[ROVERNET - UK] Engine removal

peter king peter at king-co.com
Fri Apr 21 15:55:16 BST 2006

Hi Lance.

I recently pulled the motor from my 70 3500s. The manual covers it  
well. I pulled engine and transmission together, a simple de-coupling  
from the drive shaft, and removed everything I could beforehand. I  
found it was not necessary to remove the bonnet, but that will depend  
on the type of hoist you are using. I propped the bonnet open as far  
as it would go and had plenty of clearance.

If you are dismantling the motor yourself, get some big ziplock  
freezer bags and label everything as you remove it, noting  
orientation and order of removal. This will make your life a lot  
easier on re-assembly.  Once you've removed the engine and stripped  
it down, you'll find that the block is very light--no back damage  
necessary. I've just recently hauled all my dismantled bits to the  
machine shop for inspection, and am in the process of cleaning up the  
rest of the engine compartment. This is a back-burner project for me,  
so you'll probably get to the re-assembly before I do, but feel free  
to get in touch with me to compare notes. This will be my first  
rebuild as well.

Best of luck on your adventure!


On Apr 20, 2006, at 11:27 PM, Lance La Certe wrote:

> Hi all,
> We'll I'm about to take the plunge and rebuild the tired old motor  
> on my
> '70 3500S.  Actually I'm going to have someone else rebuild it, but  
> decided
> to save a lot of money and remove and reinstall it myself.   I would
> appreciate helpful tips from many of the Rovernetters who have  
> infinitely
> more wisdom and experience than I.   I have a fair amount of  
> mechanical
> skill, but not necessarily experience-----READ----I've never pulled an
> engine (but have rebuilt the master cylinder/brake servo, the de  
> Dion tube,
> and the carbs)......so................
> 1) Since the transmission has been rebuilt, is it advisable to  
> place a jack
> under it and unbolt the engine to remove it, or is it easier to  
> pull the
> engine and tranny and then separate them for the engine rebuild?
> 2) How much 'stuff' should I remove, before pulling the engine (e.g.,
> obviously the bonnet, I'm assuming the radiator.....but what about any
> other bits.......I do have the complete shop manuals and will be  
> studying
> them, but often advice on the Rovernet is much more precise).
> Any help in advance would be appreciated.
> Lance La Certe, Denver, CO
> lacpsyd at earthlink.net
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