I decided to look around for a used t-case, rather than fix this one up. But I want to know what's inside, particularly since pulling one of these things apart isn't rocket surgery, eh
, brain science... uh, you get what I'm saying.
Disclaimer: I've been junkyard and swapmeet scrounging for 40yrs. I hate, I mean HATE crawling under junkyard carcasses rolling in the oily dirt or this time of year, often mud. Topside parts, no problem. Trim, seats, but geasey transmissions that might actually work
, is not my thing. I've done more than my fair share of it over the years, and have grown to dislike it. But at the same time, I'm trying to recover from this deal inexpensively... hahahaha, Sportsmobile 4x4 van
Now there's two words that look conspicuously out of place in the same sentence!
I figure out what vehicles the BW1356 came in, know they came with in manual and electric (don't want that) then flanged and splined outputs (don't want splined either) 4 possible combinations and I need 1 specific. Greaaaat. I do a little internet pick-n-pull stock searching, gather my tools, two changes of clothes and shoes, and head out. Not very optimistic, this could be a total bust ending in frustration.
I had better pick up a lottery ticket because the first Bronco, at the closest yard to home, not only had the t-case I was looking for (manual shift, flanged output shaft), but someone had already removed it from the truck, taking the transmission for themselves, but leaving the t-case on a piece of clean dry carpet, completely in tact w/linkage. The only thing missing was to find it resting on a silver platter, sitting on a hundred dollar bill!
All I did was a quick function check, drain a little fluid and smell it, pink and new smelling, it was all good. I loaded it onto one of their makeshift wheel barrels and headed for the gate. I hardly got dirty, outta there in 20minutes.
Every wrecking yard trip should be so successful!
But wait, there's more, it get's better: I get it on the bench, pull it apart, and this thing is nice inside! It's got the updated planetary w/bronze thrust washer, the later updated model 4wd fork, good plastic inserts on the range fork that look new. The leading edge of the teeth on the range engagement sleeve teeth look almost perfect. In fact, the entire thing looks like a reman unit with good parts, the bearings all spin very smooth. A $160 score!
I ordered a seal kit, and put the t-case back together yesterday using Three Bond sealant. God willin' an' the creek don't rise, I'll install it today.