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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