How to install a Type I

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How to install a Type I

Postby darisb » Sat Aug 13, 2016 6:19 am

I'm ready to install my Type I long block into my TR. There is a torsion bar right behind the firewall that will be close to the crank pulley. I am wondering if it would be easier to take the oil cooler off and roll it under the car, or lift it over the transmission into the car?
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Re: How to install a Type I

Postby darisb » Sat Aug 13, 2016 6:21 am

Ha, ha. I just went out to the garage to look at my car. The floor extends past the torsion bar by a few inches, so over the top is it.
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Re: How to install a Type I

Postby Larry Jowdy » Sun Aug 14, 2016 5:27 am

When Chuck Beck built cars with torsion bars, 2 guys would pick up the engine and straddle the car until they could lower it to the transaxle.
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Re: How to install a Type I

Postby darisb » Mon Aug 15, 2016 2:50 pm

That's what I'm thinking. I'm getting older and the back is getting weaker. When I was younger I would pull and install a bug or bay window bus motors by myself with a floor jack. Luckily I got the motor in long block form.
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Re: How to install a Type I

Postby Larry Jowdy » Mon Aug 15, 2016 4:15 pm

You can remove the rear clamshell and use a cherry picker
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Re: How to install a Type I

Postby darisb » Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:01 am

I'm definitely going to remove the clamshell. I think I'm going to put some blankets on the transmission and towels on the torson bar tube, and try to muscle the long block in with the help of a friend. I don't have a engine hoist, and I'd like to avoid renting one if I can.
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Re: How to install a Type I

Postby DessauSpeed » Fri Aug 19, 2016 6:39 pm

I just did this on Thursday. I pulled the trans mount bolts out and jacked it up a bit. I lowered the motor (less the carbs and fan shroud) onto the trans with a cherry picker. I did it by myself and it only took like 15min. I did not remove the clamshell, It opens up with plenty of room to spare. When I pulled the motor, my buddy and I lifted the it out by hand, and it was very cumbersome. The motor has to be twisted and turned in all directions, as it's wider than the space between the tube and the tranny. I'm guessing it would be next to impossible doing it that way on the install. Save time and skin and use a cherry picker. Don't forget to put some grease on the end of the main shaft.
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How to install a Type I

Postby egrant5329 » Tue Aug 23, 2016 12:51 pm

I used an el cheapo winch from harbor freight to install my engine. It worked great.
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Re: How to install a Type I

Postby Ralphc » Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:24 am

Come Along with lifting straps. Strip the top of the engine - Carbs, alternator. Undo bellhouse mounts & jack up transmission. This is on car with torsion bar tube and big oil pump- no clearance for straight pull off input shaft.
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Re: How to install a Type I

Postby darisb » Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:44 am

Well, I broke my wrist before I could muscle it into my Spyder, so now I'm looking for a used hoist.
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Re: How to install a Type I

Postby DessauSpeed » Thu Aug 25, 2016 12:12 pm

Look at a tool rental place. We have Sunbelt in Cincinnati, they have them listed for $26 bucks a day. I'm sure most cities have places like that. Sorry about the wrist!
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Re: How to install a Type I

Postby darisb » Fri Aug 26, 2016 7:41 am

Yeah, small town. Nothing for rent. I was thinking if I am careful, I could probably use my tractor.
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