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  1. Thanks for the offer, it is much appreciated. Thursday we will have another go and I hope to be able to report back that evening with good news.
  2. Hi supersport, I'm in the East Midlands, literally just off the A1 Northbound about 5 miles south of Grantham, Lincolnshire. Going to have another go on Thursday. Have bought some long reach 13mm spanners to get at the 3 bolts that hold the offside engine mount to the engine. Also, coincidentally had a bonnet dropped off today from a great seller on eBay. He showed me a few other things to help ease the job along. So, Thursday will be the day....hopefully
  3. Thanks for the info. How do we remove the offside engine mount? Is that the 3 bolts in to the head that we remove? Sorry to sound so dim
  4. Hi guys, So, further to my other thread about the escort mk5 1.3 CFi engine.... I've now got the vehicle and am waiting for the replacement engine I bought from eBay to arrive. I'm not mechanically minded but my mate, who restores classic minis as a business, is. So, armed with the Haynes manual, we have spent 8 hours today trying to get the bloody engine out! We followed every instruction Mr Haynes wrote TO THE LETTER and still couldn't get it out. Haynes reckon to extract the engine you disconnect everything, unbolt the gearbox from the engine, hoist engine and raise/support the gearbox, pull engine forward and away from the gearbox et voila! Nope. We could not get that to work at all. The main sticking points, literally, are getting the engine and gearbox to separate and also to get the engine mount on the offside to clear the bracket on the inner wing that it bolts through. There might be more problems but those are the ones that have stumped us so far. We are flummoxed and more than mildly annoyed. How the Hell do you get this engine out, please? Any idiots guide would be handy because we must be the best candidates for the local Village Idiot tournament! I'm not sure if it's relevant but when the Escort arrived on a transporter the sump was in the back. The seller had said the "shells were badly scored and it needed a new engine". I didn't know the engine was in pieces and tried to start it. (I told you I wasn't mechanical!). It clicked and that was it. Could this have caused anything to jam between the engine and gearbox? I'm really stuck. I bought this to convert to a camper, it's a hobby of mine since being medically released from nursing due to injuries caused by a patient. It also helps put money in the bank. I look forward to hearing from anyone who can help. Cheers Andy
  5. Hi, Thanks for the reply, much appreciated. Will any of the Fiesta/Escort 1.3 engines do the job? I read somewhere that they changed from HCS to CFi but I'm not sure if that's just a rebadge or more significant. The problem with the engine I have is, to quote the seller, "the shells are scored". I'm not mechanical but I'm guessing it's nothing to do with pasta or a trip to the beach. Also, now the car has been towed 190 miles with the lower part of the engine exposed to road debris so I reckon it's a goner. I've found a few 1.3 engines and a bundle of 1.4 8v engines on eBay. I just want to make sure I get the right thing. Again, thank you for your help. Andy
  6. Hi there, I am fairly new to here and have just taken delivery of a 1994 disabled Escort van - the one with the glazing and high top added for wheelchair users. Anyway, I bought it sight unseen through fleabay and knew it had an engine fault. It has arrived with engine split between the engine bay and the back floor. So, as I am planning to convert this to a micro camper and sell it on (it's a hobby I have as I am a medically retired nurse), I don't want this engine issue to cost a fortune. Do I replace like for like? Would a 1.4 from the same era slip straight in? Would it be more logical to fit a 1.8D for economy and sellability? I am not mechanical but have a friend who works on Minis (the real ones!) who can help. I have asked similar before but I didn't have all the information or access to the vehicle at that time. Any advice would be great, thank you. Andy
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