Thanks for the response, you are my first replier. You are right about the time and you are also right about the hoist. Took my wifes car off sale and decided to get everything done at once, that makes the car reliable and keeps the brand in her favour.
Returning to the blog entry, the engine is now out and the gearbox separated, just waiting now for the gearbox to arrive from Adelaide.
Some learnings from today, having the hoist is a god send, lifting the engine out forward would have been awkward with the air con rad and compressor. Lifting the car off the engine is the way to go, a lot easier.
Some hints and tips if you are planning on doing what I am doing, buy a heater hose connector, the one with the bleed screw at the back of the engine, before you start the job, you will break it trying to get the hoses off.
Buy an aftermarket tranny filter, I was quoted near $250 for a genuine one, apparently when the tranny oil is changed at a proper garage the filter only ever gets cleaned, not replaced, something to bear in mind. I know a genuine one is the right way to go, however I would rather put in a $20 new one than a washed genuine one. I took mine apart and found silver shards in it, nuff said.
Also, tranny gasket is over $100 (genuine), the first time I pay that much for a gasket is the day after hell freezes over.
The one connection I forgot to disconnect was the vacuum connection to the brake servo, theres always one, no damage done caught it early.
I know I'm going to regret asking this, the circular plate in the centre of the flywheel, is this supposed to move? It is not loose, requires effort, however it does move independently of the flywheel..............anybody?
Finally, under my fuse box, some of the connections were definitely looking a bit worse for the wear, maybe something to check.
Thanks in anticipation. Pictures below of the days achievements.