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Unread 11-05-2013, 08:25 PM   #1
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Willys pickup-front driveshaft hits

On my Willys pickup (somewhere between 1956-1959) someone shoehorned in a BIG gm v8! There is an Advance Adapter between the trans and the bellhousing. Shifts fine(after new synchros). The yoke on the front driveshaft is loose (or has been loosened) from hitting the edge of the bellhousing. The bellhousing is open on the bottom (I've seen the same on automatic transmissions that use a sheet metal torque converter cover). I know the clearance is not right. What is the correct bellhousing that is usual in the swap? ALSO- with a v8 does everyone's distributor hit the firewall. This was a well used farm truck- if something broke or fell off they just welded it back on.

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Unread 11-20-2013, 09:03 PM   #2
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The early GM bell housings are steel, and wide where the rear engine mounts were located. You can gain clearance by using a smaller fly wheel bell housing, at the lose of clutch strength. what distributor are you running now? There are smaller cap designs than the larger cap HEI's. Ron
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