Bellhousing options for TKO

Bellhousing options for TKO

Joined: February 11th, 2002, 3:43 am

May 31st, 2012, 12:59 am #1

Thinking about upgrading from the stock aluminim TKO bellhousing to something more substantial. Any and all suggestions or cautionary tales welcome.

What I have:
TKO 500 (26 spline input, stock aluminum bellhousing)
McLeod 10.5" clutch
JMC hydraulic clutch setup
long input shaft

Looking at:

Lakewood 15202 (obsolete?)
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/LAK-15202/

Quicktime 6065
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/QTI-RM-6065

McLeod 8660
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/MCL-8660/

Any "gotcha's", tips, tricks, corrections?

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Doug
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Joined: May 20th, 2005, 4:48 pm

May 31st, 2012, 1:26 am #2

RM-6060 or an RM-6065 (SFI).

You'll spend a little more money for one, but they are better made, lighter, and smaller than a Lakewood. Plus, the Lakewood line is slowly going away. Prestolite owns both Quicktime and Lakewood and Lakewood is slowly going away. Some part numbers aren't even available any more.

Brent Lykins
B2 Motorsports, LLC






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Joined: February 11th, 2002, 3:43 am

May 31st, 2012, 5:46 pm #3

Thanks for the input. Looks like the QuickTime is probably the best out there.

I do have a question though... re: dialing in the bellhousing. The QuickTime & McLeod both have the option to be used with either a TKO or T5 so the bore is 'universal', and they come with 2 rings to provide either a 4.850" or 4.910" opening. I was hoping to make life simple and use the Browell alignment tool:



Will this work with the interchangeable rings that come with the bellhousing? IOW, is the 4.850" ring going to be tight enough in the opening so it isn't falling out or 'floating' where I'm left guessing at the clearance?

It may not matter, as I have a possible line on a Lakewood on the cheap. However if that falls through, or if there are going to be major interference issues with the headers (FPA), it's on to plan B.

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Joined: May 20th, 2005, 4:48 pm

May 31st, 2012, 6:05 pm #4

..but the Q/T adapter rings are a snug fit and won't cause any issues with the alignment tool.

Brent Lykins
B2 Motorsports, LLC






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Joined: February 17th, 2004, 11:02 pm

June 1st, 2012, 3:27 pm #5

Thinking about upgrading from the stock aluminim TKO bellhousing to something more substantial. Any and all suggestions or cautionary tales welcome.

What I have:
TKO 500 (26 spline input, stock aluminum bellhousing)
McLeod 10.5" clutch
JMC hydraulic clutch setup
long input shaft

Looking at:

Lakewood 15202 (obsolete?)
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/LAK-15202/

Quicktime 6065
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/QTI-RM-6065

McLeod 8660
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/MCL-8660/

Any "gotcha's", tips, tricks, corrections?

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Doug
I run the Lakewood p/n 15202 SROD scattershield and block plate with the
TKO behind the 351C in my '66 fastback. It works with either 157 or 164
teeth flywheels. As I recall, it is set up for a cable clutch configuration.
I'm running a Mcleod hydraulic throwout bearing (slip-on design) so I made
a sheetmetal plate that caps off the opening that's drilled for the hydraulic
lines to the throwout bearing. I did this many yeas ago and, at the time,
the Lakewood was the only option.

Dan Jones
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June 2nd, 2012, 5:17 pm #6

I run a similar setup to Dan's but opted for an external slave cylinder that I could replace easily if required. I also would have used the QT bell housing but I didn't want to spend that kind of money when I already had a brand new 164 tooth flywheel and clutch.

One note on the QT bell housing is I believe you have to run a 157 flywheel with it, so you will have to get an all new flywheel and clutch setup.


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Joined: May 20th, 2005, 4:48 pm

June 2nd, 2012, 7:04 pm #7

He says he has a 10.5" clutch, which works with most 157T flywheels unless it's something funky.

Brent Lykins
B2 Motorsports, LLC






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June 2nd, 2012, 8:00 pm #8

My 164 tooth flywheel has a duel pattern for 11" and a 10.5". It just depends on what he is running.
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Joined: May 20th, 2005, 4:48 pm

June 2nd, 2012, 8:48 pm #9

Typical late model passenger pivot type deal. Ive never seen one used with a 164t flywheel or a long style pressure plate, although weirder things have been done.

Brent Lykins
B2 Motorsports, LLC






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June 2nd, 2012, 11:33 pm #10

My 164 tooth flywheel has a duel pattern for 11" and a 10.5". It just depends on what he is running.
It is a 157 tooth / 10.5" McLeod clutch setup. We tried it the other way but it was too big for the stock aluminum bellhousing.

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