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T/10
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 16
posted September 19, 2002 04:06 AM
Can anyone tell me what I need to put a bert trans behind a small ford? I now have stock trans. with triple disc,stock flex plate, steel bell housing, everything is ford. Thanks for any help.

Tom Asmus
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 161
posted September 19, 2002 07:37 PM
Pending on which way you want to go. One thing you need is the coupler that bolts to the back of the crank. Then you can either use a scatter shield or buy the bellhousing that bert or brinn sells for a Ford, a drawback about that is you have to use one of those highdollar starters they sell for that bellhousing. If you use the scatter shield you have to use a flexplate so then you can use a Ford mini starter. I am changing my mod over the winter months to a Bert tranny and I too run a Ford powerplant!

PJay72
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 11
posted September 19, 2002 09:59 PM
Don't forget that Bert doesn't make a stock balanced fly wheel for a ford. Your engine has to be internally balanced to use the Bert stuff! A stock balanced motor has to use the a stock starter, bellhousing and flexplate.

ford5
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 221
posted September 20, 2002 05:50 AM
T\10, here's what you do, take a stock ford bellhousing, take your bert trans, from towers and harwood you can buy an adaptor ring, this will take up the difference in the diameters of the frt brg retainer, or nose cone as some call it, if you are handy tho...you can do as we do, aluminum weld up the edge of your retainer, and turn it back to size in a lathe, then center your trans on the bellhousing and you can redrill your bolt holes to match up, there will be a spot where you will have to weld up and then redrill, as there is not enuff material there to work with. where are you from? if you were interested, you could send me your bell housing and brg retainer and i would gladly make the necessary changes for you , as we here have done this many times with great success, it is good cheap way to make it work, you can also run your stock flexplate and starter stuff, still have to buy the drive hub from a supplier, i get mine from towers and harwood they are 77 dollars i think. .............hope this helps you .ford5

ford5
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 221
posted September 20, 2002 05:55 AM
i just reread your post T\10, if you are using a steel bellhousing it should be easy to redrill and adapt even if you have to put nuts on the inside it still works good, the whole secret is to make sure it is centered. like i said earlier towers and harwood sell an adaptor ring no machine work required, i think its around 30 dollars.........ford5

Tom Asmus
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 161
posted September 20, 2002 05:43 PM
But if your gonna run a good tranny like a BERT, spend the money on the bolt on pieces. Dont make the parts, that may cost you not makin a race!

ford5
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 221
posted September 20, 2002 07:50 PM
hasnt yet! we raced two to three times a week here and NEVER had a problem concerning the trans bellhousing or starter

[This message has been edited by ford5 (edited September 20, 2002).]

T/10
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 16
posted September 20, 2002 08:04 PM
I have a new lakewood bell housing it has 2 sets of mounting holes for the trans not sure what the other bolt pattern is for. Can you tell me how to contact towers an harwood. Thanks for your help.

ford5
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 221
posted September 20, 2002 08:24 PM
you have it made T\10 the other set of holes will fit your bert, you only need the adapter ring i dont have towers and harwoods no. here at home with me i have it at my shop. will get it for you if you want tho.... they are located in Manhattan KS. real nice guys to deal with, Rick will be glad to help you.

ford5
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 221
posted September 23, 2002 05:49 PM
T\10, i have the no. you want..........785-537-4100, this is towers and harwood

T/10
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 16
posted September 23, 2002 08:56 PM
Thanks everyone for your help. SE MO is where I run. Thanks again good luck.

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