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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 01, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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Here's a topic I've never seen addressed. Is it o.k. to run an engine with-out a heavy manual tranny flywheel or a torque converter with just the auto tranny flexplate bolted up? I have just built an engine stand to mount my engines on that I build in order to fire them up, adjust valve lash, check for leaks, re-torque bolts, check oil pressure, do engine break-ins, etc... before I install them in vehicles. The engines will all have front harmonic dampners and flex plates. Any harm? Any rpm limits? What do you think?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 01, 04:10 PM
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It won't hurt anything

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 01, 05:06 PM
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We have done it on our test stand several times. Just be careful, the engine will rev real fast without the weight of the flywheel.

Bill Koustenis
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1971 Chevelle "Heavy Chevy" original owner
1973 Z-28 ..one family car...Brother bought it new in 73
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 01, 05:13 PM
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I've done it many times on my stand with only a flex plate instaled.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 01, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, guys. Allways appreciate the savvy out there.
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