Vandejo project – Replacing the fuel lines (cont.)

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

I left off of day 1 with a single bolt keeping me from getting the engine out of Vandejo. Well, I managed to get the bolt out finally. But getting the engine out afterward was much more labor intensive than I expected. Being an automatic transmission, there is this huge growth of metal between the case and the flywheel that is not on an engine with a manual transmission. You thought it was a tight fit for a manual? Try an automatic.

Needless to say, I will NOT be trying to get this engine back in with out first dropping and mating the tranny to it. Any future engine drops will include the tranny as well. But…..the engine is out now!! It involved my lovely wife Leah, pulling back on the atv jack while I used another floor jack to apply support under the fly wheel and keep it from dragging along the bottom of the┬átransmission┬ábell housing and falling 10 inches to the ground after it cleared. Ah….learning experiences.

***UPDATE – Learning curve applied – This is how you should NOT remove an engine from a bus with an automatic transmission.

You should remove disconnect the torque converter from the drive plate, which prevents all this nonsense :) The following images show you the access hole used to remove and install the bolts.

I let the project end at that for now. I did manage to snag a few more shots of various items and upload them to the album for this project. As usual, ther are detailed notes for each photo. A few more thing I found…

  1. Lots of missing tin screws
  2. The cold start valve is being held in place by two tie wraps
  3. Automatic transmission fluid leaked all over the place. Probably somewhere in the amount of a quart…mostly from the transmission side. Should that be happening?

Full image gallery here