Sunday, July 15, 2012

Whew!


Yesterday was a real nail-biter.  We had taken Daisy to the shop a few days before.



And after a lot of thought....



and some head scratching.....



Roger decided he was going to need some assistance.....other than me.... to help him remove Daisy's engine.  Our friend, Jim, was forced volunteered to help out.  After the two of them studied the "Engine Removal Manual," they got to work.



Roger had already removed all the various parts surrounding the engine, so the next step was loosening all the bolts to the engine itself.



Then it was time to wrap this enormous chain around it and attach this cool-looking pulley.



Roger made sure it was on nice and tight before they started pulling.



Inch by inch......



little by little.....



they kept pulling.



They didn't stop pulling until that engine was hovering over Daisy like a hummingbird hovers over a flower.  Now this is where things got really scarey.



Roger had to hold the engine steady.....



while Jim supported the transmission and at the same time rolled Daisy back.  The whole time I watched I kept thinking about how I was going to explain to Jim's wife how Jim got run over by a truck with no engine.



Luckily, that didn't happen and the engine was finally free and clear.



They guys took a little breather before starting on the next step......



getting the engine into the crate.



Roger and Jim must be living right because right on cue Jim's son, Jason, showed up to help with this.



Lower.....



lower......



It's in!



All that was left now was finishing up.



They packed the engine nice and tight.



Some yellow straps were wrapped around the crate.



Daisy was rolled out of the way.



Jason hooked the pulley onto the yellow straps.



Jim and Jason lifted the crate while Roger backed his big pickup into the shop.



It took some muscle.....



and some team work.....



but they got it loaded onto the truck.



Roger will drop the crate off tomorrow at the motor freight company and Daisy's engine will be on its way to Skokie, Illinois where the guys at Antique Engine Rebuilding will give it an overhaul.  http://antiqueenginerebuilding.com/



For Daisy's sake, I hope they don't keep it too long.  The old girl looks naked without it.






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