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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Jul 27th, 01, 07:08 AM Thread Starter
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I'm building an early 327, small journal. How in the heck do you install the balancer to make sure it is on all the way? My crank has a hole in the end but not threads...Any help would be great...thanks
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Jul 27th, 01, 06:27 PM
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Luke,
The only way to do the job "correctly" is to drill and tap the crank so that you can use an installer. Otherwise, you just have to use a big hammer with a piece of wood on the damper and beat it on until it stops. Not the best deal in the world, but it will work. YOu will know when you bolt on the pulleys if it is on all the way. If the belts line up, you are ok.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Jul 28th, 01, 04:35 PM
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A better method than a block of wood and a hammer is a socket (larger than the hole in the balancer) and a 3# or 4# plastic-coated shot-filled dead-blow mallet; the socket ensures that you don't hit the outer ring, and the dead-blow mallet cushions the impact to avoid brinelling the thrust surface of the rear main bearing. If the engine is on a stand, you can block the rear flange on the crank against the stand to block the crank at the front of its endplay, or if it's in the car (and a manual) you can have a helper hold the clutch pedal down - either method protects the thrust bearing.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Jul 29th, 01, 09:02 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the help. How does the balancer stay in place if there is no bolt holding it on. Kind of scarry.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Jul 29th, 01, 05:32 PM
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It's a light press fit - Chevy built about 22 million of them that way.

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