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There is a special tool which is used to hold the liners in place and alow the crank to turn. This is the only way to safely move the crank with the head removed.
Thanks I am aware of that but what I do not understand is why the crank will not move to allow me to have access to the bolt.
The crank should physically turn regardless of whether the liners are clamp.
Was there any rotation before it locked when you tried to move it?
Please have another look at my original query. It is not about how to restrain the liner. The Haynes manual says that with the head removed it is virtually impossible to turn the crank. If that is so how do I get access to the blot??
No it is perfectly possible to turn the crank, I think maybe the manual has worded it badly meaning it is virtually impossible to turn the crank without the liners clamped. The crank should turn freely.
Sorry but this does not help. The Manual is very clear: "Due to the design of the engine it will be very difficult, almost impossible, to turn the crankshaft once the cylinder head bolts have been slackened..."
Ah I think I know where the confusion is. There are two types of clamp kit. The standard one threads into the bolt holes between the cylinders to pin the liner down. The other uses all of the heads bolts and also lifts the crank back into position with the block. In your case the crank will have dropped out of alignment. You can turn your crank by dropping the head back on with the camshafts out, nipping it up to 40nm with the old gasket and the crank will then turn. If it doesn't put a further 20nm on the head bolts.
Bless You !!!! That makes sense.
Tried putting the head back on etc as you recommended but no joy. Crank still does not move. - any more ideas?