Frontal Strip Off…

Having got the engine hoist back from Dad who has been using it to put the power train back in the MG Midget he is restoring, it was time for the race engine to come out.

I thought I’d just take the engine and box out in one with the inlet manifold on to get it out of the way for now. So armed with an angle grinder the bent front panels were removed as was the bent front beam. This relieved the pressure pushing the gearbox into the rear subframe box letting me undo the water pipes and remove the final driveshaft. The corner of the gearbox had punctured the rear subframe and one of the top of the cast holes for the gearbox mounts has sheared so I need to get that welded or its a whole new gearbox to sort :-(.

With the front off, the engine and box come out and can be parked for another day. Then off with the master cylinder, front brake lines, suspension arms and struts complete with hubs and springs attached. My next focus is the roll cage. This will wait as I am having to rest for a bit taking this week off the build as my back is still recovering post the crash and causing a lot of aggravation. The cage needs to come out soon along with the mounts to get to Olly at Preptech for fitting in the new car.

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