Today Damien Maguire asked if I could measure the distance between the two gearbox output CV flanges.
So the first thing was to get the car up on stands. Not easy as the ground is uneven and the car is too low for the jack to get under the front cross member. So it was a little game of lifting each side a bit at a time until I could get axle stands underneath. Not a safe process until it was up there so I forgot to take photos.
With the engine under tray removed I could see where the CV joints were and how I would need to measure the spacing.
So I popped into the workshop and found some scrap sticks from the bin and a couple of small G cramps.
That allowed me to make a sorta caliper I could use to touch on the CV flanges for a measurement.
Crawling back under the car I was able to adjust the pointers on the caliper so that it touched off on the edge of the output drive flange.
The drive flanges are cups with a raised location rim but that was the best I could get.
So measuring between the points gave me 248mm. That might be something like 245mm from face to face but that can’t be confirmed until the gearbox is removed. Hopefully it will be accurate enough for what Damien needs.
So to finish I measured the diameter of the CV joint. It should be either 90mm or 100mm so the easy thing was to set the bow calipers to 100mm and reach into the engine bay to see. And it is 100mm.