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Part 2 V6 removal
Submitted By: fixb52s
Date Created: 08-30-2007
Description: Out with the old. The Fiero powertrain comes out from the bottom, and that creates some problems, but it can be done with an engine hoist and jackstands. It would be far easier with a lift, but not many have one in their garage.
Related Projects: 1987 V8 Fiero GT
    Part 1 Engine prep.
    (Part 2 V6 removal)
    Part 3 engine bay mods
    Part 4 engine installation
    Part 5 in car powertrain assembly
    The rest of the minor details

Flying on jacks
The car is jacked up and supported. The rear stands are placed to allow for the removal of the powertrain, but this creates an imbalance. If one was to lean on the rear, the front would lift off the stands, so care was used. Here, the rear wheels are removed, brake calipers and parking brake cables disconnected.

Everything that can be disconnected is at this time. Fuel lines, water hoses, wire harness, cables, etc. must be removed like in any engine change.
Engine ready for removal

Crain hooked up
The engine crane is hooked up, and all bolts mounting the subframe and suspension are removed. The crane is adjusted out to it's max. extension, and the chain is long enough for the arm to clear the fender when the engine is lowered. Think this one out prior to actually lowering the engine to avoid a problem.

The entire powertrained is lowered onto a dolly. Care must be taken to ensure everything is disconnected and out of the way when lowering this. If everything is out of the way, it will lower very easy. The suspension a-arms and exhaust do not need to be removed to perform this.
Engine out

Inside view
An inside view of the engine after being lowered from the compartment. It seems to be a long way down from here. The car has to be high enough for the engine to be wheeled out from the side.

Here is the powertrain assembly after it was rolled out from under the car. It looks like a lot packaged into one compact unit.
Old powertrain

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