Having got the gearbox out of the Corsair (V4, 1700) to inspect/look at the clutch assembly yesterday (Thu 2 May 2013), I failed to get the 'box back in as I ran out strength (muscle) and started to doubt I could do it alone... (3 hours or so of struggling)
I was using two trolley jacks, one to support the rear and the other was under the main (middle) section. I got about 2" away from it going in. I have one alignment tool screwed in to the engine block. My clutch assembly was all centralised using a proper tool (not a home made bodge as done in the past) and was still centralised after I gave up, in case I'd knocked the friction plate out of alignment.
I've blogged about it here on my personal site
Does anyone have some hints/tips that could help?
The annoying thing is that I've replaced a 1.6 Capri gearbox on my own once before, but then I was younger and fitter.
The main reason for all this is the clutch mechanism is seized (still could be..) but I don't know how/if i could bench test the pressure plate. I have no spare cash at the mo to even contemplate buying new part(s), this is just so I can move the car about the driveway/garage.