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In the process of getting ready to remove the engine from my 68 camaro ( 350 with a 3 sp auto), some say leave the trans on and remove both, others say unbolt and leave in the car. The only problem is getting to the top two bolts on the bellhousing, any suggestions ( my first time to deal with an auto), I have already removed the radiator, wiring, alternator, carb, disconnected lines, even took the drive shaft out. Only thing left is the motor mounts and the trans mount


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Save yourself a bunch of work and remove the engine with the transmission attached. This is my preference for sure.
 

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Well that always brings up some debate. Assuming you have the hood off at this point you may be able to get them from the top. If that's not possible then long extensions over the top of the trans from underneath the car is the next best option.

Edit: After rereading it sounds like you're pulling the trans with the engine. If that's the case you don't need to get to the top bolts. As a matter of fact you don't want to loosen any of the trans to engine bolts until you have the whole thing out.
 

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If you need/want both out, it only makes sense to take them together. Like was sais, leave all the bellhousing bolts in and yank the unit.
If you don't want/need to pull the tranny, it's not too hard to block the trans in place, unblot the convertor from the flexpalte, remove the bell bolts, and just yank the motor. As was siad, about 2 feet of extension and a u-joint will get the top 2 bolts, or lay on top of the motor and get them with a combo wrench from above.
really tho, it's all much easier if the engine and trans come and go as a unit. Then when you put it back, the only thing to line up is the motor mounts.
 

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another question...


If I decided to leave the transmission in the car how far forward will the motor have to go to clear the shaft on the transmission. looks like I have about 6 or 7 inches till the oil pan hits the tie rod.


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If you unblot the flexplate from the torque converter, then it only has to go far enough to clear the locating pins on the block, 1/2 inch or so.
If you do it this way, make sure the converter stays put when you separate, it slides off real easy and holds over a gallon of oil that you don't want on your floor. Also, be sure to use a good jack under the trans pan. It will need to come up some so the engine will clear the mounts, then held there once the engine is free.
 

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If you want to leave the transmission in, you can get to the top bolts. Just lower the tail shaft of the transmission (crossmember removed) until you can get to the bolts. But pull the distributor first since it will hit the firewall and crack the cap or worse.
 

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When I pulled the 350 out of my 67, I left the tranny (Turbo 350) in place. I went to sears and got the longest craftsman 9/16 twelve point box end wrench they had for the bellhousing bolts. I had the hood and distributor removed so access was pretty good. If you take out the top bolts first, you can usually loosen them up and run them out by hand. If you have removed the bottom ones first, there will be a stress on the top ones making them harder to remove. Remember to remove those bolts that attach the converter to the flywheel, or you'll have a big mess to clean up. Hope this helps.
 
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