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It's a Boy!
Well, it's the day I've been talking about for months - I finally got the engine pulled out of the vert. It didn't snow or rain, and it only took a couple hours since I've had so much time to prep. A couple things I learned:

1) Even if you know there are 6 bolts connecting the engine to the bell housing, count how many are in the baggie. If there's five, it means you still have one to remove. If you don't remove it, it will be exponentially more difficult to separate the engine from the bell housing. If, after being distracted, you count them again, and there are still 5 in the baggie, you still forgot to remove the last bolt. So what does that tell you? REMOVE the bolt!

2) If the shop manual even goes so far as to say, "it's a good idea to use a six-point socket on the torque converter nuts to prevent rounding off the nut head. Removing stripped and damaged torque converter nuts is an unnecessary waste of time", then you know that you have to be careful removing them. Knucklehead. So that's why I had to remove the torque converter with the engine. I was told it would be a big mess with all the ATF that comes out with the torque converter, but there wasn't ANY ATF that came out when I pulled it out. I wonder why?

So this is what it looked like:

.jpg   Engine ready to pull.JPG (Size: 62.68 KB / Downloads: 115)

.jpg   Engine chained up.JPG (Size: 75.63 KB / Downloads: 115)

.jpg   Prying engine from tranny.JPG (Size: 54.6 KB / Downloads: 116)

.jpg   Separating engine from tranny.JPG (Size: 57.61 KB / Downloads: 116)

.jpg   Hoisting engine out.JPG (Size: 66.16 KB / Downloads: 116)

.jpg   Engine in garage.JPG (Size: 56.95 KB / Downloads: 116)

.jpg   Empty engine bay.JPG (Size: 55.62 KB / Downloads: 115)

Now, what's the best way to remove this torque converter bolt that I've kind of rounded of. These suckers are TIGHT. I've used a bunch of penetrating fluid, which hasn't helped yet. Could I heat it up with a propane torch? I don't want to resort to the cutting wheel yet if I can avoid it.

.jpg   Stuck torque converter bolt.JPG (Size: 60.14 KB / Downloads: 114)



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well well well Doc!! the engine bay looks very clear... No accidents on this stang isnt it!??
Are you still planning to make the movement on clean anr repaint the engine bay?? Ask me for any help man... I'll share everything i know... This vert is going to became awsome man!..

Keep working!!

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Nice progress. It looks like the nuts are damaged to the point that you would never want to re-use them - very tight vice-grip. Looking forward to see how it all goes from here. All the best.
Doc, Irin make a set of 3/8/sockets for striped bolt and nuts. The set I have come in 3/8 to 5/8 and I got it att the Do It Best store. They are life savers.

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Nice progress Doc. I think some heat might work. Mark

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Looks like a BIG boy. Congratulations!

Heat & vice grips.

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Congrats Doc, so what are the plans for rebuild? Or is the focus on the body for now?
use a sharp chisel on the shoulder of the nut, hit it in the direction it turns to loosen. a few sharp blows will break it loose...the nut is already ruined.
Glad to see you could get out and work on it. I just did an engine swap on the red Mach 1 in Sept. with the help of my friend Dave, so I feel your pain it did not go the way it was supposed to the 4-speed gave us fits trying to get it to line up. The clip on the brand new throw out bearing broke after it was manhandled in! But your project is looking good! Have you seen the mirror yet?

Regards tom

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coilwire;14925 Wrote:Doc, Irin make a set of 3/8/sockets for striped bolt and nuts. The set I have come in 3/8 to 5/8 and I got it att the Do It Best store. They are life savers.
everyone needs a set of these, they work fantastic. wouldnt do without them now.

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