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Old 01-08-2004, 08:15 AM
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Installing a harmonic balancer

I'm putting a new harmonic balancer on my small block after the old one slipped on the outer ring. I have a nice install tool made by Matco but I dont trust the threads on the cast crank. They are kind of boogered up and I fear damaging them. A lot of old timers use a wooden block and a 5lb hammer to install them. Some have said this can ruin the thrust bearing on the crank. Any suggestions?
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Old 01-08-2004, 08:23 AM
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Dont pound it on there.
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Canīt you run a tap in there and clean the threads up,or by
"boogered" do you mean stripped?
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The first inch looks stripped. The threads are good past that but I done have enough engagement on the threads of the tool.
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What ever you do DON'T pund it on.

Here is an idea, go buy some all thread that will thread into your crank, use a couple washers and pull is on with a nut (poor mans installer), it will work. Just buy decent quality all thread. If you have a store that sells long bolts (threader most of the way) that could be used in the place of the all thread. You will need a few washers so you can step up up in size to get one big enough to cover the hole in the balancer. Put a little grease between the washers so they will slip easily.
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Old 01-08-2004, 10:56 AM
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Clean the threads with a tap.

Put the balancer in the oven with the tool already set up at 250 degrees for a while.

A little anti seize compoumd on the crank snout and it will press right on.
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