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belhousing bolt removal suggestions

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by beater_k20, Oct 14, 2006.

  1. beater_k20

    beater_k20 Banned

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    really long storty, but in attempting to remove my exhaust manifolds from my K20, i resorted to pulling the engine and swapping in the 305 that i have laying in the garage. i cant get to the bolts from the top, or the bottom. i'm thinking if i leave the motor mount bolts in, and remove the crossmember bolts under the transfer case i should be able to swing everything down to give me better access to the bolts. anybody got any better suggestions?
     
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    removing the crosmember works pretty good, thats how i normaly do it on s-10's and there a little bit tighter than a fullsize
     
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    beater_k20 Banned

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    i'd imagine the titanic would be a little lighter than that 350/203 combo.
     
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    1979jimmy350 1/2 ton status

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    yea its pretty heavy, but i installed it with out taking the crossmember off figure that one out:wink1: Real fun is making a 203 fit into a s-10
     
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    That always worked good for me BUT just a bit of advice, if you go this root, pop the distributer cap off as it may break if you lower the back end of the motor to much (don't ask how I know that:doah: )

    Another option, If it's not a show rig and you have a hole saw, measure out on your firewall where the bolts are on your tranny in relation to your firewall and drill some 1" holes, then just gets some plugs to cover them when done.
    I did this when I had a SBC in my S-10, made it really easy for doing tranny swaps. Hope that helps a bit.

    Regards
    Ryan
     
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    i sold my spare 350-203 to a buddy who put it into an S10. to say it was a tight fit would be an understatement.
     
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    its a work truck right now, but being that it was my grandfather's, this year will be its last pushing snow, so the holesaw trick is a no go. 30 years pushing snow is plenty, i think the old girl has had enough.
     
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    Tranny tunnel doesn't unbolt?

    Rene
     
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    truck is factory 350/203, i didnt think they had removable humps. :confused: maybe i should check into that. :dunno:
     
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    if the truck is old enough to have a 203 it should have the removable tranny tunnel, my 79 jimmy had one
     
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    My 81 Jimmy has the removable tranny hump. Makes Bell bolts cake...

    Rene
     
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    beater_k20 Banned

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    yeah, it does... also found some scotch locks in the rear light harness that i didnt notice before. makes me wanna strip the entire thing down that much more. :mad:

    this thing is going to be so sweet after i completely redo it, but its a major piece right now.
     
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    You should find getting to the bellhousing bolts quite easy now...of course you will have the extra work of removing the tranny hump.

    Rene
     
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    and the carpet, and the seat.... ah well, that's easy stuff.
     
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    I use a ratcheting box end wrench and get the top two and on the other 4 I use an 18" extension with a wobble socket from underneath
     
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    tried both, and coudlnt get them. something about being on there for 30 years in a wet salty environment i think. i was able to get the lower ones with an impact.
     
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    ya i didn't realize my tranny tunnel unbolted when i did my engine swap, but a few months later when i did the 465 swap, i took the tunnel out. sure enough those bolts are cake now.
     
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    I just use about 3' of extensions and a wobble on the end. Makes it a VERY easy job.
     
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    Thats how i do it, hasn't failed me yet.
     
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    already been down the extension and wobble route, no worky...
     

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