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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-22-2003, 09:52 PM
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seperator plate, ??!! I should know!!!

What happens if you don't run the aluminum seperator plate between the bellhousing and block.(both cast iron).
it's a starter depth engagment thing!

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Re: seperator plate, ??!! I should know!!!

The starter bolts onto the block, doesn't it? So that plate wouldn't have any affect on the starter depth. Leaving it out will move the transmission input shaft that much deeper into the pilot bushing.

Also, isn't that plate a shield to keep stuff out of the bell housing? I think it mates with a smaller plate that comes up from below and covers the bottom of the flywheel. Also, on my '78 it's steel, not aluminum.

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Re: seperator plate, ??!! I should know!!!

I can only speak for the AMC V8 to TH400 but on those the starter is mounted to the transmission. And yes, mine is steel too.
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Re: seperator plate, ??!! I should know!!!

He forgot to mention that he's working on a 5.0 ford. The starter bolts to the bellhousing. But between the motor and trans is a thin aluminum inspection plate that seems to get lost every time.

If you have the inspection plate, you can cut from the center hole up to the top (wide enough to get around the crankshaft. Then it's possible to unbolt the engine and transmission just enough to slide it up into place. That is the route I went. I thought about leaving it out, but it leaves the bottom of the flywheel and bellhousing open for mud. Not to mention your starter will sound A LOT louder.

Been there.... done that....
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