Removing the Gearbox, 21 August 2002

After a lot of dismantling, including an abortive attempt to remove the seat box, followed by the removal of the gearbox crossmember, the improvised hoist is pressed into action to lower the transfer box to the ground. The "hoist" consists of a couple of strong luggage straps slung round the box, and a couple of lengths of timber to spread the load across the seat box. The idea is to use the ratchet on each luggage strap in turn to slacken it, allowing the other strap to take the load, then slackening that one, and so on. Sort of abseiling for gearboxes.

So far so good - just a slight shift in position to let the box clear the mounts on the chassis. Careful not to bend the 4WD selector, now.

A little more lowering and the transfer box is out, on a handy piece of thick cardboard which works as a sort of skid for moving it, and also keeps it reasonably clean.

Now for the main gearbox. Having removed all the bellhousing nuts (I missed one the first time round) it's time to start wriggling it free. The back of the engine is supported on a block of wood shoved between the flywheel housing and the chassis. Out of shot here is a trolley jack underneath the gearbox, just helping to take some of the load. It turned out to be helpful during the inital shuffle away from the engine, but after that the box was easy enough to handle without it.

After using the same abseiling technique with the luggage straps, the main box is out! That was the object of the exercise. Well, it's only taken 2 days' work to get this far. Now it's time to rebuild it.

Chris Jones, 21 August 2002