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Leedrage
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Engine removal

Postby Leedrage » Fri May 24, 2019 6:45 pm

Hi everyone after some help. I'm just about to remove the engine from my recently purchased mini freestyle. Has anyone found the best way to remove, is it engine and subframe out or I was thinking of cutting the rear brace bar out. Then making 2 double bolted ends to place back in, any thought or help would be much appreciated. Thanks

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Re: Engine removal

Postby Phaeton » Sat May 25, 2019 12:26 am

Both methods have been used, I personally went for the unbolt & support the front of the subframe, then lift & walk chassis forward, can be done on your own but best with 2 people.

But it can't be done unless you start a build thread to keep us all up to date, it's a bit quiet around here so new blood & pictures will be welcome.

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Re: Engine removal

Postby Danny » Tue May 28, 2019 7:56 pm

I have always done it by unbolting and lifting

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Re: Engine removal

Postby Leedrage » Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:09 pm

In the end I went for the cut the top bar and out through the top. I made up a support gantry frame on the roof so I could winch up and slide back on that.
Engine is now having a full make over as was hard to start, compression was down to about 45psi on 3 cylinders. I think it had been sat with water in for some time. So rebore new pistons crank regrind, new cam bearings, as gearbox was in a sorry state and had been running on iys own swarf for a while I think. Will get new cam oil pump and other bits at the same time. Its a MG metro engine so hopefully will be quite sweet when finished.
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Re: Engine removal

Postby Danny » Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:43 pm

blimey.... that top bar is quite a bar to cut out...

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Re: Engine removal

Postby Leedrage » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:11 pm

It's not that bad it's only 1.2/1.6mm thick so not a major structural part, will replace it with may be 2.5mm welded back in, not a problem and mad life so much easier.

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Re: Engine removal

Postby Phaeton » Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:10 pm

I think Danny has had a few ciders & thought the image through your cylinder head was the bar you'd cut out.

A few people have cut that out & not replaced it, it was mainly there to get the chassis square when welding up & slightly safer when handling afterwards. Others have made it bolt in/out to make engine removal easier as you have found.

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Re: Engine removal

Postby 250buggys » Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:11 pm

Yep like alan said you can do away with that piece of tube

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Re: Engine removal

Postby Leedrage » Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:19 pm

Engine back from the machine shop at last.
A lot of new bits and reconditioned bit ready to put back together, engine block painted ready for assembly.
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Re: Engine removal

Postby Phaeton » Sun Jul 21, 2019 3:19 pm

Looking good, I decided to change my cambelt this weekend only to find despite being assured I'd ordered the right cambelt it was the wrong one

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Re: Engine removal

Postby Leedrage » Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:34 pm

Yes it's a pain in the butt, just got half way through pitting the crank and pistons in and found out I've got the wrong main shells.


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