The work continues to remove vestigial components that supported the internal combustion engine.
The list of removed parts includes the oil tank (and 14 quarts of oil required for the dry sumped, air cooled engine), the oil cooler, fuel vapor canister, fuel filter, fuel pressure accumulator, cruise control servo, starter motor and electronic ignition module.
Twenty feet (6 meters) of copper pipe comprise the oil cooler. The tubes run from the back engine compartment along the rocker panel to the front passenger wheel well. The coiled bit is sometimes called the trombone.
The right rear engine bay cleaned after removing the oil tank. The grease and dripping oil will not be missed.
Friday, February 10, 2012
I need to send my flywheel to my EV vendor so that they can make an adaptor for me. The flywheel bolts to the crankshaft of the gas engine. It is a large disk that smoothes out the pulse of the gas motor and it provides a surface for the clutch disk to transfer power to the transmission. With an electric motor, there is no need to dampen power pulses, but the flywheel is still needed to transfer power to the clutch. The adaptor will allow me to bolt the flywheel to the electric motor.
|Unbolting the transmission from the gas motor.|
|The flywheel is top center, the pressure plate is to the right, and the clutch disk is on the left. The flywheel bolts on with nine bolts.|
Monday, February 6, 2012
The car has been de-iced. (ICE = internal combustion engine). If you are doing this with floor jacks (some of us don’t have access to a car lift), one tip that saved me a lot of time is to jack up the front of the car a bit, to make it easier for the transmission gear selector shaft to clear the tunnel. Otherwise I followed the process in my service manual, and didn’t have any real problems. I took my time, as this was my first engine removal, and it took about 14 hours working solo.
|This is the before picture.|
|Draining the fluids and removing all of the connections to the engine (eletrical wires, tubes, cables, drive axles).|
|Lowering the engine to the floor.|
|Engine is disappearing.|
|The back end has to be lifted high into the air. The engine then slides out.|
|Smelly, greasy, dirty, gas fueled beast has been liberated from the car.|
|Blank EV canvas. It's a beautiful thing.|