|Looks very "purposeful" without body|
|Makeshift lifting jig with balance point guessed at. What did|
we do before they invented uni-strut?
|Should have been one slot back - probably, but engine drops |
neatly into plywood cradle.
To improve storage options, next job is to split the gearbox from the engine, usually straightforward but not this time. The bell housing separates around 20mm but refuses to budge any further. Wood wedges are tried but to no avail. It can only be the first motion shaft splines stuck in the clutch plate. I raise the problem on the XK Engine part of the "Jag Lovers" forum (something really odd about that name) and the answer comes back in a trice. Simply remove the bottom cover from the bell housing and unfasten the clutch pressure plate from the flywheel. Now - why didn't I think of that!
|Something jammed solid in there|
|Simply turn the bell housing with gearbox upside down and|
remove the bottom plate to reveal the clutch assembly.
Undo six clutch cover bolts and bobs yer uncle
|Once apart, the clutch assembly slides off the first motion|
shaft without difficulty
|Clutch plate is stuck solid to pressure plate but I |
can't see why this would create the jam.