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Re: Whats the secret to putting the trans back on the engine??

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Subject: Re: Whats the secret to putting the trans back on the engine??
From: Max Heim <>
Date: Thu, 12 Aug 1999 10:40:31 -0700
Well, I don't know that there is a secret. Sometimes it just slides on in 
there, and other times it's a real bear.

If the engine is on a hoist it would be helpful if you adjusted it so it 
hangs perfectly level, so that the rear face is vertical (you may need to 
set it down and readjust the chain). Then you might want to prop up the 
trans on blocks and shim it so that its front face is vertical, and then 
lower the engine until the height matches. Then just move the engine, and 
keep the trans stationary (hard to align two moving objects). If it's 
giving you problems, it's best to treat it as a NASA docking maneuver, 
taking measurements, using a carpenter's square, moving it a little bit 
at a time, etc. If it still won't mate, turn the shaft a tiny amount and 
try again. 

I have found it's very difficult to maintain the required precision 
alignment when struggling with heavy objects (although occasionally you 
get lucky); so that's why I'm recommending taking the time to carefully 
suppport and line up everything as much as possible beforehand, and then 
going slow.

Hope this helps. had this to say:

>im putting a new Borg& beck clutch on my 76 b i used a alingment tool & 
>had a 
>friend help me manuver the trans the engine is on a hoist. I took it apart & 
>redid the alignment still wont slide. It seams to be a very tight fit any 
>76 b for sale real cheap at the moment!


Max Heim
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
If you're near Mountain View, CA,
it's the red one with the silver bootlid.

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