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how to get transmission installed

Old 02-10-2006, 09:56 PM
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I've got everything ready to go, and I'm trying to reinstall my transmission. I've got a jack holding up the rear end of it, and the front end is propped in place, I'm assuming held up by the input shaft. However, I've got about 1.5" to go, and it won't go in. I spun the flywheel a bit in case the teeth weren't lining up or something, but that didn't seem to help. All the bolt holes line up, and nothing is in the way that I can see.



The clutch alignment tool was a little stiff going in and out, thinking it was just because of the tight fit of the shaft in the pilot bearing, with bearing grease in there.
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Old 02-11-2006, 08:11 AM
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Baldy, the angle has to be right, the splines have to line up and the clutch disc must be centeres relative to the pilot bearing ID. And if you hold your tongue just right, it slides right in.
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Tilt the engine back, and remove the clutch slave. It hits the firewall.
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Old 02-11-2006, 10:21 AM
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this is almost my least favorite part of working on cars. banzai is right once the angle is right it will pop right in.



some cars its a huge pain in the butt! our race car was easy, like a sausage in a hallway
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Old 02-11-2006, 10:28 AM
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I tilted the engine back (easy to do with old worn-out engine mounts). I'll try again tonight.
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Old 02-11-2006, 10:57 AM
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This is exactly why I mount the tranny and motor together when putting them back in... it took me over an hour the first time i did a motor swap to get the engine to line up w/ the tranny that was already installed.. angles are everything on these cars.
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Old 02-11-2006, 04:09 PM
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It takes patience. I had my 12a on an engine stand once and could not line up the trans. No matter what I tried it would not go. The next day, first try.

Stabbing the trans in a second gen with the motor installed is a challenge. tilting the motor back and haveing someone rotate the engine helps. good luck.
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Old 02-12-2006, 12:12 PM
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Today I'm going to have someone wiggle the engine and such from above, while I try stabbling it below. Hopefully it'll go in.
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Old 02-13-2006, 02:13 AM
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yeah i second the engine and trany at once... you could spend hours and still not get it in... just undo the 4 bolts that hold the trany pull it out and then line them up and bolt it together, one thing to do it helps, use your alignment tool but bearly sinch the bolts so the clutch plate can still move just a wee bit... (this is what i did, i had no tool) then you should hav a little access pannel on the side, it looks like a vent you can tighten the bolts threw there, this is what i did sounds like it will take forever but only took 10 minuts to mate them and tighten every bolt..
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Old 02-13-2006, 07:42 AM
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Well we got it together after a couple hours of just messing with it. We had a jack under the tranny, and would just adjust the height of the jack and wiggle the engine, it eventually went it, nothing special about it. I got everything together, then realized I couldn't put the fluid in the tranny. So today I need to go buy some sort of hand pump, or a funnel attached to a long wide hose.



But the hard part is done. Hopefully everything runs fine when I go to start it up.
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