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?
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.