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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-01-2004, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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Honest guys, I was taking it REALLY easy this weekend and one small rogue rock jumed up and caught me.
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so today I looked under the jeep to see what the clunking is.. and I found that the skid pan has been pushed into the bottom of thetranny.. no biggie there, but the bellhousing has a small crack that I dont think was there yesterday.

I'm thinking stop drill the ends of the crack and pack JB weld into it.
short of TIG welding, any other suggestions? think the jb will do?
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Re: cracked bell housing.. need advice

On a similar note.

the output housing on my TH350 is broke.
I'm getting another.. but suppose its broke too, or doesn't work... will taking it to a machine shop and having it welded up be satisfactory? or do I have to swap the guts into a good case?
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JB will NOT hold it or help anything Chris. (PERIOD) You need to get it welded. I will offer my services free of charge.......all you have to do is kiss some big time brass behind (you are on an airbase [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]) and fly your butt out here with it in hand. Problem solved. [img]images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

But yes, you will have to get it welded before it gets worse. Or the problems will not be pretty in the end. Fix it now.
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Re: cracked bell housing.. need advice

I would have it tig welded. If you guys have a hobby shop out there just roll it up on something like a RTI ramp where you can get to it (and so you don't have to lay on the ground and burn holes in your chest). If you don't maybe you can find a shop that charges hourly to tig and do the same thing. We have a place here that would charge about $20 to do that.

With JB weld being plastic I don't think it would hold up (not on any jeep of yours anyways).

I ran a tig welded one on my old original 3spd for years with no problems.

Looks like you have been having fun with that West coast wheeling. Ricky, Aaron and I rode little buffalo this weekend and they told me you sold your Tj... Still can't believe it damn was that thing nice.
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Dang Chris....2 years I've been wheeling my TJ like we do, and I haven't hit my oil pan or tranny....what were you doing??? Of course, I do have that 1" motor lift, but you're on 37's, with 2" more lift...Wow! I'm sorry I missed it!
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Re: cracked bell housing.. need advice

Here's my picture..
can it just be welded back together?

the only thing I don't wana do is wreck my nice new Novak adapter... seeing as how it cost more then the engine and tranny put together. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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Re: cracked bell housing.. need advice

1. Can it be welded?
2. Yes... however....
3. That lip's got to be restored,
4. And that's going to cost some money,
5. From you're wallet to your machinist.
7. To restore that lip.
8. The transmission may have to come apart,
9. To prevent seal damage from the heat.
10. That's more time and cost.
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I still have that peice.. and its held in place perfectly and in line and everything when an adapater is bolted in place. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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