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1973 Gremlin Project.... "The Demise of Sanity"

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I got it out with out too many scrapes and chips...


Had to make a few tools...


If it wasn't for the cherry picker, I couldn't of done it...


Conclusion...
This sucked some serious A$$…!!!
Do not do one in a street car, maybe big bodied cars are different, I don't know. There isn't enough room for removal if you have to get to the clutch for any reason. My hands look like they've been in a bar room brawl and my body feels like it too.
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DING-DING-DING-DING..!!! 
WE HAVE A WINNER..!!! 
Speaking of "dings".. some ding put the clutch plate in backwards. 
It was jammed in the recess of the flywheel.  
And I'm not going to put that scatter shield back in either. 
This is a street car and not a race car. 
Next one will be a race car. That's if I ever get this one done. Ouch
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fluffy73 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/14/2020 at 6:22pm
Good on ya for figgering it out.  What a pain.

Since my collection of junk has mostly been Hornets and Gremlins (small-body cars) I have this collection of about 9, 3/8"-drive, 10-inch long extensions. Snap a half dozen of them together, and, with the trans. cross member out and the back of the engine sagging down;  you can use this collection of tools to get up into the trans. tunnel and undo all the bolts.  All the extensions move the ratchet way back and down so you have enough room to swing it or, use a cordless impact.  It's a pain, but the bolts cannot be reached from the top like the big body cars.
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Yes.. This has been quite the pain. A simple mistake that has cost me.
I was able to get to the very top bolts from under, but I had to break them free from the top. If you notice the socket, I had to grind it down quite a bit to get on to those top 2 bolts out. If I had known, I would of used a smaller headed bolt. What happened is that the top 2 bolts were too close to the scatter shield and I was unable to get any normal socket on them. As where a couple of other bolts on the side.
The wrenches that I had to heat and bend were used to get the top 2 bolts broke loose. Had to drop the passenger side header down and out of the way to get to one bolt. Ruined my Remflex gasket and had to purchase a couple more. They say that you can reuse them, but not in my case. When I dropped the header out of the way, part of the gasket was stuck and came with the header. I couldn't drop the back of the motor too far or it would of damaged the paint on the firewall so that made things a little more tight.
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The alignment dowels should be on the engine, not on the bell. But if those holes aren't right, things won't work. Of course it was the backwards clutch disc that caused your problem, so it's a moot point. As you say, you're not going to be doing any 5000 rpm launches, so the factory bell should be fine. I've seen people use allen headed bolts with a scatter shield (and maybe the top bolts even with a factory bell), now I know why!
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It seems possible to use a hole saw(1"-2") to make access holes in the floor hump under the dash to reach the BH bolts. I have made access holes in other brand cars to reach bolt heads. My 57 BelAir has a factory cover plate that exposes the BH bolts that came in handy when I installed a TKO600. I then used a Browell BH alignment tool to make sure the the crankshaft was inline with the TKO input shaft. The Browell only tells you if the concentric alignment is good to go. It will not tell you what offset dowells are required to align. Easier to use than a dial indicator while under a car but not as thorough. See photos
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