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Old 07-10-2006, 12:08 PM   #1
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Default Engine tranny removal/installation from under the car

Has anyone ever pull the engine and tranny out of the Impreza from underneath?

I am very tempted to do it since I am swapping engine and tranny at the same time and have to switch the cross member. I am doing this in my little garage, no car lift but have all the other tools needed (engine hoist, power tools, etc ...)

How high do I need to raise the impreza of the ground to be able to clear the engine (without the intake manifold), tranny and cross member from underneath on a moving dolly?
Is ~2 feet enough or will have to get the car higher? I think thatís as high as my 6 tom jack stands will go without placing them on blocks.
Would I really be saving time and effort by doing it this way or should I just do it in two steps engine tranny from top with engine hoist and cross member separate?

All ideas and opinions are welcome.

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Old 07-10-2006, 04:19 PM   #2
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w/o a lift no not a good idea

you probbaly need 3-4 feet to clear it

its not that hard to take the whole thing out the top
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Old 07-11-2006, 10:02 AM   #3
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I dropped the engine and tranny, but that was from a clip, which is much easier to lift than an entire car. I did this because I couldn't punch out the front axles from the tranny, and I didn't think I could take everything out the top with them dangling there. ***Provided*** that you can lift the car high enough, it's really easy to drop everything. It's hard to say exactly how high, but probably more than 2 feet. More like waste-high approximately (3.5-4ft).
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Old 07-11-2006, 11:00 AM   #4
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After analyzing and taking some measurement I came to the conclusion that I just donít have enough ceiling clearance to hoist the engine in with a 6 speed tranny attached. I canít take the car out of the garage since Iíll be blocking my neighbors (share driveway!) plus the fact that need to swap the crossmember. So from underneath it is.
Last night I measured the height of the engine I am swapping in from the bottom of the oil pan to the top of the engine without the intake manifold is only ~19 inches. The height of the moving dolly I have is about ~4 inches. With the rear wheels on a pair off Ramps and the front supported with two 6 ton jack stands (~24 inches) by the frame rails behind the front wheels. I think Iíll have enough clearance. About ~26 inches or so underneath the radiator core support. I can always skip using the dolly and drag the thing on cardboards or on a moving blanket.

Iíll give it a try and let you guys know how it turns out and take some pictures.

If anyone has any tips or thought please do not hesitate to share.
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Old 07-11-2006, 11:32 AM   #5
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Ive done it before, just the engine though. We had to lift the front end of the car up maybe 4-5 feet. But the car we did it to was junked anyway so it wasnt as bad. Honestly, it was way easier than a traditional removal, but the car was so stripped that it helped a lot.
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Old 07-11-2006, 02:16 PM   #6
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I had the front and back on jackstands. I lleft the rears up on jack stands and bolted an engine jack to the framerails and lifted the chassis off of the front jackstands. used a dolly under the engine and a jack under the tranny. rolled the entire assembly with shifter at an angle through the wheel well. lowered the chassis back down onto the jackstands. connected the engine to the engine jack and lifted it into place while a friend jacked up the trans at the same time to get it in the right place. bolted it all up.
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Old 07-12-2006, 12:31 AM   #7
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have 4 guys help you. they can lift the front of the car over the engine tranny combo.

i did it that way. i even had the suspension and wheels still on the crossmember, minus one strut iirc.

just have the guys lower it down on jackstands when you have the engine relitively where you want it, then move it into place. i had the jack under the crossmember to move the whole assembly around, and to jack it up into place when you have the shell lowered over it.

soooo much easier than going in from the top.
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Old 07-13-2006, 03:46 PM   #8
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The Bottom 4 Jack Stands And A Skatedoard Is The Way To Go
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Old 07-13-2006, 04:21 PM   #9
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Old 07-13-2006, 05:33 PM   #10
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I've done it twice. I put the jack stands almost on the highest setting and I got it out. I think u need a bout a little over a foot clearence... I dropped the crossmemeber but I forgot what else I did. all I know is its possible
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Old 11-01-2006, 04:54 PM   #11
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what needs to be done differently if one wants to pull the engine/tranny out through the top together?
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