Made some progress over the weekend and today. Began prepping the engine for removal over the weekend – disconnecting the wiring harness, removing driveshaft, various clutch, power steering, A/C lines, etc. All went pretty smooth. It definitely helps having all the right tools and equipment!
Ran into an issue while trying to raise the suspension up to a more functional height for the meantime. The front was fine, however the rears are a different story. Something has gouged into the strut base where the shock screws in and out of for ride height adjustments. It’s so deep that it has contacted the threads and is unable to function. Emailed Fortune Auto Suspension and have a replacement rear set on the way.
You can see them gouged pretty bad here:
Almost ready to remove.
No more engine up there.
Next up is a thorough cleaning of the engine bay with some good degreaser and a pressure washer.