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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:01 pm    Post subject: 1600 DP Tight getting out of my 65 Reply with quote

When I pulled the 1600 DP out of my 65, it was pretty tight getting it out. The valve covers contacted the side sheet metal about the time that the engine was coming off the input shaft. I was wondering if leaving the valve covers off while removing or installing would help. I was thinking about going with a larger motor and the extra stroke I guess will make the engine wider, and make it even a tighter fit. 1. Is it a good practice to leave the valve covers off during removal, and 2. Do you normally have to work on the sheet metal to give clearance to get a stroker motor in and out?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:51 am    Post subject: Re: 1600 DP Tight getting out of my 65 Reply with quote

I've never done an install with valve covers off; I'd be afraid of getting crap into the engine.

I have done installs without the exhaust though.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:43 am    Post subject: Re: 1600 DP Tight getting out of my 65 Reply with quote

I find that removing the driver-side heat exchanger from the 1600 d/p in my Ď63 makes engine r&r a bit easier.

Remove the valve covers if you need to. If youíre worried about getting dirt in the motor, you might consider removing the rocker shafts & pushrods too, then stuff some rags or paper towel in the pushrod tubes. Wipe out the rocker boxes really well once the motorís back in and before reinstallling the valve gear.

Canít advise on the stroker...never put one in an early car.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:12 am    Post subject: Re: 1600 DP Tight getting out of my 65 Reply with quote

I struggle with this too.
I've thought about removing the covers too but decided to massage the metal on either side a bit as it would not be seen and there is no chance of bending/damaging anything internally WHEN the engine swings and acts foolish
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