I will be pulling the motor out of my 99 cobra this week, i was just wondering if anyone has pulled theirs the old way through the top instead of dropping the k-member. Any info would be appreciated.
RAMDGE,ramdge said:blackgt76 ,
I pulled mine the old fashion way with the transmission attached.
The hardest part was finding a place to hook the back part of the chain. I was able to get the passenger side top transmission bolt out (it was not very easy though) and use an old lifting hook. Unhooking everything and pulling the motor out was extremely easy but like hstang said an engine leveler would help considerably. I didn't have one.
Chrishei1 is right about two things. You can leave the radiator and fan on and just take the plastic part off. He is also right about it being extremely hard to get back in with the transmission still attached. Actually getting it in is not the real problem. The real problem is getting it back far enough to fit the motor mounts to the holes in the crossmember.
I have never had much luck installing the transmission from underneath the car so I alway pull it with the motor.
When I do this again, I will probably pull the engine and transmission together but I will probably separate them once they are out then install the motor and try to install the transmission from underneath.
Good luck whatever you do and just take it real slow.
Good luck on getting it covered under warranty.
I didn't even bother trying since I had the blower on it.
I can't tell you much on the rebuild since it hasn't been done
yet. I was lucky enough to find a complete 2001 motor on ebay so I bought it instead of doing the rebuild. It cost a little more
than the rebuild will but at least I can drive the car now.
I will definately have someone else do the shortblock. I haven't
decided on whether to pull the heads myself or not. I hear most places charge about $600 for just pulling and replacing the heads so I am trying to decide if I am going to try and do that myself.
The shortblock should run about $3000 or so. So I am saving money to get the shortblock rebuilt.
As far as the smoke goes, my best guess is that I broke a piston ring or the top part of the piston. It still ran fine but it bent the electrode on the spark plug and had oil in the exhaust. I didn't expect the stock shortblock to last long with the blower on it so I wasn't terrible disappointed.
Good luck with yours