For all the readers that have followed thus far the progression of the removal of the engine from our boat and that are curious how it went, this morning it got lifted off. Following I am posting photos of the process. It was really an easy-peasy procedure.
In the meantime we had a couple of nights with freezing temperatures so our travel trailer got winterized. It is always sad when this happens, but I am hopeful that we will travel south before winter arrives here in our region and the pink stuff will be flushed out shortly after we leave.
The engine got lifted out of its hole, hanging from the hoist and attached to an engine load leveller.
Benno slid the track and engine platform underneath and dropped the engine onto it.
This is the underside of the engine platform. The two wooden pieces will guide the platform on the rail so it will not slide off. The polyethylene strips on the sidebar are very slippery and are sitting on the greased wooden rail. (For the polyethylene pieces I had to sacrifice my IKEA cutting mat. I guess I have to buy a new one)
The upper side of the engine platform.
The rail is greased underneath the engine platform.
I am greasing the rail bit by bit and Benno is using the leaver hoist to pull the engine through the cabin.
The engine is halfway out though the cabin.
The view from outside looking in as the engine slides out.
The engine sits at the doorway. Benno had removed the door, piano hinges and a small strip of wood on the other side of the entrance way.
The engine is through the door and now outside on the deck.
All wrapped up, ready for pickup the next day.
In case you are wondering what kind of grease we used, it is "Lucas Red 'N Tacky" and the engine moved with ease. It was just yucky to clean off afterwards!
Saturday morning Benno and Greg, the new owner of the engine are waiting for the frontend loader.
Jim Ciliska from Ciliska Excavating has arrived and he positions his backhoe for the lift.
Benno is attaching the slings onto the engine and backhoe.
Ready to hoist the engine off the deck.
No problem the engine is hanging on the backhoe.
Jim is taking the engine to the utility trailer that is parked at the roadside.
Jim is such an expert in handling his frontend loader with backhoe.
Jim is all concentration as the engine is put into position.
So this job came to an end and Benno is looking forward to modifying the engine room and other tasks. Perhaps we will make plans to head south soon. Thanks for dropping by again.