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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 6th, 00, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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My transmission is still hooked up to my 69 camaro in the posistion it left when I pulled my SB out of it.

When I go to install this BB 454, should I try to drop it in and line it up with (TH350 transmission) the shaft. Or, should I take out (unbolt transmission) from frame mount, and take out the transmission and then drop in the motor. Then restab the transmission into the motor and bolt it back up.

Opinions and knowledge always help! What do you think the easiest way or the easiest way is???

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 6th, 00, 02:32 PM
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I'm not quite sure what you mean by "lining it up to the shaft" when dropping the big block engine in.

Before installing the engine, the torque conv. should be installed to the trans. There should be no shaft to line up.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 6th, 00, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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The shaft on the transmission. That's what goes into the engine. It's how your transmission mounts up to the engine.

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This is a 2 cent sketch of the transmission.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 6th, 00, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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I'm sorry that sketch was terrible. It looks nothing like I was trying to say.
Any how, every automatic transmission has a shaft that goes into the engine.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 6th, 00, 03:30 PM
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how long of a shaft are you talking about? there should only be about a 3/8" tall "shaft" in the center of the torque converter to line up with the end of the crankshaft.

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 7th, 00, 02:34 AM
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Procharged,
The only "shaft" that I draw a mental picture on is the alignment dowell on the bellhousing. If this is the "shaft" you are speaking of, they are very easy to line up with while stabbing the engine.

It just takes a little pushing & pulling the engine around while settling it into the mounts.

Other than that, there isn't any "shaft" on the torque convertor that goes into the crankshaft. The torque convertor is held on to the flexplate by three bolts.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 7th, 00, 04:55 AM
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The snout of the tork converter does sit inside the crankshaft. You don't have to line it up, just put the engine in, line up the dowels on the bellhousing, bolt it up tight. Then push the converter toward the engine/flexplate, about 1/4 to 3/8 inch. It will automatically slip into the crank and seat on the flexplate. Bolt up the converter and go.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 10th, 00, 09:54 AM
 
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Take out the trans and mount them together with the torque converter OUT of the car. Mucho easier. The BBC will sit against the firewall and make tightening the bolts hard. I have done it both ways. This way you can make sure all bolts are nice and tight. It will take another body under the car to guide in the trans shaft.
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