Originally Posted by DUTCH MAX HEADWORK
Check and set parallelism first then concentric. Clean the mating surfaces first and run a soapstone over it to check for burrs and irregularities.
I'm really interested in how that trans works out for you. I haven't had a chance to install or drive one yet.
Which clutch package, flywheel and bellhousing have you chosen?
Which pilot bushing does Mcleod suggest?
I plan on cleaning up the flat surfaces with scotch brite pad and and high grit sandpaper then filing flat what I need to to get the block surface as flat as possible.
I asked McLeod about parallelism but they said to follow what’s in the instructions. I don’t have a dial indicator with the plunger on the back of it, so I’m not real enthused about finding parallelism but I guess I have to bite the bullet and work that out somehow. I just don’t know where to get shims for it. Grainger only shows them in bulk quantities an I know I’ll only need a few for my application.
I have the McLeod Super Street Pro clutch and pressure plate kit for 26 spline. I also asked McLeod if it was fine to use the stock z-bar clutch linkage and was told I could. I’m also using the stock 621 bell housing. The car has Chevy High Performance Parts flywheel for internally balance big blocks.
They don’t specify what kind of pilot bushing. Step 11 in the instructions say “Install pilot bushing.” Not a pilot bearing. I have a new bronze bushing from Summit that I will install while doing the assembly.
I have read on multiple sites about the early teething problems from this transmission but have seen reviews of them being remedied and performing quite good now. However the instructions specifically say DO NOT install slicks on your car with this tranny. Even though it’s rated for 500/500 it’s still just a hulled up T5 with a higher performance gear set, but not designed for racing. Just spirited street cars with street tires.
More than anything I want to check fitment for the tunnel. I think I might even be able to use my stock crossmember. Possibly the drive shaft too. It uses a TH400 output spline which I will need to get changed for the yoke.