[ROVERNET - UK] sd1 borg-warner 65 torque converter question

Magnet magnet at roverclub.org
Tue Apr 1 23:18:41 BST 2008

Hi Doug,

I have a BW65 and torque conv from a SD-1 that you can have for free, if 
you want to pick it up.  Near Toronto, Ontario.


Bill Daddis

Toronto Area Rover Club


doug gruber wrote:
> Hello,
> I need to know if it is possible to bench test a removed torque 
> converter from a borg warner 65 trans?  My son ran a stall test 
> following the instructions in his manual and it indicated a possible 
> stator slip problem.
> Here is the history of his project.  He is a 15 year old with some 
> wrenching experience.  His uncle gave him an SD1 with an additional 
> low-mileage engine.  His task was to pull the original engine and 
> replace it with the lower mileage engine.  He did the swap, bolted the 
> flywheel and torque converter to the newer engine, but the flywheel 
> plate bolt heads did not clear the lower portion of the block.  He and 
> I have verified that the newer block does have two recessed sections 
> that are 1/8" thicker than the older block and therefore extend toward 
> the bellhousing and get in the way of the bolt heads trying to pass 
> that area.
> Rather than file away this small amount of the extending surface, he 
> followed someone's advice and placed the flywheel's reinforcement 
> plate on the opposite side of the flywheel.  This plate, mating with 
> the existing spacer, put the flywheel 1/8" toward the transmission and 
> allowed the bolt heads to clear the offending surface.
> He put everything back together, he started and then tuned the engine, 
> but when he took it out for a test drive the transmission did not 
> accelerate the car properly. This lead to the stall test and the idea 
> about the stator problem.  Could the stator have been damaged by the 
> flywheel and torque converter being placed this 1/8" closer to the 
> transmission and possibly causing too much pressure?
> By the way, the transmission worked properly with the other engine 
> before the swap was performed, and my son and his 17 year old SD1 
> owning older brother both say that there is nothing wrong with newer 
> engine.
> Also, we are in the market for a bw 65 trans and torque converter.
> Thanks,
> Doug
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