Nick: Thanks for the "TCS Gen2 3SGTE Heat Shield link"
Removing the rear cross member from my rolling shell was very difficult. The four bolts had frozen solid. Could not budge them using my 1/2"drive with the longest bar. Sprayed them as best I could with WD40 and let them soak but had my doubts that I got much penetrating fluid where it needed to be. Tried again an hour later and still no luck. I came to the conclusion that the original engine might have been disassembled in the shell probably removing the cylinder head and just about anything else to enable the block to be lifted out the top of the engine bay.
There was no way I would attempt putting my new engine and gearbox in from the top. Probably impossible with the gearbox attached so back to getting these four cross member bolts free. Extended my socket bar to double the length and with all my strength finally got them loose and out.
I was very relieved to find the threads on these four bolts where still in good condition. A good wire brushing to remove surface rust and a wash in kero brought them up good. Will be using silver goop anti-seize on these four bolts when they go back in.
Engine ready to go in.
I gave it a lot thought about how I was going to lift the SW20 shell without damaging the body and decided to pull it up with two chain blocks connected to the left and right engine mounts. I had the two long bolts that normally go through the engine mounts available but hooking a chain block hook under one of these bolts would have the tendency to possibly bend the bolt and then distort the engine mount itself on the shell. To overcome this from happening I made up some solid round 1 inch dia spacers the width of the factory engine mounts, a hole through the middle to except the long bolts. Fit the original nut to the long engine mount bolt and tighten up with the new spacer in place and now we have very little chance of bending anything.
This engine balancer made it very easy to keep the engine/trans at the right angle for relocation back on its mounts.
The two spacers I used to reinforce the engine mounts while lifting the SW20 shell high enough to get the engine/trans in place for installation.
Lifting SW20 shell.
post edited by kojab - 2018/06/23 20:45:43