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Old 06-06-2002, 05:39 AM
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I am installing a shift kit in a turbo 350 tranny, I do not have a torque wrench that is in inch pounds, I only have a foot pounds only. My question is how or can I know if I have enough torque on the valve body and oil plate bolts.

Any tricks or ideas would be helpful, thanks

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Old 06-06-2002, 08:44 AM
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Buy the correct torque wrench, you cannot use a foot pound wrench and convert. You would have very inaccurate torque readings when you consider that there is 12 inch pds for every 1 foot pd.
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Go rent one.
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Would it be a good idea to have both types of wrenches in ft lbs and inch pounds if doing a lot of work on engines. I see some specs ask for diff lbs???
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If you are serious about transmission rebuilding you will need one. I bought one 20 years ago and have used it a total of 10 times, F1 was right it might be best to just rent one for when you need it. I'm not sorry I bought it (I paid $80 used for a SnapOn clicker) but I honestly hardly ever use it. The only times I use it are for transmission band torquing, steering box free play adjustment and some odd motorcycle work that requires me to convert from Newton-metres to inch pounds.
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Autozone has a free borrow program but I'm not sure on the conditions of borrowing the tool.
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Rent it from auto zone, I do it all the time. You will actually pay the full price of the tool but they will give you "all" your money back when you return it and you can keep it as long as you want. Just make sure you hang on to the receipt. Matter fact, if you decide you want to keep the tool, you can, since you paid full price for it. I rented a 3 jaw puller and never brought it back...then went back a couple weeks later and rented a harmonic balancer puller. Come to think of it...i didnt bring it back yet either. Go check em out, its a great program. HRS10
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jmi the gm specs for th350 vavle body bolts are 13 ft lbs and the pan bolts are 13 ft lbs as well
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