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Is it easier to install an engine with the bell housing and transmission attached or do each piece separately? I have a good hoist with the load leveler attachment and the hood is removed . It's fresh from the paint shop and I'd hate to screw up that shiny new paint job. BTW, 351W with 4 speed in a 69 FSB. Any suggestions greatly appreciated. Thanks
 
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I just droped my 351 W in my 69 Mach last Friday. I attached the flywheel, disk, pressure plate and bell housing. I went pretty smoothly considering I did not use a leveler like you say you have. It was tight enough though that I would consider doing like I just did (your should be easier since the leveler) and install the tranny from beneath. Much less chance of screwing up new paint. BTW, what was the part number on your starter (was it 3132 from a local place, or did you ahve to order it?)

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With a 4-speed, I put them in with the bellhousing on, and slide the
trans. in after the motor is in. It is not hard to put everything together
after the motor is in though. To put it in whith the bellhousing on, and the
trans., is hard for me without scratch up stuff. If I was doing it in a car with
a very clean engine campartment paint job, I would put in the motor with the
flywheel and block plate, put on the bellhousing and trans. after the motor was
settled. Setting the motor alone should be fairly easy.

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Putting a Cleveland in a '65 is a lot of fun! I did this by putting
in the motor, and then putting on the block plate, flywheel, clutch,
bellhousing, and trans.

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My vote is putting them in together. I've never used one of them fancy load levelers, just a 2 bolts coming out of the head and a floor jack under the tailshaft of the trani.

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Easier is a relative term...

With the car in the air an adequate amount, stabbing the whole assembly at once is far more efficient and this is how I always do the W on the race car...

Since you have a manual trans, it's a bit easier to stab it seperately (compared to an auto trans) but you still have to lift or jack it up in there and get everything lined up and attached....

Is this a concours car? The only place I've ever scratched anything is a bit on the underside of the tunnel but I'm not particular about those details on the race car...

Compared to the early Pony's, those 69's have cavernous engine compartments...*G*

Good luck with your install...

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