Smagee, I feel your pain. I'm going through an engine change right now after a similar catastrophe (lower bearing and rod). I'm on the other coast and am lucky enough to have a good friend who owns a repair shop, is a motorhome guy himself, and had a salvaged donor coach with a low mileage V10 he is installing, along with the transmission right now. He also owns a towing company and is not afraid to improvise. So my initial tragedy is having a happy outcome that would not have made economic sense, considering the age of my coach, if not for this serendipitous coincidence. I wish you luck finding a shop willing and able to do the work. It is a big job and very expensive because of the labor involved.
Originally Posted by AlanTerry
Is dropping the engine the only way to take the engine out? I thought that by reading these threads, but ours came straight out the front. They removed the grill and it slid right out. Sorry no pictures of the process.
Alan & Terry
Alan, I'm amazed at what you are saying! Did you see this operation yourself? I'd love to hear the "how-to" details. I have the same make and year Southwind that you have, though mine is the 36Z. How was the engine actually moved through the opening? Forklift, maybe? Or was there room for a conventional engine hoist to fit in there? It's not like you can just remove the hood as you can with a car or normal cab truck.
For both the donor coach and mine, the front end had to be jacked up (using a heavy tow truck) and blocked up, then the entire front axle and suspension removed, and the engine dropped out the bottom, supported from below.
As of this morning, the donor engine is in the shop, the axle is off my coach and my engine is being prepped for removal. I'll post a thread with other pictures once it's complete.
I can hardly wait to get my baby, "The Golden Retriever", back on the road! Dash ornament Skye and driver-in-training Annie...