With the clutch and flywheel in place getting the transmission back in was a bit trickier.. with the exhaust down pipe dangling and the engine tilted down as far as I could get it, I managed to slide the transmission up and into place. I used 3 10 inch long 3/8 bolts with the heads removed as guides. I really dislike the plastic friction plate centering tool (next time I do this I’ll go buy a spare input shaft to use as the centering tool) as the first try I couldn’t get the transmission to line up with the pilot bearing. After about an hour and a half of fighting (this is at midnight in the middle of December outside mind you) the alignment in the cold I got the bright idea to lean on the clutch throw out arm to pull the clutch in.. As soon as the pressure came off and the friction plate was allowed to slip, the housings came together and I was in business. As my transmission to transfer case adapter makes bolting the 2 together difficult I pre-assembled them prior to mating the transmission to the engine (sorry no pictures.. my photographer didn’t want to join me in the freezing cold – this happened over Thanksgiving 2018). After raising the transmission into position I added the new rear member and bolted it all together. I also put the original rear member back in as extra insurance.
Looks great! Lots of neat engineering in that project.
One question though, did you try to source a different shift top for that box? Not the tower but the top.
In the bigger transmissions there were three options, rear shift, ( like yours I think), center, and front. I thought that the smaller boxes had the same option, but not sure.
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Well... had the first major hiccup in the transmission setup. This weekend the Viair pumps both decided to grenade. Pump one somehow overloaded and melted/burned its wiring. Pump 2 has a scored cylinder wall and will not build pressure. Might be time to look for a more... commercial pump setup. Any recommendations? I have seen a belt driven Vmac setup for the 7.3 which would be really slick, but crazy expensive. I know that International installed belt driven piston pumps on their commercial T444e engines. Let me know what you all think. For the moment I have a 10 gallon tank with a valve on it that I'll fill every morning before going to work.
I had seen the Yorks... but didn't realize that they could be converted.. (https://www.hemmings.com/blog/article/york-tecumseh-compressors/). I have to stare at my truck tonight to see where I might be able to shoe horn one in. Have you seen any Yorks with serpentine pulleys on them? Might also be a good time to get a new pulley for the fan/water pump that has the correct offset.