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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-27-2010, 06:24 PM
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IIRC, I unbolted the guibo. Put a large hose clamp around it (or connect 3 medium size hose clamps together) first. That will compress the rubber allowing you to remove the bolts. Otherwise you'll be needing a liberal assortment of Italian cuss words (followed by a large hose clamp...).

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I do it at the flange because the giubo can be such a hassle to work with in place. But either will work.
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The Alfetta's engine cmpt is more spacious, and you have only the flywheel housing/rear engine mount, not a trans, to come out with the engine.

Very common for people to leave off the two upper engine/trans bolts. They can be very hard to thread into place. Congrats on a successful removal. I'm at the same stage on my 74 GTV right now (see thread on GTV forum). Fixing PO's bodges is a big part of owning an old Alfa.

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Fixing PO's bodges is a big part of owning an old Alfa.
Amen to that! Rust, accident damage, wear-n-tear are minor things to fix compared with the previous owners' "handiwork"!

From your photo, it looks like you decided to disassemble at the giubo. There are a couple of advantages to doing it that way: with the front driveshaft attached to the back of the transmission, the total length of the engine-trans-driveshaft is longer, making it more awkward to maneuver in & out. But the bigger problem is that you tend to over-bend the giubo when the engine tilts back and leans on the driveshaft, which can split the giubo rubber (ask me how I know).

If your motormount rubber was that bad, the giubo is probably shot too. Might as well replace both while you have things apart.

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In the hot & dry western US, the rubber parts of the car are what wear out first when it sits. This is especially true if it's a smoggy area. This car was in the San Joaquin Valley I think? Hot and smoggy.
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