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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Jun 17th, 17, 1:59 PM Thread Starter
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Remembering the Days of Piss and Vinegar

If you follow any of my threads you will know I'm having problems with the transmission that was in my car. I've decided to buy a Brand New AutoGear M22W for it. Here are my plans for the reinstall.

Remembering The Days of Piss and Vinegar can you relate to this.

Monday take apart the rest that's on the car. Clutch kit should be here Tuesday hopefully pic up the transmissions by then too. Wednesday start reassembling clutch assembly and getting the transmission in by Thursday or Friday at the latest. Wait, 50 years later hopefully have all parts still by Tuesday give it a week to think about how to best put it back together, rest another week after all that thinking try to get it all back together by the end of next month.
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I can remember those days but have forgotten how long ago it's been since they were here! Age is powerful force, you know.
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Even the people you pay to do this stuff move like snails, it seems.
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10-12 years ago when I went from a th400 to a M20 four speed I went out to the garage after dinner about 6 on a Tuesday night. Decided to just jack up the car to get it ready for the R and R, well since it was already up I pulled the driveshaft. And since I was under there anyway, decided to unfold as much as I could. Next thing you know the 400 is on the floor and it's not even 8.
So I decided to get the flywheel clutch and bellhousong installed. And the next thing you know it was all done except I had the wrong starter bolts. Went I side at 11, showered, went to work in the am, picked up the right bolts on the way home and drove it out of the garage by 7 the next evening.
I wouldn't do it today but it was pretty easy back then. Jim
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I can remember those days but have forgotten how long ago it's been since they were here! Age is powerful force, you know.
Ain't that the truth along with all those extra calories that took up residence all over my body.
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old Jun 17th, 17, 2:31 PM Thread Starter
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Even the people you pay to do this stuff move like snails, it seems.
That's because they don't realize how easy these cars are to work on or have enough time between texting on their phones.

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Back in the day it used to take me 30 minutes to change the 3 speed in my 1957 Belair by myself.
1. With a bumper jack, jack up the left side front and rear and sit the car on cinder blocks.
2. 4 nuts and the 2 u-bolts were off and the drive shaft was out.
3. 2 bolts and the two bell cranks were off the transmission - leave the shifter just hang there.
4. 4 bell housing bolts and slide the transmission out onto my chest.
5. Roll over on my side and lay the transmission on the floor.
6. Roll over the other way and pick up the replacement.
7. Reverse the rest of the process. 30 minutes or less it was done.

I was hard on second gear synchronizer snap rings. I did this job a lot. I had several repaired replacement transmissions ready at all times.

Today it takes me longer just to get the floor jack out and roll it under the car. No cross member made changing the '57 transmission a breeze. (Being 17~18 y.o. helped too).
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Damn Joe I had the same procedure on the same model car with same 2nd gear issue. Without a transmission crossmember it was easy to get it in and out. Got tired of replacing 3 speeds and bought a 4 speed and put a locking bolt on it to keep from getting it stolen..remember those

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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old Jun 18th, 17, 1:33 PM
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Philip,
I had collected a half dozen of those transmissions from the local junkyard for 20~25 bucks apiece before I found out how to "fix" them. After that, I'd just pull off the side cover, slide the gear set back in place and put the snap ring back on. Easy. The repaired ones were kept under my dad's workbench.
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If you follow any of my threads you will know I'm having problems with the transmission that was in my car. I've decided to buy a Brand New AutoGear M22W for it. Here are my plans for the reinstall.

Remembering The Days of Piss and Vinegar can you relate to this.

Monday take apart the rest that's on the car. Clutch kit should be here Tuesday hopefully pic up the transmissions by then too. Wednesday start reassembling clutch assembly and getting the transmission in by Thursday or Friday at the latest. Wait, 50 years later hopefully have all parts still by Tuesday give it a week to think about how to best put it back together, rest another week after all that thinking try to get it all back together by the end of next month.
Oh yeah I do. Things move faster now but we moved faster then. I was driving back and forth from Litchfield To WSTC every day and the Daily Driver was also the "Hot Rod" . No fall back car. 4 Speed needed new syncs and forks after I broke a fork so I pulled it out on the floor of an UNHEATED garage on a Sunday evening in January. Borrowed Dad's car after listening to the music about needing transmission repairs, yada yada yada. Dropped trans off at shop on Monday AM. Attended classes all day ....picked trans up about 4:00 PM then went home for dinner and did my homework. At 9:30 PM or so I went back to the UNHEATED garage and reinstalled the trans with a FLASHLIGHT for light. It was a big one with the square battery so I had plenty of light.... LOL. I bet the temp was in the teens. Next morning up at 7:00 AM and on the road to WSTC, fingers were still numb but I had my car back. Piss and Vinegar indeed.
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You're gonna want to dial in that bellhousing for the new trans.
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