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Old 07-30-2020, 01:12 AM
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Freakshow converter seems a little tight against flexplate?

I mated the th350 to my BBC and everything looks real good. I put the Freakshow torque converter in and it sat down nicely on the tranny. But after mating the tranny and engine, I noticed that the converter doesn't have a lot of clearance to the flex plate. I've read repeatedly that it should be in the neighborhood of 1/8". But mine is probably not even 1/16". It's not tight, it just doesn't have the clearance. Not sure what to do here. I definitely don't want to blow up a pump. For reference you'll notice in the picture that the bolts are not tightened. Just in there to hold everything in place.

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Old 07-30-2020, 02:47 AM
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I would suggest calling them.

You might have mistakenly gotten one welded together with the front drive cover intended for an application that has a rear motor plate in place.

As long as you have clearance, and the converter isn't tight to the flexplate when unbolted you should be good IFAIK, with a small gap you've just got maximum engagement at all the spline locations, but I would want confirmation from Freakshow before just running with it.

The custom I had built by a local race trans builder cleared the flexplate by just less than 1/8", it was a lot tighter than a stock converter ever is.
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Call Michael and ask to show him that pic, I'm sure he will advise you.
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My FTC was a little tight right there too. I called my tranny guy and he said, as long as there is any room when pulling it up with the bolts I would be OK.
So far so good, but... Definitely call Michael. As far as mine it was really tight going into the trans too, never had one like that before.
We will pull it, put a new seal, and hopefully it slides on further when I put the 406 in. Trans is built pretty stout, it's cost me a bunch and I dont want to mess it up!
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