Dutton Kit Cars and their owners
Rather than dropping the rear of the car, which sounds dodgy unless you have lots of space, you might be able to achieve a similar effect by using the brakes. With the rear wheels jacked up and the car in gear, you could rev the engine then stamp on the brakes (with your foot on the clutch the whole time).
There doesn't seem to much enthusiasm for disassembling, we're obviously just a bunch of brutes!
As far as I know the tech behind the Essex engine is pretty much the same as a crossflow. Similar age, similar structure pushrods, overhead valves and internal cam etc. You might need a bigger lump hammer though.
As to the clutch - if its got to come out then make sure you have a good hoist and go for engine out as the clutch will come with it. If its just 'stuck' then get it thoroughly warmed up, chain it down to something solid (like another car) and then try to start it in gear with your foot on the clutch.
thanks all will try it
clutch relisse attempt 1 trying to start it in 4 gear did not work even with a new battery just starter click so next will be to get some petrol and warm the engine up to heat everything up then try it again