Working on 46 NG. When going to release the fixing bolt on the top end of the gearbox I found that someone had drilled out the primary side rear engine plate hole for the top bolt. Now instead of the hole being a D hole, it is round. Instead of using a through bolt with a flat spot, this person used a straight bolt with a hex head fed from the timing side.
This makes it difficult to get the nut off under the battery carrier.
My proposal is rather than simply restoring the hole to it’s D shape, I will weld a nut on the outside (primary side) engine plate and use a straight bolt instead of the original two loose nuts and D bolt. Also thinking of doing this alteration to all my engine plates. Thoughts?
Also, what do you think about cutting out the battery carrier floor to provide much better access to the two bolts with nuts holding the carrier to the engine plate? Anyone else made these alterations?