<VV> Balancer replacement

Ron ronh at owt.com
Fri Oct 14 23:31:23 EDT 2005

Is that puller sold by any of the vendors?


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Padgett" <pp2 at 6007.us>
To: <virtualvairs at corvair.org>
Sent: Friday, October 14, 2005 7:37 PM
Subject: <VV> Balancer replacement

> Just installed the rebuilt Dale balancer and it was an interesting 
> experience. Did not want to drop everything so invested in one of the 
> BlueChip ( Bluechipmach at aol.com) - double meanings are popular - balancer 
> pullers.  Rubber was extruding from the old balancer and while it did not 
> look too bad (http://padgett.ws/files/hb.jpg ) I felt better replacing.
> Had a few people reconmmend using a steering wheel puller but suspect that 
> would have been futile, the Blue Chip is *exactly* the right size to 
> remove the balancer (I needed every thread), and the thick disk to fit 
> over the end of the crankshaft is not something you would find just 
> anywhere.
> I used the "attach a long wrench and hit with a hammer" method to remove 
> the bolt and it worked very well. I would suggest moving to TDC before 
> removing to orient the woodruff key up (at about 1 o'clock) and visible. 
> As mentioned the last turn of the big remover bolt is when the wheel came 
> off.
> Smeared the enclosed green Locktite on the first inch of the new wheel and 
> gently maneuvered into position and on far enough to be firm. Since you 
> cannot see through the hub I was being very gentle not to dislodge the 
> key. Was on far enough by hand to start the main bolt & proceeded to pul 
> into place. Could get about 90 degrees on each tighten since had moved the 
> vacuum advance out of the way but boy howdy that took a lot of turns.
> When tight I used the manual impact method to tighten then verified it was 
> at least 45 ft-lbs as in the Dale instructions with a 3/8 torque wrench 
> and a 3/4 crowsfoot (540 in-lb = 45 ft-lb and was near the limit of my 3/8 
> but no way a 1/2" wrench would fit). If you install the belt first I could 
> hold it tight enough to keep the engine from turning while torqueing.
> Moved the distributor back and set to 8 degrees static. Fired engine, 
> checked for any wobble (none) & put tools away. About an hour and a half 
> end-to-end (am very slow). Was surprised the balancer did not just loosen 
> and then pull off, was moderately tight all the way off and all the way 
> on.
> So the Blue Chip puller is certainly worth the price if the engine is in 
> the car and you want to keep it that way.
> Padgett
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