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Testarossa engine removal step by step

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  1. ang308

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    With that done throttle bodies come right out. Engine looks much cleaner with everything out of the way
     

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    fyi... these frame bolts should all be identical - looks like an undersized bolt was previously substituted. You may want to start a ‘parts list’ even now and add new frame bolts as item#1.
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    Last thing to do before undoing frame bolts is shifter. Put shifter in second and undo the 13mm bolt that attaches to transmission
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    Next you have to undo shifter rod from shifter. Took me a while to get it but it’s REVERSE thread. My head couldn’t wrap around it for a minute. Break loose the tightening nut and twist shifter rod till loose. Don’t undo tightening but to much just loosen because then you won’t have to adjust shifter. With that out of the way the only thing left is frame bolts.
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    While unloosening these bolts you should have some sort of cradle supporting subframe. Next there are 8 bolts on each side that are attached where the shock towers mount to. 4 17mm and 4 13mm. Two of the 13mm you don’t have to undo I found out. They come out with shock tower. You live and learn. This is best done from wheel opening.
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    And with that all undone life body and motor stays down. Success!!! All in all it took me about 6 hours plus another 2 to remove intake and wiring harness. So 8 hours altogether. Next is servicing motor and fixing coolant leak that made me take out motor. I have to remove oil tank so I can get to pipe with stripped bleeder.
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    All the parts lined up. Next up is clean motor and engine bay do service and put motor back and enjoy car for another 5 years. At least this time I have a step by step with photos for the next time.
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    The photo makes it look like it's undersized but they're all identical. I already have a parts list that's getting longer by the minute.
     
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    Hello,
    I will do the same work on my 1987 Testarossa before the end of the year.
    What you just did by posting all these pictures is incredible.
    I sending you the biggest THANK YOU ever from France :)
    Looking forward to hear from you when you will reach the "tensionning the cambelts" step, and what the pitfalls may be.
     
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    WOW! Pretty serious jigsaw puzzle. Cool garage and collection of drivers, in the best sense of the word. John...in the other side of CT.
     
  21. Nick G48

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    Big Thank you from me. I live in Michigan. I own a 86 Testarossa. Bought it three years ago with 30,000 miles. I know it needs the major engine pull service. I have not even started the car since I purchased it. I own a 4 post lift and and am going to purchase a two post just for this service. I plan on starting the work in the Spring. This step by step process that you did is absolutely amazing. I would love to contact you by email. My email address is nickg112@comcast.net. If you contact me, I will email you back Thanks again.
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    Hey Nick G48 welcome to Fchat :) I too have an 86 and will be taking the engine out next month to do some routing service. I see you are relatively new here but feel free to post some questions and some pictures of your car. Lots of knowledge here and most willing to help. Billy's write up is a perfect example of the type of info you can find here if you ask questions and use the search function.
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    #73 raysur, Oct 19, 2018
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    Hi Nick G48,
    These threads make this forum great. I love seeing the process too.

    I just wanted to mention that you can easily pull the engine with a four post lift. I just pulled mine and it was simple. I'll eventually make a thread to show it, I am just knee deep into maintenance items and tracking parts down.

    Save your two post lift money for parts. :D
     

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    Pulled my engine twice without a lift. Made a cradle with casters, took the tires off, rear bumper, muffler etc. lowered car down on cradle, unbolt rear frame and disconnect everything. Jack up body, roll engine, gearbox suspension out. Do a search, I posted on here.
     
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    Pool rafts on the 69 Pace car camaro? And a 71 Camaro..?. I sold a 70 1/2 Z28 that I had for 23 years to buy my Testarossa . ?.....wish I had a bit more room in the garage. I had a 98 F355 and have been looking again. Great stuff..keep it up. I am inspired to do my engine out this winter. Marco
     

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