the motor on its side to slide out (on plywood or something of course) about how much would it lower the necessesary height?
 
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not sure if the engine bay is wide enough to get it rotated around to take out on it's side, if you can it would drop it by about a foot or so. You'd have to take the intake/exhaust manafold off and do it on that side prolly.
 
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Thats kind of what I was thinking, if you could get like 2 ft under it and lower the engine/tranny, then take the bellhousing apart from the tranny and turn rotate the motor while it is on the ground, like a slide - turn - slide type motion if you had to. When we did a ford tempo we let the motor down to the ground, then hooked the chain hoist to the car and lifted it about 3ft in the air, slid the old one out and the new one in, lowered the car on top of it and then raised the motor up. That was kind of fun.
 
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engine removal

The height of the engine is reduced quite a bit if you take the head off first (before you jack up the car) so you don't need to raise the car so high to remove the engine....
 
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Last time I pulled the motor out of a GT I placed the front on ramps, unbolted the motor and trans, lowered them to the ground, then had 2 friends help me lift the front of the car over the engine and roll it back on the back wheels. Keep in mind my friends are strapping Navy guys, but the front of a GT really isnt that heavy with the motor and trans removed.
The same idea would probably work if you lowered the motor onto a creeper and had someone pull it out.
Just another idea.
 
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i have a 1970 opel gt and i wanted to swap out the engine and tranny with a chevy small block 250 or 350 with a 350 turbo tranny. anyone know if this is possible. thanks
 
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Anything is possible as long as you're willing to put the time and money in

But yeah, I've seen Opel's with Chevy 350's in them, there was a lot of extra framework so that the car wouldn't twist from the torque, but yeah it's possible.

You'd prolly be better off sticking a Chevy v-6 in it, I've heard those are a lot easier to stick in, and you wouldn't have to beef the frame up as much.

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Opel Hemi

Your gonna die, but Hot Rod magazine did a story about 14 years ago about a GT that had a Hemi in it. Needless to say, it was "kinda" fast.

By the way, that link up there doesn't work. I tried to view your rotary project and it gives me "Page can not be displayed"

Voodoou
 
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