Here’s the trick we mentioned that can make your life in the pits a whole lot easier. It isn’t required, but you may want to consider adding it to your own install. Almost all bellhousing kits fasten to the engine block with a set of bolts that extend from the bellhousing, through the midplate and into the block. But that means whenever you pull the engine the bellhousing and transmission are no longer supported. Here, crew chief Neil Wilson has already drilled an extra four holes in the midplate and is using a center-punch to mark the bellhousing. Short bolts through the standard mounting holes are used to hold the midplate securely to the bellhousing for proper alignment.