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Old 03-18-2009, 11:27 PM
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Hammering on a damper is a no-no, IMO.

All that hammering goes directly to the thrust bearing, and can cause thrust bearing problems. Especially bad if it's a stick shift app.

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That's a very good point now that you bring it up... I was just paraphrasing what my "how to rebuild small block chevies" book said...

I made my own installer tool I got a long bolt that matched the threads in the crank.. (7/16 fine I think?)

I threaded a nut down the bolt to the head, then added a couple of flast washers, and then threaded the bolt into the crank, put a drop of oil between the washers, then just spin the nut down to install the balancer.
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I have heard this debate about how it is OK to use a pad over the damper and and hammer it on and I suppose if you just hammer very lightly it would be OK, trouble is "hammer it very lightly rarely will do the job". The crank is heavy and light taps will be absorbed by the mass is the argument BUT if the crank bearing surface is against the thrust bearing, which it will be, then the bearing surface will receive some of the shock. I too have seen advice in print about how to use a pad over the damper but I would never even consider doing it and I would consider any other info suspect from a book that would say it is OK to do that! My opinion anyway.
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I followed the book pretty closely when I built my small block.. and it's proven to be a stout little motor.. so I Can't complain too much :>
he does mention that is NOT the ideal way to do it.. but is acceptable as a 'last resort'
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