Custom QuickTime Bellhousing Pocket Covers

My only complaint about the Quik Time bellhousing is the openings on both sides.  In my opinion, this leaves the clutch and throw-out bearing susceptible to road dirt and debris.  Perhaps this would be fine for a race car but the Trans Am will certainly be a street car.  The opening on the starter side has proved extremely helpful when setting up the high torque starter.  This opening allows the backlash to be set without removing the bellhousing.   I contacted Quick Time about this issue and spoke with Ross Mccombs, the CEO.  Ross claimed that the openings would be fine even for a street car as they would allow clutch dust and heat to escape.  I however feel more comfortable keeping the bellhousing closed.  The stock bellhousings were sealed and have worked fine on thousands of cars for many years.  My guess is that they’ve received complaints about this as Ross informed me that they will now be welding pocket covers on all bellhousings .  He offered to replace my bellhousing with one that has been welded up.  I thought this was a great gesture but didn’t want lose the opening for the starter in case it ever needed to be replaced.  I also didn’t want to replace the bellhousing since it had already been dialed in.   He then offered to send the covers at no charge.  I decided to modify the covers with flanges on each side so that they could be unbolted if needed.   The fitment of the covers was horrible.  It’s a good thing I wasn’t going to weld them to the bellhousing.  I probably couldn’t have if I wanted to since there were gaps on each side almost 0.25″ wide.  At least it was a good starting point.  I can’t really complain though since they were free.  As the saying goes, never look a gift horse in the mouth.

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