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Porsche Crest Engine Removal Question..And Yes I did do a search!

I am curious about the following: I removed the engine out of a 78 924 from the top...I am going to be removing the engine from my 88na but I hear most do it from the bottom: Any thoughts on the following:

1. Leave Bellhousing in car and remove from top leaving behind clutch assembly?

2. Remove from bottom?

3. Remove from top and possibly in two sections (Head then Block?)

Anywho...curious on some feedback...Thanks!
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why couldn't you just cherry-pick it out of the top like any other motor?
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MAK...good question, I agree with you but everywhere I look such as Haynes and the factory manuals they all say take it out from the bottom...seems like a pain to me...just as easy to take it from the top I would guess...
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when i did my engine swap i pulled the bad engine from the bottom w/bellhousing and clutch assembly. what a PITA took me forever (bout every sat and sun of every week for 7 months)... when i put in a good engine i decided to do it differently borrowed a engine picker from my brother in law and tossed the entire engine in through the top and it took way less time (In and running in 6 days to be exact). also had the bell housing and clutch on and the radiator out when i went from the top. of course it helps when you got the proper tools: jack stands, pry bars, wrenches, cemented shop floor (i think the dirt floor slowed me down to much on the removal, prolly could of done it in same amount of time as reinstal) and it helps when you dont have someone swipping tools from you all the time too. well anyways i think its easier to go from top. less susspension crap to go through.
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OK.
remove it from the bottom.
believe me.

Sure, pulling it out the top doesn't take too long.
But, I'm currently (I'm just taking a break, I mean RIGHT NOW) trying to get the fukker back into the top. uh. do it from the bottom... you'll be happier that way
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Turbos are MUCH MUCH easier from the bottom.......

but on the NA's either way is fine... (but still easier from below)

The problem when you pull it out from the top is that you need to pull the engine quite a bit forward to get the torque tube out............. and the oil pan gets in the way (hits the cross member)..

SO remove four bolts (crossmember) and the entire engine drops. The trick is the car has to be at least 24 inches high to slide the engine out from underneath.

Now there is a guy up here that removed the entire engine, tranny drive shaft and suspension............and LIFTED the entire body off the car. NOW THAT WAS NEAT!

but like it was mentioned pull the rad, and remove as much as you can from the top and you can get it out.....
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what about the crossmember? Seems like that is in the way...that adds a few morebolts...
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Yeah, you gotta pull the crossmember, and steering rack...

Got my engine in
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I pulled 2 motors out from the top, wasnt realy much of a problem with either one. the main prob is the tourqe tube ,but i pulled the transaxle first on the second motor and slid the tube back that made it a hell of alot easier.
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It can be done either way, but I think the turbo is probably easier out the bottom. The key to taking it out the top is to remove the tranny and slide the t tube back clear of the bellhousing. Also remove the radiator and fans for some more maneuvering room. Remember to scribe the hood hinges to they realign properly. Good luck, this isn't hard, just time consuming.
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Hmmm...removing the tranny to take from the top seems like a lot of extra steps? Maybe eaiser to take from the bottom...a lot less removals?
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either way, top or bottom, its much easier with the tourqe tube out of the way
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tranny is about an hour and a half to drop, I took mine out the top and disconnected the bellhousing first, I would do it this way agian, much simpiler than out the bottom if you ask me...
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Couple of commetns and questions on my part...

Why would you pull the engine, or ANY major component removal/install from the engine bay without pulling the radiator first? This is a VERY delicate and important part of your car. It should ALWAYS be the first thing you take out when you pull a motor...

When I pull motors, I pull them from the top with the transmission attached. I've pulled more 13b setups than I have fingers and toes and eyeballs and possibly teeth too, and several 7m-GTE/GE setups, and one 2jz-GTE w/V161 (****ing 6spd is HUGE)...what's the difference between the torque-tube on the 944 and a tranny pull/with on any other?

Why do so many parts of the 944 sound like titles to cheap porn (torgque tube)?
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Mak - the torque tube sticks into the bellhousing like 6"
so if you pull it with the bellhousing attached, you have to pull the engine forward enough to clear it... this is where you run into issues... before the engine hits things and stops going forward, you have another 1" left inside the bellhousing.
Its hard to get around it, but you can...

Oh, and I didn't name these things
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I have removed my engine from both the top and bottom and found removing it from the bottom much easier.
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