posted July 15, 2005 09:24 AM
I did some measuring and here's what I've got:
1) Converter pushed back into tranny. Distance between flexplate and torque converter (TC) lugs: 0.510
2) Converter pushed towards engine, with converter snout(?) buried into crankshaft plate. Distance between flexplate and TC lugs: 0.300
3) Difference: 0.200 or a little less than a 1/4"
So for "spacers", I used a 3/8" (I believe that was the size) nut.
**NOTE: All bolts, washers, and nuts used for this are Grade 8***
Not the most sophisticated, but this should work, correct?
I was initially concerned that using the nut would not provide enough surface area/contact area between the flexplate and the TC lugs. But I reasoned that that's probably not a concern. In other cars I filled the void with washers. And the surface area supplied by a washer is not that much greater than the surface area supplied by a nut.
Plus, just how much load/stress is placed in this area? It would seem most of the load would be a shear load on the bolts between the flexplate and the TC.
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