K Series engine removal and replacement

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K Series engine removal and replacement

Looking through the Guides section of the site there is this guide: https://www.lotus7.club/guides/how-guides/removing-k-series-engine

For me, who will be doing this for the first time, a really straight forward step by step guide is needed, there seems to be a bit of prior knowledge in that account.  Of course the notes are most important when putting the thing back.  I could probably get it out but getting it wrong as you put it back will hurt more.

Surely we need a comprehensive guide?

 

BTW: I will be taking it out leaving the gearbox in place (by preference and in respect of the height of the garage).  My engine, in the 21 (which should make no difference) has an Apollo tank, so specific side notes on that will be needed.  I can add: "remove the bonnet and store carefully" as the first and "replace the bonnet" as the last move of the sequence.

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Label all the cables you unplug from the engine and photograph everything before you start.
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It really isn't hard to do. Remove exhaust and preferrably both engine mounts.
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Unfortunately I can’t help Stephen but I completely agree with the step by step guide idea. It would make a good read for LF magazine too to have some technical content in each issue such as how fit SS cams, how to change the cam belt etc...

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Build manual (for a 7) tells you how to install it - removal is reverse.

If you have removeable engine bay diagonals then it should come out with the box in place. If fixed diagonals probably needs to come out as a unit.

 

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Mine has fixed diagonals and I can remove the engine alone. Tight but relatively easy anyway.

 

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Ian (SM25T) and Regin (rj)
Thank you for your comments which are meant kindly and as encouragement, I appreciate that.  I admire your relaxed attitude, perhaps you have more aptitude for this than I.  But, you haven't answered the question.

Ian (Wrightpayne)
If I had an Assembly Manual (for either the Crossflow Seven or for the 21) I would be content but the 21 was factory built and the manual for the Seven was not passed on by the vendor, so I assume they did not receive it from the first owner.

Steve (StevehS3)
I'm not even that ambitious.  Have you trawled through both the https://www.lotus7.club/guides and had a look at the archive http://lowflying.lotus7.club/lowflying/search.jsp  There is plenty of technical content in Low Flying.  Having indexed it, I know a lot of articles are technical.

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If I had an Assembly Manual (for either the Crossflow Seven or for the 21) I would be content but the 21 was factory built and the manual for the Seven was not passed on by the vendor, so I assume they did not receive it from the first owner.

What's the date of the Crossflow Seven? I've now got some early Assembly Guides.

Jonathan

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And I've got a mix of both old and newer.

There's one for the X-flow here:

http://www.regins.dk/Caterham/Assembly_guide_1992.pdf

And the 2001 version for K-cars here:

http://www.regins.dk/Caterham/Assembly_Guide_2001.pdf

Edited to add the following:

http://www.regins.dk/Caterham/Assembly_Guide_2007.pdf

http://www.regins.dk/Caterham/Assembly_Guide_2008.pdf

http://www.regins.dk/Caterham/Assembly_Guide_2014.pdf

http://www.regins.dk/Caterham/Assembly_Guide_Sigma_150.pdf

 

 

And yes, the comment was ment to be encouraging because it is kind of straight forward with a little (not so) common sense added.

I am sure you can do it!

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Hi Regin

Thank you, I will look through 1992 and see what makes sense.

I am sure you can do it!

Sadly, I'm not so sure... (well, I'm sure I can take it out)

Stephen

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I've now got some early Assembly Guides.

Earliest I have is 1988.

And I've got a mix of both old and newer.

And I suspect that I now have all that are available. :-)

But if anyone has one that's older than 1988 or otherwise unusual please can I have a copy.

Thanks

Jonathan