Trans Dowels are Important.

Discussion in 'Tech Articles, How-To's & Write Ups' started by monkeyspunk79, Jan 22, 2006.

  1. monkeyspunk79

    monkeyspunk79 New Member

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    Here's a funny one from my high school days. I owned a 1964 Chevy Bel Air with a 283 and Powerglide trans. While I had the motor out for a rebuild, I cleaned and repainted the engine bay. I also ordered all new trans cooler lines, front end parts, etc. I had it ready to bolt back together and I was too anxious for my own good.

    After spending hours in the garage getting things ready, I finally started lowering the 283 back in the engine bay. I lined everything up with the trans, and started to thread the bellhousing bolts in on the driver's side. I drove them in without making sure the other side was line up perfectly.

    So as I ran over to tighten up the passenger side I noticed it was harder to 'draw in'. Instead of stopping and double checking that the trans and engine was lined up straight on the dowels, I decided to keep 'drawing in' the passenger side by tightening the bolts. :slap: What a stupid idea. I eventually cracked an ear off of the transmission bellhousing. I had a cracked powerglide and a few chunks of aluminum in my hand all because I was too anxious to do the job right. I was so pissed I threw the wrench about 3 miles.

    Moral of this story: Line up the transmission on those dowel pins the RIGHT way... Straight!
     
  2. HISSIN50

    HISSIN50 New Member

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    Brute force - seems like something I would do. Matter of fact, I probably have. :D
     
  3. Kiljosh

    Kiljosh New Member

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    I did kind of the same thing with a timing cover... lol
     
  4. Lightning Struck

    Lightning Struck Legend

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    :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
  5. Mr.351w

    Mr.351w New Member

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    broke a torque converter like that...