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Ok can anyone tell me what Im doing wrong? I have a 64 chevelle with a 383, 4 speed, and 3.73 gears. it seems that I have trans problems more often then I should. I put a new center force clutch, presure plate, throw out bearing on it abouta year ago. first I had a problem with the throw out bearing. replaced that then the trans had a bad gear. had the replaced. just a couple of weeks ago It started to make a nosie, pulled the trans found the throw out bearing bad, also the front bearing on the trans was bad. replace those items amd now a week later there is a noise in it. pulled the trans and find that it has a gear with two broken teeth. why am I having so much trouble with this trans am I missing somthing? could it be that the trans is not centered in the bell housing? (lakewood blow proof) it also has a roller bearing for the pilot. should I change that? help im getting tired of pulling this trans! thanks in advance for any info
 

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I've read about a similar problem before-turns out the bellhousing was offset, has to get offset "pins" to mount in the block to line the bellhousing up correctly. Not sure how to check for that though.

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I've used the same roller pilot bearing for many miles without fail so I don't think that is the problem.

I do know that it is highly recommended to center the aftermarket bellhousings(scattershields) to the block or stuff like you are experiencing may happen. You set up a dial indicator on the crank and spin it...then try to get a zero runout(little is acceptable-I don't know the figures, might call Lakewood) off of the inner circumference of the bellhousing. I have not done this yet...but this is the way I understand it. Sounds like your problem too...you use the offset mounting pins to correct the misalignment.

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My question is this...I've heard lots about these offset dowels for the Lakewood setups, but how does one get the old dowels out of the block without pulling the engine and taking it to a machine shop?

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In a pressed fit ZERO tolerance situation like the dowels not wanting to come out. I take a torch and heat till it just turns orange, and grab real good with some vice grips and it should come right out. You can try some penetrating oil first. But that rarely works on this type of stuff.
 

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Just got done aligning my bellhousing and I can tell you that it can be a real pita, but its done right and I know I won't have to wonder about it later. The tolerance is .005". If you still have the directions for the centerforce - they show how to measure and give the tolerances. It also tells you to take a second measurement straight down towards the face of the bellhousing. The tolerance there is .002 . I had no problem punching out the old pins from the back - they come right out. Getting the new ones in and set properly is a different story. If you need offset pins I have a set of .014 offset you can have if thats what you need. I guessed wrong on the first set and had to buy .007 offsets.

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