Do I have to pull the rear back to get the HH in Place? Fritz
take the four bolts out of and move back the u-joint bellcover. I found it will get in the way if you don't.
Thanks ,Royce,the flange is dangling but the flange
on the bearing is not movable with the drive shaft
ball against it.I checked my pan for being straight
when I assembeled the engine.The HH is touching the gasket in the front but also against the back of the block and the rear is sitting on the bearing flange. Fritz
Try the other approach, by letting the hogshead drop onto the 4th main just before it slips down against the rear of the block.
It is a trick, but it will go back in place just as it came off.
For me the way to secure the clutch ring is with a zip tie, that keeps the clutch shaft from swinging, so I grab that shaft and align the ring, with the left hand, and then grabbing the right side of the hogshead with the right hand, in the inspection hole, .... then slip the rear down first, and at the same time the front edge of the hogshead goes past the block. Prior to placing, a bit of a smack with a wood block against the 4th main will move it back just a tad. That will give you the little wiggle room you need, of course, with all 4 bolts removed from the universal.
I like to cut that gasket at the 4th main in half, and glue just the upper half to the 4th main when just placing only the hogshead in the car.
fuzzy pic of the zip tie securing the floppy ring.
eased on down, dang that iron is heavy....I need a brass car with alum hogshead
Dan has the right idea, i slipped the back in first than a few little love taps with a rubber mallet back and forth on the top and she popped right on.
Fritz, fitting the hogshead is a bear of a job and anything you can do to help it is worthwhile. If you can pull the rear axle assembly back a bit, [ I use a ratchet tie down] you will be able to slide the 4th main cup back a bit. This will give you more clearance and less hassles keeping the gasket intact. They all seem to vary a bit. On some cars I have even had to remove the exhaust manifold to get the cover to go down.
Hope this helps.
Allan from down under.