hmm... is there such a thing as a wrench where you don't have to move the wrench? like maybe with an electric motor at the end or with a chain moving along the length of the wrench so you turn something at the beginning of the handle? that would be pretty sweet right now.
This gives me hope. I was on the brink of despair.
The first step in the Haynes manual to take the air intake off is to let the engine run in idle for 15 minutes. This is highly impractical in the current situation, and it was followed by about a million more steps.
Stu85na - did you get the wrench in down from the hood, or from under the car? Neither one seems to give room to break the bolts loose, much less unbolt them.
BTW, I think you may want to put a bottom bolt back in and remove the top two first. That way you can put the jack under the tranny and unbolt the bottom one easily, rather than letting it just fall on your chest when you finish unbolting it from the top.
I brought the "Socket Wrench" (not a regular flat wrench) down from the top with the help of a buddy who fished it to me while I was underneath the car with my arms up near those two upper bellhousing bolts. Between the two of us we directed the socket over the bolt and went to town.
There isn't much room to break it loose but there is enough, if you are patient.
This is what worked for me but I would try all of these suggestions until you find one that works for you.
I wouldn't remove the intake myself unless it's last resort. Keep it simple when you can!
tmacis300z - do you know what the name of that tool is?
I got the transmission out and old clutch out.. putting everything back together will be tough. I used the crazy u-joint/extention method of getting those bolts out, but it was quite difficult, and getting them back in that way will be way harder.. agh.
Clutch jobs are always fun on these cars. I don't know how some of the people here on the board do it in a few hours! It took me quite a little while, but I don't have any advanced tools, a lift, or the like.
You'll get there, you're on the downhill side now!
Does it matter which way the throw-out bearing goes on? One side of it is flat for the most part, the other side is farther out towards the center.
I had the engine bellhousing bolts all layed out in the order I took them out so they wouldn't get mixed up, but someone kicked them all over (yeah.. they were on the floor). There are two lengths, short and long, plus one a little longer, so pretty much all I need to know is where the longest one goes, so if anyone knows that it would help.