Getting that lump of iron on the engine stand First off, let’s get the engine on the engine stand, sounds easy enough, right, but there are a few hurdles to jump here.
Most universal engine stand adapters mount to the rear side of the block, and you will need to remove the clutch, flywheel, and engine back plate before you can mount the engine to the adapter, otherwise you would not be able to remove the crankshaft once it’s on the engine stand.
Now is also the time to remove the water pump, pulleys and oil pan.
The cam thrust plate for any signs of wear and replace as necessary.
What you are doing is using the rocker arm assembly, which will have some valves open at the time, to help break the seal of the head from the block.
Once the head is loose, but not removed, it is time to remove the rocker arm assembly.
Start by removing the connecting rod bolts, or nuts, and separating the rod cap from the connecting rod, now you can push the connecting rod and piston out thru the top side of the block (a rubber hammer handle works well for this).
Make sure to keep one hand at the top of the block to catch the piston and connecting rod as it comes out of the cylinder, so they don’t fall to the ground and get damaged. The cylinders need to be checked by a machine shop for wear and roundness to see if the engine block needs boring. Your machine shop will be able to determine if the block needs boring and what oversize pistons you will need.On some engines like the Spitfire and TR6 they can heavily wear the thrust bearings and this will tell you how much wear has occurred and that info may help you to order the needed oversized thrust washers.the crankshaft main bolts and caps in preparation to remove the crankshaft.If your engine doesn’t have a tappet cover then you will remove them by one of several methods depending on the engine.For example with Triumph you simply reach into the block and remove them.Each cam lobe and lifter will have its own unique wear pattern to each other, and if you don’t maintain this order, then you can’t reuse the lifters.