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Old 10-19-2002, 06:46 PM
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I have recently purchased a new Lakewood bellhousing to adapt a Chevy engine to a Forad toploader transmission. Critical to the process is making sure that the bellhousing is properly aligned. Where can you find a tool that aligns the centerline of the transmission with the crankshaft when the bellhousing is in plact?

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I use a machinist magnetic base with a dial indicator. Mount the base to the end of the crankshaft, turn the crank from the front and check the runout.

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off set dowels are available from lakwood to insure a permanent alignment. They come with a screwdriver slot so you can turn them while you are checking as above post. Tedious but necessary.
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While you have that dial indicator set up it's not a bad idea to check the face of that bellhousing to make sure it's parallel to the back of the block (perpendicular to the crank centerline).
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