Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Gearbox/Transmission Removal - Drop the Gearbox!
This is what I have been waiting for! I cannot believe how much prep work is involved to remove a Spider gearbox. I remember as a kid taking out an MG or Austin Healey gearbox in a couple of hours. Heck, I had at least 3 hours or removing interior trim just to get access to the shift lever bolt in my Spider.
Any way, before I could slide the gearbox out I had to support and raise various parts.
The first picture, I cut a piece of wood to support the rear prop shaft.
The second picture shows a jack under the front prop shaft.
Of course, the third picture is a trusty Harbor Freight transmission jack under the gearbox.
The fourth picture shows a floor jack under the engine to tilt the engine enough to slide the gearbox out.
Once I got it properly supported I slid under and with a little persuasion and lots of wiggling I got the gearbox to slide back. I then simply lowered it as shown in the fifth picture.
I'm happy that I built the wooden cribs to a height that permitted me to easily slide the gearbox out with about 3/4" clearance.
In fact, I must say the wooden cribs made working under the car pretty pleasant because of the nice height and stability.
More to follow.
ex-'73 GTV (wish I still owned)
ex-'73 deTomaso Pantera (wish I still owned)
ex-'72 Lamborghini Espada (not sure why I ever owned)