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Pulling the motor without the trans?

Discussion in '1st Gen 1981-1990 CVH' started by austin86, Aug 11, 2020.

  1. austin86

    austin86 That nut who spends way to much on a escort.

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    I never pulled a FWD transversely mounted motor before. On a 5 speed escort can the motor be safely puled without the trans. My 5 speed in my 88 is mostly ok. Just need a good flush as it still has the fluid in it from the factory.
    Could the trans also be pulled without pulling the motor? Down the road I was to build up a trans with a LSD and Id hate having to pull the motor to swap a trans.

    Any advice would be most helpful as I'd likely be on my own with pulling the motor... egh.
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    marclar Administrator Staff Member

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    yes, either can be pulled seperately.
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    Gamer92 FEOA Donator

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    I’ve pulled the trans out of my 98 tracer so don’t know how different a 1st gen would be but hardest thing is just getting the right clearance for it to drop. I used a floor jack and it was an automatic.

    I’ve had the head off the engine and removed the block from engine bay with trans left in the car, that seemed easy, but could be harder with engine assembled
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  4. 1982 EXPert

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    You can pull either out together or separately

    To pull the engine alone:
    1st
    Once you detach the coolant lines, wiring harness, intake plumbing, and exhaust you have to remove the main pulleys from the engine (crankshaft pulleys) but to do so some times you have to loosen the transmission mounts and remove the motor mounts to move the whole works to the driver side to fit tools around the main pulley to get that sucker off. After doing this you will seriously consider cutting a hole into the inner fender to access the main pulley in the future - I actually do suggest doing this......
    2nd
    Engine mount must be removed to move the engine as close to the right inner fender/frame as possible then you have to loosen the trans mounts so the transmission can get as close to the left inner fender/frame. *This is after you unbolt the engine from the trans* Once both are each touching the framework there's enough room to slide the engine out the top with the clutch attached.

    You can do all of this with the hood open as far as it goes, don't have to remove it unless you want to.
    I made a video last year on how I do it in my 82s:

    Biggest difference between 81-83 & 84-90 is the engine and transmission mounts, process is the same but I don't know the trans mounts as well. Double check yours can be loosened to be able to slide side to side about an inch.

    I find it easiest to remove the head with the exhaust and intake on it THEN pull the block out alone. This gives you much more room to get around the block during the process AND gives you more vertical space when pulling each part out of the car if your crane doesn't get high enough.
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  5. austin86

    austin86 That nut who spends way to much on a escort.

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    Thanks for the info guys. From the sounds of it I may be better off pulling the two.

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