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    Quote Originally Posted by Ford Guy View Post
    Yea, but I paid $450+ for these two pieces of aluminum. Not cheap by any means. Still think something is wrong with the company that produces this inferior product I've had them milled down to fit my application, so I can't return them. I'm stuck making them work....and I will, but still, I would hope 8 tapped holes could at least be correct!
    See, I told you, you jinxed it!

    But, seriously.. I would go with the Heli-coil type suggestion! And they are usually very strong, a lot stronger than a bolt threaded into aluminum. I like to use a 60% threaded hole when doing heli-coils, versus a 75% hole for a standard threaded bolt hole.

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    Here 'tis....Tranny is ready to slip back in. The disc and pressure plate are installed. Maybe tomorrow I will install the transmission....might have to cut the grass though. Everything looks good. Clutch linkage will be the next "big thing" to worry about. Was having trouble before so I'm expecting some problems again.
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    Still have to attach the p/u short bellhousing and the starter motor.
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    Looks good, hopefully everything will work out correctly this time!
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    Guess I'm going to have to get my brother over here to help stab this transmission. I'm getting too old to muscle these things in by myself anymore, I guess! Have to work next three days, so until then, have a great week!
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    Yeah it's tough as the parts seem to get heavier as each year go by! LOL!! Parts look great!

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    Update: Broke an ear off of an adapter plate...need to get it heliarc'd...just another delay. Oh well.....I think I better pull the engine so I can really see what I'm doing. Much easier to join the engine/trans...but lots more work!
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    Well, in the brighter light of day...it still looks bad! Actually, all it needs is to be ground out and I'll get by buddy to heliarc it next week. Then, I will dry fit the housing to make sure the dowels fit into the plate like they should. I made the mistake of trying to pull it together with the bolts installed in all the holes. I am going to pull the engine and do this the right way. Should have done it this way in the first place. Lesson learned !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ford Guy View Post
    Well, in the brighter light of day...it still looks bad! Actually, all it needs is to be ground out and I'll get by buddy to heliarc it next week. Then, I will dry fit the housing to make sure the dowels fit into the plate like they should. I made the mistake of trying to pull it together with the bolts installed in all the holes. I am going to pull the engine and do this the right way. Should have done it this way in the first place. Lesson learned !
    All part of the learning curve right? I always say at a time like this.. put it together to take it apart.. to put it together.. to take it apart.. etc. etc. etc.. just part of the "fun".

    Sounds like your on your way now tho'!

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    AngleViewBellhousing.JPGCrackedEar.JPGFrontViewBellhousing.JPGSideViewBellhousing.JPGTook the adapter plate to my welder buddy...worked just fine. Filled in 3 cracks around the bolt holes. Going to pull the engine next week and do this the "right" way.
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    Looking good. As for your clutch operation, you might want to look into a hydraulic setup rather than a mechanical.

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    Yea...when I look at it with the trans. hooked up to the engine (finally!), I will see if the mechanical linkage is going to work. If not, I will go with the Master/Slave hydraulic system to make this work. I had problems with the mechanical linkage before, so I will look very carefully at this when I get the installation done. I've still got to get the driveshaft shortened some more and modify my trans mount when I get the engine/tranny in place.
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    Got the tranny hooked up to the engine yesterday. Looks like it's going to work. Went smoothly and I'll have to wait until next week to install it. Then comes the fun with adapting the clutch linkage to work! Later!
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    That is good news! Congrats on the progress and here's hoping you can get the linkage sorted out easily!

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    Great thread, thanks for sharing your trials, tribulations and especially the photos!!!

    Haven't worked with flatheads but I sure have seen some of the challenges that you have run into...not too sure that I handled them as well as you have though...

    But live and learn, and I'm all in for learning by watching others!

    Keep those posts and photos coming!
    ...at least I'm enjoying the ride!

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