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Calling anyone who has dropped the engine out of their QPod Sport.  I need to get mine overhauled but have to take it out first.  Step-by-step instructions would be great but any advice would help.

Pete

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Hi

It's not hard.

Take off the rear bumper and Mudguards. Dont forget the Number plate light .....
Clamp the Fuel line and disconnect that.
Disconnect the wiring loom. large plug behind the number plate.
Disconnect the Throttle, Choke and Starter Motor.
Starter motor solonoid is under the frame rail and a fiddle to get to.

Undo the large nut on Drive shaft and remove the Outside pully half and belt ( you may as well get a new Belt)
To get the nut undone you may have to remove the Fan Cover and hold the fan still with a suitable doofah. A jemmy works well :)
Take care not to hit the coil which sits just above the fly wheel / fan.

Remove the exhaust pipe.

There is a Plate that holds the top of the engine, 4 bolts from memory.
Then there are the 2 hanger bars either side of the engine. Losen them but don't take them off.

Then 4 Bolts under the engine and slide it out.

The engine is quite heavy, 20 + KG.

Whilst the engine is out:

Rebuild / clean the Blocks in the pully. It may be worth replacing the blocks.
Check the starter Motor out - turn the brushes over if they look to have worn unevenly.
Grease the Universal Joints on the Drive Shaft.
Grease the rear wheel bearings.

+ anything else that looks like it needs doing :)

Alex.
Hi Alex,

Thanks for the info; just what i'm after.

Peter



Alex said:
Hi

It's not hard.

Take off the rear bumper and Mudguards. Dont forget the Number plate light .....
Clamp the Fuel line and disconnect that.
Disconnect the wiring loom. large plug behind the number plate.
Disconnect the Throttle, Choke and Starter Motor.
Starter motor solonoid is under the frame rail and a fiddle to get to.

Undo the large nut on Drive shaft and remove the Outside pully half and belt ( you may as well get a new Belt)
To get the nut undone you may have to remove the Fan Cover and hold the fan still with a suitable doofah. A jemmy works well :)
Take care not to hit the coil which sits just above the fly wheel / fan.

Remove the exhaust pipe.

There is a Plate that holds the top of the engine, 4 bolts from memory.
Then there are the 2 hanger bars either side of the engine. Losen them but don't take them off.

Then 4 Bolts under the engine and slide it out.

The engine is quite heavy, 20 + KG.

Whilst the engine is out:

Rebuild / clean the Blocks in the pully. It may be worth replacing the blocks.
Check the starter Motor out - turn the brushes over if they look to have worn unevenly.
Grease the Universal Joints on the Drive Shaft.
Grease the rear wheel bearings.

+ anything else that looks like it needs doing :)

Alex.
Just to add it's best to disconnect battery before you start!


Peter said:
Hi Alex,

Thanks for the info; just what i'm after.

Peter



Alex said:
Hi

It's not hard.

Take off the rear bumper and Mudguards. Dont forget the Number plate light .....
Clamp the Fuel line and disconnect that.
Disconnect the wiring loom. large plug behind the number plate.
Disconnect the Throttle, Choke and Starter Motor.
Starter motor solonoid is under the frame rail and a fiddle to get to.

Undo the large nut on Drive shaft and remove the Outside pully half and belt ( you may as well get a new Belt)
To get the nut undone you may have to remove the Fan Cover and hold the fan still with a suitable doofah. A jemmy works well :)
Take care not to hit the coil which sits just above the fly wheel / fan.

Remove the exhaust pipe.

There is a Plate that holds the top of the engine, 4 bolts from memory.
Then there are the 2 hanger bars either side of the engine. Losen them but don't take them off.

Then 4 Bolts under the engine and slide it out.

The engine is quite heavy, 20 + KG.

Whilst the engine is out:

Rebuild / clean the Blocks in the pully. It may be worth replacing the blocks.
Check the starter Motor out - turn the brushes over if they look to have worn unevenly.
Grease the Universal Joints on the Drive Shaft.
Grease the rear wheel bearings.

+ anything else that looks like it needs doing :)

Alex.
Alex, your instructions were spot on; dropped the engine out this morning with no major problems.

Seems that there is very little or no compression, so it's off to the local Lombardini dealership for a major overhall.

Thanks again for your help!

Pete
Hi. Glad the instructions helped.
As I said, it's not hard to get the engine out.

Low Compression is either piston rings or a burned valve.
Both not exactly common problems on these engines.

Have a look at the spark plug.
Is it white in color. - That will indicate a weak mixture and the problem is most likely valves.
Check the Carb and Fuel Pump Out.

If the plug is oily the rings have gone.
I'd strongly advise getting it rebored and a new piston / Rings. You will have to do piston and rings anyway, a rebore won't cost that much extra ( £20 or so ).
Don't forget to treat it nicely for the first 50 - 75 miles. You need to run it in a bit.

Alex.

Hi Alex, I am stuck, can you help!

I have done all below but there is a tie bar on the left of theengine which goes up into the frame where teh shock absorber attaches.  Thi sprevents removal of engine. To remove the tie bar at the bottom you would have to remove the inside drive pulley which requires a special tool.

Any suggestion gratefully received..

JOhn

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