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« on: January 18, 2011, 03:38:19 PM »

Going through my flexplates and I came across a plate with a 42 stamping on it.. On the other side of the part is a 1/2" dowel pin I guess there to mate  the crank flange  and the plate.
Have a few T350 flexplates and this is the only one with the dowel pin.. When did they stop coming out with this feature??  Hoping it is common to a '68 396 L35 engine.. Has overspray on it,  could this be from GM as they painted  the engine / transmission assembly??
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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2011, 01:24:21 PM »

Automatic-transmission engines were painted with the flexplate in place, so some orange overspray is possible; the transmission wasn't added until much later, at the car assembly plant.

Got a photo of the 1/2" dowel pin in place?
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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2011, 08:03:59 PM »

It's a comin' real soon.  Just got to get me fine lady to gimme a hand in down loading the  pics eh.
 Kinda interesting as this dowel thingy is about a half inch from the ring gear and is about 1/2 inch in diameter.. No way a crank flange is that large..
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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2011, 08:21:11 PM »

Here they are John!! 
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« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2011, 08:24:32 PM »

Here is the one that was omitted - a closeup of the dowel thingy.
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« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2011, 08:53:45 PM »

Weight? is it from a 400?
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« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2011, 02:11:35 AM »

Possible it was from a T400 but, it does not ring a bell so to speak. Number 42 on it could lead me in right direction but no one yet has stepped up..  Just picked up a copy of Colvin's Corvette by the Numbers 1955 - 1982 and on pg. 114, the imprint of the crank flange on the flex plate looks an awful lot like the 327 flange for  1962 - 1967.
Guess we gonna have to wait for Mr. John Z to help . . .
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« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2011, 09:39:02 AM »

Isn,t  the 400 small block externally balanced? I think the flex plate and harmonic balancer do it.
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« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2011, 11:42:28 AM »

Thing is, I never had a 400ci with a crank such as the imprint on the flexplate which is the same as a small journal unit from 1962-67..  Anyone else seen a balance weight such as the one pictured on a T350 or T400 plate?  What does the coding number 42 mean?
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« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2011, 01:28:51 PM »

The offset weight on a 400 flywheel or flexplate was MUCH larger than the "dowel" on that flexplate, which appears to be simply a projection-welded production balancing weight. Don't know what the "42" is.
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« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2011, 08:07:11 PM »

Another odd one is the GMC V6.
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« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2011, 06:34:34 AM »

The original engine for that flexplate could be long-gone by now and most likely is.. What would happen if I put that plate and a balancer together on an engine other than the long-gone one.?

Thing I do not understand is why would they apply the production welded balance weight to the flexplate that allready had  3 balance holes on it??

Did GM balance specific parts that would be working together before engine assembly??

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« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2011, 05:25:19 PM »

The original engine for that flexplate could be long-gone by now and most likely is.. What would happen if I put that plate and a balancer together on an engine other than the long-gone one.?

Thing I do not understand is why would they apply the production welded balance weight to the flexplate that allready had  3 balance holes on it??

Did GM balance specific parts that would be working together before engine assembly??

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There are no other "balance holes" on that flexplate. All rotating parts were specified to be neutral-balanced (except on 400's and 454's, which were externally-balanced, and on one-piece rear seal 350's, which used an offset-weighted flywheel/flexplate).
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« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2011, 09:24:09 PM »

Good evening John!!
Please advise what the (3) indentures are on the flexplate at  the 3 o'clock position in pics 1 and 2 - i.e. same photo. 
Just saw an ORIGINAL  maybe 66 Vette go over the block at BJ and the $$ it brought.. Was completely original down to some paint imperfection(s) on psgr door.  I'd rather see machines like that in their innocence than re-done re-painted to the max units.
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« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2011, 11:23:05 AM »

Good evening John!!
Please advise what the (3) indentures are on the flexplate at  the 3 o'clock position in pics 1 and 2 - i.e. same photo.

I have no idea what those indentations are, but they don't affect balance.
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