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304 Bell Housing Plate, Necessary?

Discussion in 'Intermediate CJ-5 and CJ-6 Tech' started by fesser, Apr 18, 2018.

  1. Apr 18, 2018
    fesser

    fesser Napa, CA Sponsor

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    Do I need the flat steel plate that goes up against the block and gets sandwiched between the block and the bell housing? As you may have guessed, mine is sitting on the shelf, where I forgot it, and the trans is all bolted up nice. I suspect I will be tearing it apart again, but wanted to see if it has a real purpose.
     
  2. Apr 18, 2018
    RustNeverJeeps?

    RustNeverJeeps? having a come apart

    Lake of the Ozarks
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    Bellhousing separator plate

    "Need" is subjective.

    "YES" - it indexes the starter and the engineers at Jeep (and elsewhere) decided it was a good idea to use one... why would you second guess them?
    "NO" the starter bolts into place anyway and the gear won't be in a significantly different location without it. Many engine/bell units didn't use one until later on in production (like the FORD FE engines)

    Me? I'd pull it apart and put it in. ...Otherwise it would cause catastrophic failure of my paranoia.
     
  3. Apr 18, 2018
    jpflat2a

    jpflat2a what's that noise?

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    Do the job once.
    Do the job right.
     
  4. Apr 18, 2018
    fesser

    fesser Napa, CA Sponsor

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    Rats. Thanks guys. I know you are right. I was just hoping...
    I will take it apart, again.
     
  5. Apr 19, 2018
    DrDanteIII

    DrDanteIII All work and no jeep makes jack a dull boy Sponsor

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    Hmmmm. My Jeep has never had one, so I never knew it was missing
     
  6. Apr 19, 2018
    turbogus

    turbogus Member

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    Hmmm, I remember having a 40 bolt scattershield on my '66 Chevy Malibu, I didn't know Jeep CJ's had 'em too.
     

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