All major engine components should be cleaned and degreased.
Step 1. Separate engine from the automatic transmission.
Remove the plastic cover that surrounds the torque converter housing.On turbo models, remove the turbocharger support bracket.
Remove the bolts that hold the torque converter to the driveplate by putting a socket wrench with an extender bar through the access hole on the front plate of the engine. See Illustration.
Remove all of the engine to transmission bolts.
Attach an engine hoist to the engine lifting lugs. It is important that the engine is lifted perfectly straight. If the hoist does not lift the engine perfectly straight, the engine will bind to the transmission and it will not separate. If at first the engine does not separate from the transmission, it may be necessary to carefully pry the engine from the transmission.
Step 2. Preparing the engine for conversion
Step 4. Installing the Clutch
The clutch diaphragm spring assembly, clutch disc, throw-out bearing and slave cylinder are installed between the engine flywheel and transmission final gear housing as a unit. In order to get the clearance necessary for these three components to fit, the diaphragm spring must be compressed and held in the compressed state by means of a special spacer tool.
The spacer tool is a metal dowel bent into a circle which is inserted between the spring fingers and the diaphragm body. It can be fashioned from an old bucket handle with a pair of pliers and a little patience.
Compressing the diaphragm spring is more of a challenge. This author used a hydraulic floor jack, and a pair of battery hold-down rods to compress the spring. A bottle jack can also be employed for this task.