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Old 01-12-2010, 10:36 AM   #1
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You can unbolt the PPF from the trans and just move it clear so the assembly can be lifted out. Just push to the side until it's clear and it should drop out of the way enough. YMMV
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I leave everything on the car, turbo setup included - ziptie the driveshaft in place and you don't even have to drain the transmission. The two hard parts are getting the tranny turret to clear the lip between the firewall and transmission tunnel and getting the motor to line up on the mounts, but even then it's like a 2 minute holdup for each one of those. It takes Nick and I an hour to remove a Miata motor, working together.
Holy hell, that was easy! Keep in mind I am exceedingly stupid, lazy, fat, and drunk 95% of the time. It only took me 5 hours over 3 days, not starting until after 8 pm, working in solitude.

Thanks a lot to all for the advice, I even left the driveshaft bolted up to the diff, and ziptied it to the ppf, as per Savingaton. Having the tilt-a-whirl from HF on the crane helped a bunch, the engine/trans unit needs quite a tilt to clear the body and firewall on it's way out. I am 100% sure that this method was easier than unbolting the trans.
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anyone who ever suggests separating the tranny is easier likes ----, taking it that is.
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A well working lift always helps out the process.
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Fantastic info since I'll eventually be doing this this winter. Thanks for posting the thanks!
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I usually just drain the transmission to avoid the mess.


But yeah, it is very easy to just leave everything attached and separate the trans later.
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I usually just drain the transmission to avoid the mess.
I can't imagine how it wouldn't drain past the tailshaft when it's tilted that much. So, yeah, I drained it. It even spilled out of the turret a little, no biggie, though.
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I can't imagine how it wouldn't drain past the tailshaft when it's tilted that much. So, yeah, I drained it. It even spilled out of the turret a little, no biggie, though.
Yeah, it spills if you tilt it without the driveshaft in. I meant to ziptie it to the tranny so it comes out with the whole package. I've been meaning to hack up an old 1.6 driveshaft to make a plug for it.
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