Author Topic: 46RH (A518) Conversion project  (Read 19838 times)

Offline Rickf1985

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Re: 46RH (A518) Conversion project
« Reply #300 on: May 20, 2019, 03:05 PM »
So refresh my memory, why didn't you go with a 47RH? I am thinking incompatible bolt pattern? I can't believe that Advance or Novak doesn't have an adapter plate for that setup since it is a really strong overdrive tranny. I would be wary of an adapter that bolts to the pump bolts. Seems like that is kind of sketchy. The pump bolts are only designed to hold the pump in with no rotational force on them to speak of and the bell housing has massive rotational torque on it. I guess if they race them it is a proven design......................... I don't know though.

Offline Froggy1936

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Re: 46RH (A518) Conversion project
« Reply #301 on: May 20, 2019, 05:15 PM »
Yep really hate redoing anything, I had that with the slow fluid leak right after overhaul and installation with mine , And also not cheap. I questioned you on the mounting of the new bell housing , Looking at things . Using the Frt pump bolts seemed suspect ? Did you Pull the pump and renew the O Ring ? Or just install the bell housing ? Do they use the original bolts Or are the longer ? How about some picture,s this time so we can get a better idea of what you are doing . We want to offer any expertise we have so you do not have to do it a third time   Frank
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Offline Sasquatch

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Re: 46RH (A518) Conversion project
« Reply #302 on: May 20, 2019, 11:42 PM »
I did not go with the 47RH because I felt that with the gearing a lockup TC would drop the engine speed too far.  Second was the additional circuitry to make OD and Lockup work.


Using the pump bolts is just fine.  They have longer bolts and O-rings to seal them.  Many drag racers with tons more power have been using these bellhousings for years. 


I found my problem.  I missed one small area getting the transmission case ground down enough holding the bellhousing off the pump just enough to leak like a sieve. 


So I will do some more clean up tomorrow, install new o-rings and try again.

Online tmsnyder

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Re: 46RH (A518) Conversion project
« Reply #303 on: May 21, 2019, 07:16 AM »
You have a lot of admirers on here Sasquatch!  I'm pretty amazed by the conversion personally.

Offline Froggy1936

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Re: 46RH (A518) Conversion project
« Reply #304 on: May 21, 2019, 11:40 AM »
Pictures of the problem would help us understand the situation better, Good Luck, with we hope final repair , Yes We admire anyone who has the guts to reengineer anything To get the results they want ,Even though there is a lot of redo,s for fitment It is extremely satisfying when you succeed ! Frank
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Re: 46RH (A518) Conversion project
« Reply #305 on: May 21, 2019, 06:48 PM »




The problem was that there was a collision between the new bellhousing and a bit of the existing case that I had not shaved down enough.  Some mill work cured that.  Did some test fits with some putty on the contact points and got it to mate properly.  Added some new o-rings, sealant, teflon washers and got it bolted back up.  Just got the transmission mated to the engine and some bolts started.  Taking a break before diving back under the coach to get it all bolted up.


Here is a comparison shot of the new high torque mini starter vs. the boat anchor OEM one.





Back to the salt mines.  I am getting too old for this crap.

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Re: 46RH (A518) Conversion project
« Reply #306 on: May 26, 2019, 12:40 AM »
She is finally back together, driving fine, and keeping all her fluids to herself.  She is fine on the test drive.

Offline Rickf1985

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Re: 46RH (A518) Conversion project
« Reply #307 on: May 26, 2019, 08:51 AM »
Here's hoping!

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Re: 46RH (A518) Conversion project
« Reply #308 on: May 26, 2019, 01:00 PM »
Fingers crossed!

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Re: 46RH (A518) Conversion project
« Reply #309 on: May 27, 2019, 10:35 AM »
The only concern I still have is that when I drained the pan, there was a small amount of debris in it (had about 1200 miles on it since the last rebuild).  Some of the black sludge stuff and a few aluminum flakes.  I am trying hard to convince myself that this is just leftovers from the multiple transmission burn downs that hid in various parts of the transmission (like the Torque Converter) and did not get fully cleaned out.  The transmission had completely ate itself 4-5 times for pete's sake.  I would also like to believe that there will be some "wear in" of all the new clutch plates as well.  The fluid was bright red and clear, and still smelled new though.  Time will tell.  Logic dictates that with the cool running temps of the transmission now that there is very little internal friction, so there should be no problems.




Offline Froggy1936

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Re: 46RH (A518) Conversion project
« Reply #310 on: May 27, 2019, 07:14 PM »
The amount you mention is pretty much normal , It,s not a hospital surgery room , There will be dirt and metal . Everytime you look . I think it,s time to forget about it and enjoy !  Best Wishes on a trouble free ride for years  :)clap to come ! Frank
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