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Putting engine in jeep but CANNOT get it to fit, is not the

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Putting engine in jeep but CANNOT get it to fit, is not the flex plate, it's the engine and bell housing that won't go together. The torque converter is in far enough. Any ideas?
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Jeep
Expert:  Gary replied 4 months ago.

Hi Danny,

Is this the original engine rebuilt, or another motor?

Does it have a pilot (spigot) bearing in the rear of the crankshaft?

Gary

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Another motor. No it has no pilot.
Expert:  Gary replied 4 months ago.

Are you sure the torque convertor is home?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Another motor. No it has no pilot. NO I DO NOT WISH TO GO TO A LIVE PHONE CALL, CAN YOU PLEASE ANSWER?
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Expert:  Gary replied 4 months ago.

Hi Danny,

If the torque convertor is home, the flexplate is on the correct way, there is no pilot bearing in the crank, and dowels line up and fit, what else is left?

One of these has to be wrong.

Gary

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Do you have any other suggestions? My husband used to be a mechanic and knows a lot about working on vehicles but he has never run into this problem. Any help?
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
These have all been checked which is why i am stumped, the engine and the transmission will not come close enough to go together but all of the above seem ok
Expert:  Gary replied 4 months ago.

I have seen others struggle with engine trans fitups, and 9 out of 10 is torque convertor related. Most of these I was the 2nd or 3rd to join in. But we always get them in.

Maybe the snout of the convertor is not lined up with the crank.

How far away from fully home can you get?

Gary

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
About 1/2 inch between engine and bell housing contact
Expert:  Gary replied 4 months ago.

If you cannot see any other interference, it has to be the torque convertor.

This is the same engine as you took out?

I would look at the mounting face of the convertor in relation to the bellhousing, then the amount of the flexplate behind the block.

Have you had a torque convertor in and out before?

Just throwing some ideas.

Gary

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
This is not the same engine, however it is the same flex plate and the same torque converter, and they all line up. Stumped! Thanks for helping, what would you recommend so far?
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Is it possible the motor mounts could be holding the engine and transmission apart?
Expert:  Gary replied 4 months ago.

Well, yes, lets take it off the mounts, and see the engine goes into the trans.

Mounts are last for me, after a few bellhousing bolts.

Gary

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Thank you, ***** ***** that tomorrow...
Expert:  Gary replied 4 months ago.

Hope you sort it tomorrow.

Gary

Expert:  Gary replied 4 months ago.

Hi again,

How did you go with your problem?

I hope my advice has been of assistance to you.

Kind regards

Gary

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
your information was very helpful. Turned out the engine we ordered was for a manual, not an automatic! The piece in the crank shaft was not needed and shouldn't have been there!!! Finally, with son's help took engine out one more time, removed the extra piece and juala! Thanks again
Expert:  Gary replied 4 months ago.

Ok, that's good you have sorted it.

I hope my advice has been of assistance to you.

Kind regards

Gary

Expert:  Gary replied 4 months ago.

Hi again,

Do you need any further help?

I hope my advice has been of assistance to you.

Please rate my service at your earliest convenience.

Kind regards

Gary