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Unread 01-21-2015, 11:22 PM   #1
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Bell Crank Outboard Firewall Mount Bent

CJ7 258 T176 Not mine. Trying to help a close friend.

The outboard firewall mounting surface for the bell crank bracket is bent out and is not allowing proper alignment with the inboard bracket on the tub.
Has anyone seen this before?

Background:
Purchased a complete bell crank kit as the one on "Larzaras" was in a bind and nearly unusable. The old BC had no retainer clips and the angle between in and outboard was way out of alignment. Although I went through, and performed, all the incredible instruction here on installation, the new BC kit was of no help.

I found the transmission mount was mounted to the skid plate but not to the transmission. The transmission was completely loose, metal on metal, and the skid plate was completely mis-aligned. After many new parts and hours of reading and implementing your advice the transmission mount and skid plate are properly in place.

Back to the BC. I went through the entire procedure on installation again. Alignment still way off from in to out. Maybe my new brackets are bent. No, 90 degrees both. Then I noticed that the outboard bracket, when installed, was not 90 degrees with the firewall and was preventing connection to the inboard bracket without putting everything in a bind. The firewall mounting surface was bent causing the bracket to lean outboard.

Anyone seen this before?

With the state of the transmission/skid plate I can imagine violent things happening under load. Is it unreasonable to think the mounting surface being bent when the bell housing shifted under load?

Apologies for the documentary. Thank you for reading and any advice you might want to pass along.

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Unread 01-22-2015, 05:37 AM   #2
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No doubt it occurred when the drivetrain was flopping around. The big question is how are you planning of repairing it? BFH?
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Unread 01-22-2015, 07:29 AM   #3
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Swap to a hydro clutch. Problem solved.
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Unread 01-22-2015, 09:07 AM   #4
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No doubt it occurred when the drivetrain was flopping around. The big question is how are you planning of repairing it? BFH?
My torch and welder are 200 miles away but I do have the hammer and I'm not afraid to use it. Discretion being the better part of valor. Thanks for the input
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Unread 01-22-2015, 09:11 AM   #5
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Swap to a hydro clutch. Problem solved.
Friend is on a very limited budget. The mechanic, fabricator, and Jeep whisperer is working for coffee and cookies. Thanks for the input the thought has crossed my mind many times during this adventure.
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Unread 01-22-2015, 05:11 PM   #6
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Does your friend's Jeep have a body lift?
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Unread 01-23-2015, 10:15 AM   #7
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Sorry for the delay 5 miles to WiFi or data cover for phone. No body lift. I did find the problem it was a good size dent outboard of the mount behind the filter canister. Applied BH and large beater bar. It's not perfect but serviceable. As my father says Boy are you gonna think this thing to death or you gonna fix it
Thank you all for input for a Jeep newb. With so much wrong I'm getting to know Lazarus and Jeeps more than I thought.
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