Dale Finch wrote:However, I would like to encourage the use of the threaded rod for reinstallation of the pully. Several times, at cubfests, I watched the front pulley installed by heating the pulley, then rushing to put it on, and ending up using an impact wrench for the final distance as the pulley cooled off. I'm sure this isn't really good for the crankshaft. Guess it really depends on how hot you get it, but then you risk damaging the new seal. Anyway, Raymond Durban's method is easy, does require some muscle, but if I can do it with my weenie arms, anyone can!
Well, the engine oil gets to AT LEAST 200F under normal operation, so a 200F pulley is not going to bother the seal one bit. That's why I'm quite specific about the temperature of the oven.
I'm also not sure how drawing the pulley on cold has any less potential for damaging the crank than drawing it on hot.
Worst thing you can do, though, is rush. That is all but guaranteed to end in a panic.