I've spent time with the workshop manual already. It's not that helpful, as it describes how things should happen, not how they will happen after eight years of road grime and salt.
Anyway, yesterday's update....
Replacement engine delivered yesterday. It looks as described.
Pallet-based roll-off on to the back of the truck, as normal, then into the workshop
Shall we get on the end of the crank and turn it over? No because there is a sponge stuck into the end of the crank?
Unusual. Guess that says the cambelt hasn't been changed, ever.
Back to releasing the driveshafts from the hubs and the hubs from the control arms that got the outer balljoint covers crisped up last night
The pins are resisting
Yes, that's a 2t ratchet strap pulling down, against a 2t jack, pushing up. The Tine was then deployed, but the arm was just bending and nothing was actually moving.
I think part of this is because the balljoint is canted inward, for handling reasons, which means when you're pulling down, you actually need to be pulling down and out at the same time.
Nope, really not moving
OK, so we're now committing to removing the control arms and the strut, but let's get the driveshafts out, so they're separate. The offside one shifted, after I removed the caliper, caliper carrier and disc (not going to try pushing the shaft in on the single fixing holding the disc on the hub, that would be foolish).
but the nearside one?
That's just before it killed my long-suffering 3-armed puller, of which the central shaft is now banana-shaped.
Shaft is coming out WITH the hub AND the control arm now.
Just need to pull out the shaft, from the box, past the snap ring.
Wouldn't be an issue if there was ANYTHING reasonable to lever off.
Annoying. I'll deal with that when the box and motor are out, shall I?
On the bench the first control arm could be removed from the hub, witha very long bit of round bar, through the hub. There was a LOT of white corrosion all the way around it.
This is how the other one was left last night
It's been dosed with penetrating oil and left with 12t of pressure on it, so it can consider its life choices.
If it's all on the floor when I go back, that'll be just fine.
Once that's separated, I should be able to actually get on with the job I'm here to do