If you would, tell me about your drivetrain, bellhousing on back. Especially the McLeod hydraulic release bearing and what modifications had to be done for that. Which clutch did you go with? What transmission are you using, etc.
sorry I missed your post. No modifications that don't bolt up. Billet flywheel. McLeod duel disk clutch 1000+ hp. Mcleod hydraulic T/O bearing. American Powertrain SFI bell housing, I polished it. Tremec TKO 600 with the higher first gear option (because of my torque) and the lower overdrive option. I have 128 rear end gear options with my 4:11 ring and pinion that I can change in 10 minutes. Custom shifter and about $800 worth of internal upgrades that I don't understand. I will be running a carbon fibre driveshaft for weight and mostly to take some of the shock off the rear end. The Frankland factory (thanks Fred) made me a custom quick change with a Gleason Torsen diff. I'm running leaf springs with a Bicknell adjustable torque arm with triple biscuit and panhard bar, sway bar. Sorry so long. Thank you for your time.
It's painted Firethorn Red Pearl from the Restoration Shop. I used a rotary shaft grinder and smoothed the casting and used a 2K epoxy primer. I made little spacers to hold the bolts away from the case so I could paint under the bolt heads. I used a Fuji 5 stage turbine paint system. I also replaced all the bolts with ARP polished stainless bolts just because they are pretty and I'm weird.
Thanks! Hopefully, I can make the McLeod throw out bearing work with the mid- 50's bellhousing. I'm guessing, if the GM Tremec fits, save a spacer to move it back a touch, the T/O should also work. The previous owner had McLeod make him a billet flywheel for the 302, but from what I've read, only a 10" will fit in there, not an 11". Best I can figure, they took a BBC blank and drilled it for the 302 crank.
I'm guessing McLeod was a sponsor or they knew each other from his racing days because the previous owner had a ton of McLeod stuff in most of his hotrods. Some of the stuff he threw at me for a build. We had to machine down the trans mount plate to get the proper pilot shaft depth. Really nice clutch and T/O set up, along with the motor plate and bellhousing.
Be careful with stainless hardware, SS tends to gall.
It boggles the mind how fast that can happen. The first time it happened to me I was replacing the toilet in my sailboat and one of the 3/8" hold down bolt and nut seized and it was only 2/3rds of the way tight. It was a nightmare to cut out down in that little space. Now I put some coating on all my bolts. I really like the stick form of anti seize, blue and red that Loctite has. I asked a rep. at the Loctite booth at PRI what to do if I wanted to blue or red Loctite a SS bolt because it needed anti-seize? He told me blue and red Loctite also works as an anti-seize.