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Old 12-02-2019, 03:16 PM   #1
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Default Lakewood Bell SFI

I will be running a Jerico after all in my 65 Chevy next year..collecting parts. Concerning a Lakewood Bellhousing does the SFI go out of date..? I noticed Speedway sells a new one for 100 bucks less than Summit/Jegs..makes me wonder? I have access to a used one, don't want to do that.

I know..a Quick Time would be better..but not a Dime rocket..more like a 25 cents rocket..so money went into clutch. Thanks

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Old 12-02-2019, 04:11 PM   #2
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SFI Spec 6.1 5 years
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Old 12-02-2019, 04:32 PM   #3
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Old 12-02-2019, 05:22 PM   #4
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If it was certified to start with you can send it back to Lakewood/Quick time and have it recertified and a window in it for less than 400.00.
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If you have one with a window, its recert every 2 years.

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Old 12-03-2019, 01:14 AM   #6
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I don`t know if this applies to GM bellhousings, but on my 427/428 FE Fords, Lakewood made some design changes some time ago. The earlier Lakewood had smaller lower containment bolts than the later versions, the later unit also had a thick reinforcement strip welded to the upper flange where the 4 upper bolts attach the housing to the block. I assume that either the earlier version had problems, or the SFI test procedure got more demanding. Both had SFI stickers, but I have to wonder if they would recertify the earlier models . Before his untimely death, I used to bring my Lakewood and McLeod scattershields to Tim Hyatt for inspection and recertification at his support trailer during national events. I understand Tims son is still doing clutch rebuilds, although he does not travel the NHRA circuit like Tim did. Not sure if the son can do the bellhousing recerts.
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I don`t know if this applies to GM bellhousings, but on my 427/428 FE Fords, Lakewood made some design changes some time ago. The earlier Lakewood had smaller lower containment bolts than the later versions, the later unit also had a thick reinforcement strip welded to the upper flange where the 4 upper bolts attach the housing to the block. I assume that either the earlier version had problems, or the SFI test procedure got more demanding. Both had SFI stickers, but I have to wonder if they would recertify the earlier models . Before his untimely death, I used to bring my Lakewood and McLeod scattershields to Tim Hyatt for inspection and recertification at his support trailer during national events. I understand Tims son is still doing clutch rebuilds, although he does not travel the NHRA circuit like Tim did. Not sure if the son can do the bellhousing recerts.
Same thing happened on small block Ford Quicktimes, they changed the bolt pattern along with some dimensional changes for some reason so same recert issue might apply. In my case, it really sucked because the old bolt pattern matched my cross member. I had to modify everything to make the new one fit. Also, I've got a stack of old Lakewoods that are out of cert, if you so much as scratch them, they will not recert.
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