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    hopefully i can explain this were you can understand it. first i put the shims in then the thrust plate and then the timing gear after i got it started with a rubber mallet i put on the vibration damper/pully hub then the rubber cushion,vibration damper,and other rubber cushion as the shop manual discribes after the second rubber cushion the spacer plate is suposed to go on then the pulley,washers and bolt. when then bolt was torqed the the thrust plate was not touching the shims i figures out that the spacer after the vibration damper was not going over the crank there for not pushing everything far enough on the shaft. but if i drive the gears on with a rubber mallet the end play is good but there is play everything on the shaft. anyway my question is, is the spacer after the vibration damper suposed to go aver the crank and then hold everything tight?
    Kevin Phillips
    Jacksonville,AR

    53 commander

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    I'm not sure I understand your question exactly, and don't have my shop manual handy right now, but please don't use a rubber mallet to put the timing gear on. There is a special tool that will allow you to install the gear without pounding, and there are a few different ways to make a substitute for the special tool. Many people swear by heating the gear and cooling the crankshaft for a slip fit with no tool. I don't know which method is better, but both methods are better than pounding it on with a rubber mallet.

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    • #3
      quote:Originally posted by kpcoupe

      hopefully i can explain this were you can understand it. first i put the shims in then the thrust plate and then the timing gear after i got it started with a rubber mallet i put on the vibration damper/pully hub then the rubber cushion,vibration damper,and other rubber cushion as the shop manual discribes after the second rubber cushion the spacer plate is suposed to go on then the pulley,washers and bolt. when then bolt was torqed the the thrust plate was not touching the shims i figures out that the spacer after the vibration damper was not going over the crank there for not pushing everything far enough on the shaft. but if i drive the gears on with a rubber mallet the end play is good but there is play everything on the shaft. anyway my question is, is the spacer after the vibration damper suposed to go aver the crank and then hold everything tight?
      Do you have a short snout crankshaft or a long snout crankshaft? Did they make both styles? I know there are both short and long crank bolts. Are all the parts you are using compatable?

      Jerry Forrester
      Douglasville, Georgia
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      • #4
        my motor is a 289 out of a 57 silver hawk with power stearing so it has the long crank bolt
        Kevin Phillips
        Jacksonville,AR

        53 commander

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