The Original Warlord:Pt.3


there are some issues with the Nerat housing that came up though. first off the top two holes of the bell housing did not line up with the top two bolt bosses ot the rear of the block. I actually had someone at metal mayhem tell me about the problem so i was expecting it to be a real bitch. it actually was not that far off. a few minutes with a die grinder and it was resolved. the guide pins were machined VERY tight but still fit. i had to evenly tighten all 6 housing bolts to press the housing flange to to the block over the guide pins. i may have a terrible time getting it removed after it’s done. the converter spun freely and never bound up at all. installing the converter bolts is done though the starter hole with starter removed. it was actually easy in spite of how it looks, i used arp fasteners and had to hold a nut on the back side of the converter ears. no problem. BUT, i did discover that a stock chevy old iron starter does not fit. i had to use my high torque starter as seen in the picture. it fit excellent and the loop of steel around the nose was clearly a nice feature to help protect the starter.

389637116The oil filter was also somewhat protected by the thick round flange. i used a PH30 FRAM oil filter. it is a little shorter than the PH5 Fram filter but still not as small as that real shorty ac delco oil filter- of which i cannot for the life of me remember the number. if someone knows what i am talking about and the part number please e-mail me i will post it up here for all to see. It is worth mentioning that with a few added holes to the bottom of the bell housing flange a few bracing rods up to the engine motor mount pad area would be no problem at all. and THAT is something definitely worth taking into account for some of you guys. with all the bracing on the market for demo derby, these days, and some beer/ imagination, it is no telling what you could create here!

The teeth of the flex plate clear by as little as an 1/8th of an inch in some spots, but did not require any special clearance. i used a 12″ converter, but Brian claims 389637093a 13″ stock diameter converter will fit. Now when i fit my stock converter in the heads of the front pump bolts lightly scraped the back of the converter, but did not with the 12″. this may be a non issue as the converter does pull back out a bit when bolted to the flex plate, but i didn’t like it. on the JW ultrabell this is a non issue so you be the judge.

i will get some pictures of the whole deal when it is installed. looks like it is headed to the northwoods for installation into a rather rot box lincoln town car.

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