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    Default bolting up driveline almost impossible...

    i have a 78 tahiti with the 3 point mount, where the bellhousing sits on my panther pump... ive tried bolting up the driveline and THEN dropping it in but it wouldnt slide onto the spline... i tried wiggling it like crazy, etc.

    unbolted the driveline and put it onto the pump, then dropped the motor in... now i have like a 2"x4" window to get the bolts in... impossible. my hands look like hell. finally i got tired and drilled some holes and opened up the window a little bigger for my hands to fit. still no luck.


    how in the hell are u guys dropping in your motors and hooking up the driveline? im about 2 seconds away from buying a plate/stringer mount and getting rid of that stupid 3 point.
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    Stringer/Plate mount is so much easier you wont regret it, however, when I had the Panther, I would bolt the driveline on the flywheel and then line it up and slide the driveline in at the same time as I was lower the motor in. A royal PITA but it worked.

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    I've always done it myself, never had that much difficulty...driveline pre bolted to flexplate/engine...hanging level from an engine hoist/cherry picker > ease it down > with slight backward pull on the engine from the hoist...twist the pump shaft to accept the drive...once it's engaged (by hand) it's a matter of more backward pull on the engine hoist while lowering/aligning the engine further then >>> it slips right in.
    NOTE...if this is a new install you MUST allow some clearance between the pump shaft end and the inside of the drive. I mock it up with a 1/4" magnet in the drive yoke, set the front mounts for location, then remove the magnet.
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    Boat is looking good! If you bring it to the shop I can use the A-frame hoist and to make it easier to get the mount on. It's a bitch without lifting the engine....
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    If you had trouble getting it to slide on the splines did you try rotating it? I have noticed that if it wont slide, rotate it a qtr. turn and try it again until it slides on. It's almost like the splines have a slight wear pattern....
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    i was worried that i never tried actually putting the driveline onto the spline to test it out, so i pulled it out, and just test fit it, it slid on like it was nothin. i guess i gotta keep at it. its just getting the driveline lined up, the exhaust in, and the little rubber piece around the pump to stay in place, and then the motor mounts lined up to get the bolts in. only like 20 things need to all line up.

    ill try again next weekend. got rained out today.
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    I bet it drops right in first..maybe second try
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    Quote Originally Posted by ka0tyk View Post
    i was worried that i never tried actually putting the driveline onto the spline to test it out, so i pulled it out, and just test fit it, it slid on like it was nothin. i guess i gotta keep at it. its just getting the driveline lined up, the exhaust in, and the little rubber piece around the pump to stay in place, and then the motor mounts lined up to get the bolts in. only like 20 things need to all line up.

    ill try again next weekend. got rained out today.
    Remove the exhaust this will reduce your headache! They can go on after the install of the motor! WT


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