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post #3 of Old 09-08-2009
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Well guys, I spent 6+ hours down there on Friday/Saturday morning, removing and replacing the gearbox. I'm 6'0", 215# - fat bugger - I hate enclosed spaces and I'm none too flexible. It's really not that bad though. If you open up the front of the engine, it's quite airy - provided the engine is cold. When it's hot it's an absolute bear.

I've looked at access through the cockpit floor - but it seems far too complex in view of the wheel etc...

I have 2 lights in the engine bay - I don't know if they are standard or added by the previous owner. They are VERY helpful - might even add another. I hardly need a flashlight. Getting in is not too bad with practice.

Mind your head on any of the long bolts used to fix my cockpit floor in place - I have plenty of scars from them!

Good luck!

s/v Toodle-oo!
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