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Old May 26th, 2015, 03:31 PM
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RRC Heart Transplant

So on Saturday I started the process by removing the motor from the donor vehicle, a 1995 Discovery. 9 hours later I went home pictures follow:


All I can say is that those bellhousing bolts SUCK and that everything ever written about them is pretty much true.


Link to the truck that this engine is going into:
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ity-62236.html
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Old May 26th, 2015, 03:45 PM
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What is the story with that E12? Beautiful car right there.
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Old May 26th, 2015, 09:06 PM
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the best way to attack those bolts is by removing the engine mounts as your first step. then the engine drops into the frame mount support and you acquire about 4 inches of room.
personally remove the top bolts first and then the bottom.
installation I hand thread the top bolts first, then do the bottom and last the mounts...
goes with out saying all the other details involved int removal of the lump....
good luck.
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Old May 26th, 2015, 10:15 PM
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I was just going to say what Carlos said- pic 5 & 6 show your motor mounts still attached to the motor.
That's why you had trouble with the bellhousing bolts.

What motor is going in the Disco?
That's a nice looking Conniston Green D1.

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Old May 26th, 2015, 10:31 PM
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Old May 27th, 2015, 03:03 AM
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What's the story on the donor Disco? It looks nice...
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Old May 27th, 2015, 04:39 AM
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That does look like a nice 95 Disco, would make for a good diesel swap candidate now that it has no heart unless it has catastrophic rust somewhere. While not as valuable as RRC's, unmolested D1's are getting harder to find too.
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Old May 27th, 2015, 10:02 AM
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That is a nice e12, used to be mine. Long story short, it belongs to a friend, is a 1977 model and has around 100K on it.


I did see that passage on the motor mount removal in the shop manual, it made a lot of sense but when I got to looking at it on the truck it looked like the engine would sail right past those mount plates towards the ground. Maybe I miscalculated that though, I will have to try it when I remove the 3.9 from the RRC, do you lift the engine with an engine hoist or from underneath?


The donor D1 has a decent amount of rust in the frame, it is from Ohio and Pennsylvania. It isn't totaled but it IS rusty. Lots of good parts on it though.
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I will have to try it when I remove the 3.9 from the RRC, do you lift the engine with an engine hoist or from underneath?
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Yep...pull the rubber motor mounts out completely- allowing the motor to drop to the frame.
Then undo your bell housing bolts.
Do this for removal and reinstall.

Use a cherry picker/lift.


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Old May 27th, 2015, 10:48 AM
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Just for taking out the engine rubber mounts, i will often jack up from below simply to have better access around the vehicle as I'm working. Once the mounts are out and I drop the engine onto the chassis, and get the bolts out, I'll move the hoist into place.
As a side benefit, having the jack below leaves it handy for putting under the transmission.
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