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Old 10-31-2006, 03:48 PM
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Pilot Bearing Problem

I have what I think is a stock 1965 Chevelle 283 motor that I'm putting in front of a 4 speed. I bought a pilot bearing for it from Autozone and when I went to install it, I had a feeling it was a little too big, but I went for it and got it in...mostly . It wouldn't seat correctly. I knew I screwed up, so I pulled it and went to a different store and got the correct Federal Mogul bearing. Same problem. It's a little too big for the hole in the crank. Anyone have any idea why this would be and also what bearing do I need. Also the flywheel isn't going onto the crank too easy either. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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You keep saying bearing, is this a bearing or a bushing? All the 283s I worked on used a bushing made of oillite and bronze, some will peel but for a tight fit they always worked. Good Luck
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I used to have an old 283 crank that had a slightly smaller hole in the back side, so a normal pilot bushing wouldn't fit. An old car guy told me you could get a bushing that would fit it, but I had another crank with a normal-sized hole, so I just used that one. Might check with a parts place that has a paper catalog with bushing dimensions, just in case one's still available.
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I think I have one of those.
PM me with the outside measurment. I'll look and send it to ya,
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Here is a spiffy link to the part of dorman's website with pilot bushings. RIGHT HERE

If you click on the part number of a bushing it will give you dimensions. You may have to click a few part #'s to find it.

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