i was looking in the haynes manual about refitting an engine back into the car and that the clutch requires alignment with the input shaft and that its easier to refit the clutch when the engine is in the car bolted to the gearbox? i was just wondering what people on here did and if its worth doing it when its out of the car or is it simple enough to do when the engine is in the car, and do i need the clutch clips to do it?
Usually a lot easier to have the engine and gearbox together out of the car.
Clutch alignment is only setting the input shaft splined hole in the friction plate central before bolting the pressure plate down. This can easily be done by sight with a metal bar just to move it round if the engine is out of the car.
I had to do my last one by feel as there was only about a 2" gap between the engine and gearbox and everything went back ok.
thanks chris, i have the gearbox still in the car and i have the clutch bolted on the engine which is out of the car, done by sight and a bit of measurment. i'll soon find out if it goes back in ok i guess!