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Old 07-04-2007, 08:12 AM
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Ford Small Block bellhousing woes

Hi group! I've been learning here since 2003 but haven't had anything to offer, but I have a friend with a problem. I figured this would be the very best place to ask: He is putting a 302 (mid 70's) in a 63 Falcon Sprint and is having difficulties with the bellhousing. The car came with a T10 in great shape, but the bell on the 302 has too small a bolt pattern for the trans to bolt up. Also, the center hole is about 3/8" too large for the nose housing. Is there a specific bell he needs to look for? Thanks in advance for any information you might have and MANY thanks for the ideas I have gotten from this forum!!!

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...putting a 302 (mid 70's) in a 63 Falcon Sprint and is having difficulties with the bellhousing. The car came with a T10 in great shape, but the bell on the 302 has too small a bolt pattern for the trans to bolt up. Also, the center hole is about 3/8" too large for the nose housing. Is there a specific bell he needs to look for?
You are going to have to find an early (six mounting bolt) bellhousing. These were used on the FAIRLANE-FALCON-COMET-MUSTANG. Many had two trans mounting patterns.

The bearing retainer opening does not have to be exact as the trans is centered by the mounting ears and pilot bearing.
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The bearing retainer opening does not have to be exact as the trans is centered by the mounting ears and pilot bearing.
Sorry, but that is not correct. The bearing retainer ABSOLUTELY centers the trans relative to the crank. The bolt holes in the mounting ears have clearance holes that allow slop. The pilot bearing centers the input shaft, not the trans.
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Sorry, but that is not correct. The bearing retainer ABSOLUTELY centers the trans relative to the crank. The bolt holes in the mounting ears have clearance holes that allow slop. The pilot bearing centers the input shaft, not the trans.


You are correct sir...
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Thanks Duke and Joe! I'll let him know what to look for. Funny now that you mention the dual bolt pattern, I seem to remember dealing with this same issue (far too many) years ago. Hopefully they won't be too scarce and the trans input housing will fit snug..... Thanks again!!!
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Sorry, but that is not correct. The bearing retainer ABSOLUTELY centers the trans relative to the crank. The bolt holes in the mounting ears have clearance holes that allow slop. The pilot bearing centers the input shaft, not the trans.
I still can't believe I posted this. What the heck was I thinking? Good thing somebody caught it!

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