Pulling the Engine on a Classic 'Stang
Make a photo diary as you proceed. Focus on bracketry and hardware etc.
Poke holes in a sheets of labled cardboard to store any removed engine bolts
in their respective locations.
Drain coolant from radiator@ petcock.
Remove and plug fuel hose @ pump.
Remove radiator and shroud, trans. cooler lines (and plug) where applicable.
Loosen exhaust manifold to head pipe nuts. An extra long wobble extension and
socket can be used from underside later.
Remove accelerator linkage and carbureter. Make a solid gasket from thin cardboard
or tape holes to guard against accidently dropping something into the intake.
Unplug or remove alternator harness and engine feed loom. Leave battery cables
intact for now.
Remove both heater hoses from engine.
Loosen or remove from bell housing as many bolts (6, usually) as possible that
are not accessible from the underside. Trans mod. vac. line on automatics, A/C, and
Power steering, Pwr brake where applicable.
I keep bolts separated as to location. Upper engine bay, lower engine bay, and
after engine is removed.
Block behind the rear tires and jack the front end up as high as safely possible,
on level ground. Place jackstands under frame rail.
Be careful at all times while working under any vehicle. Always think ''Safety
For an automatic trans, remove access cover bolts to remove the four special
torque converter retaining nuts.
Bump engine at starter solenoid or at 15/16 crankshaft damper bolt if by hand,
to rotate to each torque converter nut. (4) When all converter nuts are removed,
push it back towards the transmission.
Remove starter and wire. Check for and unfasten any trans cooler lines if connected
to the engine.
Finish removing the bell housing bolts and exhaust @ manifold pipe. Slip exhaust
flange retainer off the studs or unbolt headers at top and bottom if so equipped.
Remove motor mount bolts at engine. Remove battery ground cable to engine and
also firewall ground.
Drain engine oil.
Take a break and put away most the tools. Locate a large screwdriver.
Place floorjack with board under the trans. oil pan. Use to adjust and keep angles
parallel when engine is lifted.
Have a drain pan ready to catch dribblings if trans. dipstick tube is removed
(not necessary to remove if you are carefull)
Double check to ascertain if any other physical connections exist and rectify
Balance point on most small blocks is between carb mount studs. Accessories at
front of engine alters balance point. If not using an engine sling or puller plate,
bolt chain across studs as close to manifold as possible. Leave about four inches
Set engine puller to be as stable as possible with a short (2 or 3 chain links)connected
to chain @ manifold carb studs. Use a puller plate if your intake is aluminum.
Hood can be removed, but it is not necessary in most instances if these directions
Pump ''cherry picker'' a couple of strokes and stop to adjust trans support jack
at pan and check for missed bolts etc.
Raise Transmission Jack to keep angles parallel at the rear of engine block.
Check and adjust while raising engine in increments. Do not bind up angles between
engine/trans. Spacer plate stays on the engine.
When engine begins to float up off its mounts, check the balance point as not
too front heavy. Grab and shake/ pull forward on engine in attempt to break free
and separate the bell housing. Use the large screwdriver to evenly separate from
blocks bell housing alignment dowells if necessary.
Continue to manipulate the engine with the nose tilted slightly up to prevent
a water spill from pumps lower hose, (or cap off water pumps outlet).
Slowly and gently coax the engine from car to its resting place on the shop floor
with a 4x 4 block of wood to support the oil pan at the rear.
With drain pan under front of engine, raise rear to drain most of coolant from
Tie transmission bell housing up or support at frame with 2x4 wooden crossmember
with bolts placed in bell housing. Slide the heavy torque converter out ot the bell
hsg and keep the front side facing downward to prevent a fluid spill. Slip a cap
from a spray paint can over the opening to protect against foreign matter entering
the converters fluid. Remove jack and lower vehicle back to floor. Clean your mess.
Be aware engines are top heavy and are capable of causing great bodily harm,
if proper respect and common sense are ignored !!