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I'm about to go start dropping the auto trans out of the truck. It's sold and I need to have it ready to ship by tomorrow.

Any tips to make it go easy? I've never pulled a transmission before. :thud: (But what better way to learn right?)
 

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Make sure to have a tranny Jack. I did it with a floor jack in a 99 ford gasser and it sucked. Luckly I had help. At one point I was acually holding the tranny up on my back while on my hands and knees while my dad was trying to line it up to get the bolts in. Don't do that. :thud:
 

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The cross member goes up and forward or back then down and out, bringing it strait down is damn near impossible.

There is an access hole on the passenger side front of the transmission adapter so you can get to the torque converter bolts.

Those were the only 2 issues I ran into.
 

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Jack the truck up as high as the transmission jack will reach. The transmission is big and when it's on the jack it is hard to get out from under the truck. Height is also helpful in getting sockets on the top screws that fasten the transmission to the engine. A short handled torque wrench is a big help with the TC screws. If you have a porto power or something like that to spread the frame a little bit that will help a lot. You need a long tapered punch to help align the cross member holes when you put it back in. Don't forget to take the dip stick tube off.
 

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Thanks guys. I appreciate it. Keep them coming!
 

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I did mine with the truck sitting on the ground on its tires, not lifted up at all. It was fairly easy to just sit on my under the truck and work on it, and I'm 6'4". I used a large non transmission jack also, but a trans jack would have made it easier.
 

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How did you get the trans out from under the truck?
 

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I'm embarrassed to say I haven't even got the slightest of progress. I've spent all [email protected] day trying to take off the stupid F%*&!NG driveshaft!!! WHAT A PAIN IN THE @$$.

I still haven't gotten it off. WHAT IS THE SPECIAL TRICK?? An 8mm seems to fit the ujoint bolts very well, but slips off under enough pressure. I managed to get one bolt off, but the other 3 are NOT coming off using that wrench. The goofy bolts must be six point, but I can't get the socket on because it's too tight. Even if I could manage to get the socket on, the ratchet won't clear the driveshaft. Gave up on that and now I'm trying to beat the ujoint out with a hammer - it's not budging the slightest.

What a nightmare. This is absolutely ridiculous trying to take off a driveshaft. Tomorrow is the last day I have, so SOMETHING has to give.

Any suggestions on something so stupid and embarrassing?
 

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go have a beer and relax, seems like you get like me, all pissed off and lose all rational thoughts. BREATH... if your this pissed off now wait till you have to spread the frame.

for some reason i thought the u-joint strap bolts were 10mm, try using a set of vise grips if the heads are stripped and turn them GENTLY.
 

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vise grips and a hammer may break them loose

it is a PIA but take your time and you'll get it :thumbsup

and when you get to the cross member brace, grab a bottle jack and a block of wood to spread apart the frame rails a little.....it will be jammed in there pretty good
 

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Unbolt her and drop it, nothin to it. It's puttin back that can be a little tricky :)
 

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Oh yeah, Cross member will come out just fine with a hammer, just needs a little shimmying. Don't forget to were come ear plugs.
 

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I had trouble with some of my drive shaft bolts too. Try a differnet size. they might be a little rounded and a small standard size my fit on. Make sure they are 12 point sockets.
 

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Got one more of them off. Two more to go. I got pissed and they are stripped good now. I dont care, I just want them out. I'll find some regular hex head bolts to replace them. I'm doing everything I can thing of to get them out. Vise grips, hammer, chisel, I dont know how I'm going to get them off. :RANTIN::kill:

What hell.
 

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Dang it man, I wish I was closer...I would come help you get it out and you could help me on the way back in (tonight). Wish you luck, I am going to work on the reinstall right now.
 

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Yeah some help would be great!

Finally got the aching little SOB off. Took my hand grinder and grinded the little stupid POS heads off the bolts.

GAAHHH today was WASTED. Hopefully tomorrow will go much, much better. I need to sit down and relax.
 

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Before the struggle begins with the cross member you need to understand how it is in there. Each end is slanted so it is wider at the top than the bottom so you can't bring it straight down. You have to knock it back off the slanted place in the frame rails before it will come down. If you can rig up something to spread the frame a little bit it will be a LOT easier. Otherwise a 16lb hammer with a short handle works pretty good.
 

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and pull the T-case to shed the extra weight
 

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The Driveshaft bolts are blue loc-tite. I had trouble with them before. You can only get those bolts from the dealer. Also try a little heat to break the loc tite free.
 

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I had my Grade 11-12 students replace mine trans 99 4wd. As far as the u-joint bolts heat them with a torch if you can. Mark your vacuum lines on the crossmember, and like the previous guy said the inspection cover on the passenger side is where you get those 6 torque converter bolts. FLUSH your coolers! Upgrade your converter if you can.
 
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