Re: Tips for dropping in an A-4?
Especially for the one you're taking out, if you remove the alternator/generator, exhaust manifold and anything else that hangs off the side to create a smaller, lighter package to feed out of the compartment and out of your companionway that may save some dings and scratches.
You can do the same for the dropin if you find that a helpful measure. If you've got lots of room and plenty of grunt then maybe it's no big deal.
Like the idea of inspecting/cleaning up/replacing any mounts at this time. Also take the time to thoroughly clean the area underneath the engine and paint it before dropping in the new one.. get some oil soak pads and lay them under the engine, it will be easy to keep it all clean for some time.
Take this opportunity to make an oil pan suction line off the drain plug connection so you can pump the oil out from there rather than mess with a dipstick tube, and take a page from Porfin's book and clean and paint the 'new' engine before you drop it in. Nothing say's 'well looked after' like a clean engine and compartment.
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