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#1

I am putting in a new clutch in the 88TC and have a pilot bearing question for you. I have a Chiltons for the car and in there they mention that the pilot bearing gets installed with the "seal" side towards the transmission, my new roller pilot bearing does not look like it has a seal. Was this a ford only part that had one, or is the seal so small I cannot see it with the grease that is smeared on it? Also, what depth should the bearing be installed from the flat of the crank? Should it be bottomed out all the way in? Or just a little past the bevel? Manual doesn't specify. Thanks
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#2

All the needle pilot bearings that I've seen do indeed have a seal incorporated into the sheetmetal "cage" on one end. They're very thin/narrow and - if you're not familiar with 'em - you might not even recognize 'em as "seals".   <shrug> They're designed to keep clutch dust and other contaminants outta the permanently lubed needles. If yours doesn't have one.....I suggest getting one that does.
Placerville, California
(former)  '78 2.3T Courier w/blow-thru Autolite 2bbl carb ~ (current)  '87 2.3T Ranger w/PiMP’d EFI
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#3

Thanks Ray, I did look at it closer and it does have an o ring in it, and I will l install it facing the transmission. How far does it need to be installed, all the way to bottom it out, or just past the crank bevel leaving a gap behind it? Last time I did a pilot bushing in a car it was the old type oiled bronze ones in my Galaxie, which gets bottomed out.
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(07-20-2021, 12:19 AM)Kuch Wrote:  How far does it need to be installed?

......the old type oiled bronze ones in my Galaxie....gets bottomed out.

WHAT? You didn't pay attention to the depth of the one you took out??? LOL......I don't know, probably about midway between bottomed and flush with the leading edge of the hole.

BTW......I've installed plenty of those full-diameter bronze/Oilite bushings in the old FE motors, but there's a newer replacement that's basically a same-size bushing, but with a needle bearing pressed into the center.  <thumbup>
Placerville, California
(former)  '78 2.3T Courier w/blow-thru Autolite 2bbl carb ~ (current)  '87 2.3T Ranger w/PiMP’d EFI
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#5

Thanks Ray. Good to know about the FE replacement, but I don't expect to be doing the clutch in my 390 4 speed car any time soon. Those Toploaders are heavy. Love those FE's!
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