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    Saturday I had planned to drop in my motor into Oscar my truck. My good buddy Warren Webb generously offered to come over and help me out. Two extra hands are ALWAYS nice on a big job like that. Couple that with a very experience work partner in the nuances of Studes...WIN/WIN for me.
    Well turns out it is a good thing I did. The manual says absolutely nothing about checking the "run out" of the crank to bell housing in the Engine section of the manual. It does however describe the process in the Transmission section.
    Well I have done nothing to the trans other than drain and flush the trans and put in fresh oil. I never thought of reading the manual on that section.
    We are getting close to dropping in the motor and Warren says "did you check the runout?"
    "The what?"
    Well I was missing one locating pin...but no biggie right? Wrong. We pull the bell housing and mount it up and borrow a dial indicator....she is about 0.085" out of spec with only 0.006" as the magic number....OH MAN.
    We thouroughly clean all surfaces and use a 2" fiber disc on a die grinder to really clean everything. I go inspect the old 232 and find that the missing pin is burried in the block. We drift punch out the pin try it again. After a bit of massaging and tapping we get it down into the 0.010" ish range. I am comfortable with that { I am sure all of you purist, alarmist are crindging} but 0.004-.0005" is very miniscule on a 63 year old customized truck and I am sure many cars out there are much more than that.
    Have it not been for Warren and me asking me if I had done that and then searching all over the manual until we found the spec I would be running Oscar with 0.075" TOO much and that could quickly have cost me a trans.
    This is why just having a manual is not always the answer, it is having a place like this as a resource that can make all of the difference in the world.
    So in summary....THANK YOU WARREN !!!
    And thank you all for the input on all of my stupid questions and indulging me even when the answer may be somewhere, but human input is often SO much better.
    Kelly

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    My personal feelings about this is that you'll be OK. The automatics are less forgiving in that the flex plate can crack and shear if it's not within specs.
    No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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    • #3
      I am quite sure it will be fine. I have never had a problem and Most other cars I have not seen this in a manual to do, so I think it is close enough.
      You sir are one guy that I am saying thank you too...

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      • #4
        Well Kell, I've only ever heard of Studebaker matching EACH individual block to it's OWN bellhousing. Go figure. But that's just what they did.
        No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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        • #5
          I am just really happy to have had some experienced help there to catch the issue. Installing it at 0.010"-0.011" is TONS better than I would have installed it in at 0.085". This is a great place.

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          • #6
            one way to tell if you've got an acceptable "dial-in" with your standard shift truck engine is to descend a fairly steep grade in 2nd gear, at ~/>20 mph, foot off accelerator, and see if it pops out of gear.....if it doesn't-you're in good shape...if it does, you might not be dialed in correctly....or....you may have tranny issues. Did you rebuild the tranny ? If not, its a moot point ......GL

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            • #7
              No, I did not rebuild the tranny....yet anyway. It checked out fine, at least without tearing into it, it works through all of the gears good and turns smoothly with the rear wheels off the ground. OD engages and disengages {at least the free wheeling part, havent put electricity to the solenoids yet}.
              Thanks for the heads up on the test procedure. I will try that as soon as I get him fired up...well, after I put the rad in and exhaust gets done and a few other bits...
              I just want to hear that motor PURRR....or BURRRRBBLLEEE

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