Sunday, 27 September 2009

Engine In, Gearbox almost!!

Sunday morning rolled around, and eventually Scottie did too! Damian was up early expecting a 6am start, only to be greeted by Scottie online - he arrived around 7am and the boys got straight into it.

First on the agenda - removing the 250 crossflow from the XD Falcon so that the torque converter and flywheel could be removed for use on Booger Mobile.

Damian's boys were put to work helping to operate the engine crane, taking turns to jack it up!

The 250 crossflow is removed, the torque converter is that bulbous round thing to the left of picture...

This thing...

After the torque converter and flywheel were removed, the 250 crossflow was ready to be put on ebay. However, Scottie discovered the rear welsh plug (hidden by the flywheel) was in need of replacing... see the nice green coolant making a special guest appearance!! Doesn't diminish the value, just something to ensure prospective buyers are aware of!!

After gently placing the 250 crossflow over near the fence, the engine crane waited patiently near Booger Mobile to be put into action again!

Damian decided that it would be better for him and Scottie to muscle the 250 pre-crossflow out the shed door first, then position the crane and lift it, rather than to attempt to lift it then get the crane out the shed door! Once done, the engine was suspended for cleaning and to replace the sump gasket.

After cleaning, waiting to be painted.

After removing the sump, revealing some lovely engine innards!!

The sump, cleaned and with its first coat of paint. Note the creative dents in it - it's had a hard life the past 35 years or so!!

Scottie tightening up the bolts after the sump was reattached...

And the engine is now a delightful Ford Blue colour, to contrast with Booger Mobile's Barbados Green paintwork!!

While waiting for the engine to dry, Damian decided to continue his normal work of painting random objects - this time the air cleaner!

The boys removed Booger Mobile's bonnet to make craning the engine in so much easier!

It was placed gently against the wall of the shed...

The engine was muscled back into the shed, and the crane positioned...

The hoisting of the engine began...

Finally it was high enough to swing into position...

The lowering in was a tight squeeze... Damian suggested a blanket to keep the engine warm... or perhaps it was really to stop the engine from scratching the paintwork!

After changing strategy and angling the engine differently, it was finally lowered into position... Sadly, the 250 pre-crossflow is a taller engine than the original 200 engine, so the sway bar was dropped, and some creative adjustment was undertaken to gain some clearance of the cross-member!

While the excitement was going on, Kevin Spies arrived to collect his first prize from the Kedron All Ford Day raffle...

After a quick trip to Bunnings (who Damian reckons the boys have plugged so often they should become a sponsor!), the engine was finally in!!

While getting the engine in, Scottie threw a little tantrum, and his glasses came out worse for wear!

Once the engine was in, Booger Mobile had so much power it began to wheelstand in the shed!! Either that, or the boys jacked it up so that it could be put on jack-stands ready for the gearbox to be installed!

Once again, after some creative tunnel adjustment, the gearbox was in place and secured with a couple of bolts.

Finally, the gearbox and engine were in place... Sadly, the boys ran out of time to get any more done, as Scottie had to head home, and Damian had to return the borrowed engine crane.

Well, that's all there was time for today! The goal of getting the engine into Booger Mobile was achieved, although with a tinge of sadness that the boys didn't get the chance to fire it into life.

This will be the last post for a week, as Damian is off to camp tomorrow (Camp Quality Res Camp for 9-14 year olds!).

All going well, the engine and gearbox installation will be completed (and the engine started) in the not too distant future!


  1. Arrived on the Gold Coast late yesterday so just a quick comment very long trip.
    Great to see how far you have come and it won t be long before she is driving along your scary freeways.Good to see the boys helping out.Hope everythings goes well at camp Damian.Nice lot of pictures as usual thank you.

  2. Looking good guys, keep up the great work...