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I have decided to get right into my 1915 Tourer. There are substantial oil leaks, many bolts without washers, many bolts unwired, lots of silicone gasket stuff, etc, so I don't really have confidence in the workmanship of the last person who worked on the engine. As I'm planning a long cross country, mainly dirt road trip I need to be sure of the state of the engine. So rip out the engine.
I like manuals. I follow receipes in cooking. Scientific background. If the receipe says stand on left foot and stir, that is exactly what I do.
Well, I followed the Bible but something was not right. I have removed everything from the engine as instructed but there is no way I believe that the engine will come out.
The engine support arms I don't believe will pass through the firewall.
So I went online to the US site and after much searching (it is not really that simple) I found many posts, but many applied to 20-27 T's. Finally I came up with the post from Alan Wolf in Nov 2007 that was applicable to a 1917 Model T.
He said that one should lift the front of the body about 1 inch so that the hogshead "ears" could be pulled forward and clear of the firewall.
This sounded good so I have removed the following:
4 bolts attaching the running board to the body on each side,
2 bolts and 2 spring-loaded bonnet attaching bolts and then the wooden strip on each side
2 bolts attaching the firewall bracket to the main frame on each side,
2 front bolts attaching the body to the mainframe on each side.
I have jacked the body up and have chocked it with a few wooden blocks.
I believe that the engine should now slip out BUT I have not done it yet.
Tomorrow morning I hope.
If you have any suggestions or hints I would be much obliged.