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mudding with a Sm465???

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by BlazerBoy, Sep 5, 2001.

  1. BlazerBoy

    BlazerBoy 1/2 ton status

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    I just swapped my auto for a sm465 and a NP205, I see more mud and water crossings up where I am at than anything else. I am wondering what type of effects the mud and water will have on my clutch? I dont have a flywheel cover yet (cant find one) so I plan to make one. I was also told that there was suppose to be some sort of seal over the hole where the clutch fork goes?? Dont have one of those either. Has any one with a Sm465 had problems with their clutch in the mud and water? If so is there anything that I can do to prevent these problems? Thanks in advance..

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  2. Butch

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    Ran mine in the mud for 10 years on the same clutch. If it starts to slip take a pressure washer and stick in the hole next to where the starter bolts up and it will come back around. I would leave the covers off. What they keep out they also keep in. If you can't completely seal it off then you are better letting it drain. I lost my cover in a mud hole. It pushed back enough that the crankshaft caught it and did a can opener number on it.

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  3. TX Mudder

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    Congrats on going stick. Slush boxes are for slush brains (just kidding.) I love my manual.
    Ok, yes there is a clutch fork seal. You can probably still get it from the dealer. I have seen them for sale in the Cheyenne/LMC/Paddock catalogs (can't remember which one.)
    My 465 hasn't had a flywheel cover for a good 5 years now. I've looked and looked in the jyard and can't find one. None of the resto catalogs seem to have them. I haven't had any problems without it. I would feel better if it was on there though.
    I have actually only seen one 465 cover and it is on my buddy's truck - don't think he'd take too kindly to me 'borrowing' it :)
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  4. BlazerBoy

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    Yeah I was thinking the same thing.. about not running one but I am kinda leary. Anyways for everyones information I found what I believe to be the GM part # for the flywheel cover it is 15607700 it was about 28 bucks.. I might go in today and order it.. not sure yet.. Thanks

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  5. Mudzer

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    I've had similar thoughts about running mud with my SM465. In fact, you were there one day when I passed on trying to "Show Up" Todd in the mudhole at Potosi. Not much on gumbo mud these days, it tears up parts too bad. Now, if its water or wet stuff, I'll usually try it. Just dont want my clutch packed with thick gumbo mud. I think I will run without a cover, Butch probably has the idea. I think they tend to hold mud more than keep it out. Of course, they would help to keep the thicker mud out. Not real sure what my answer is!!! [​IMG]

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