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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old Oct 31st, 19, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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Remember when

You could put a th400 on your chest and put it where it belonged at the back of the engine?
Almost seems like a fantasy but that's how it got done way back when. Back in '67 I bought one of the very first over the counter L-88 short blocks through my local (long gone now) Chevy Dealer. It seemed like it took forever for that thing to show up. When it finally came (crated) I took it home in the trunk of my 66 Chevelle. At the time I lived in a room attached to the garage at my dad's place. I literally lifted that short block out of the trunk and carried it into the room I was living in. That was then but I was strong as hell after 4 years of Hay hauling on the Farm in Arkansas..
It just took me 5 months to get my new flexplate back into my Chevelle. I required help to get the damned trans in. Pretty broken down in my old age.
But the car moves again and the heat is going away pretty soon.
I bet it's freezing Azz in the Eastern half. Lol

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post #2 of 41 (permalink) Old Oct 31st, 19, 11:31 PM
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Re: Remember when

Yes, the heat is almost gone but, we're not burning everything in sight to keep it going. Lol

On the trans install I used to do them the same way. On the Muncie 4 speeds I'd place the tail stock on my keens, hold it in place with one hand and start the bolts with the other. Not anymore.
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post #3 of 41 (permalink) Old Nov 1st, 19, 7:42 AM
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Did the same kind of stuff back in the day,the first Chevy dealership I worked at had one drive on hoist which was usually reserved for oil changes so we did all the trans work on the floor with jackstands. Did lots of snowplow trucks with the NP205 and 203 Tcases,I'm sure I must have put my back surgeons kids through college after four surgeries.
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Hey, we're lucky to be even still living the dream. We should count our blessings. Now where did I put my keys...........

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I'm down to working 7 days a week instead of 8.
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Re: Remember when

Not all that long ago, I could bring a 700R4 home in the bed of my truck, drive up to my shop, and pick it up and take it to the back room and set it down. Not any more. I'm glad Philip bought a transmission jack.
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Re: Remember when

My scrawny a$$ can't remember doing most of the above mentioned physical feats.
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Sadly, I do remember when...many years ago! Age is a powerful force!
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I last installed a TH350 a few times (NOT young) in the driveway, by myself. Wasn't too bad. Seemed harder when I WAS younger to do the T5, spearing the thing in and walking it on.
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post #10 of 41 (permalink) Old Nov 1st, 19, 2:35 PM
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Re: Remember when

I remember getting a free 350 4 bolt main block and crank from a family friend when I was in my early 20's. I just picked it up and put it in the trunk of my 73 Buick Apollo like it was no big deal. Not an effing chance I could I could do that today at 59 nor do I want to.
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Re: Remember when

My back sure does remember.

Helpers used to say "hang on and I'll help you get that water heater (or heavy sewer machine) up the stairs" and I would say "naa, I got it"

Doctor said not to lift anything over five Lbs and I still think Oh, shoot, I can do that.

Lifted a pair of big block heads up onto the pickup tailgate and paid for doing that for about four or five days.

Got a new garage door opener for the main bay door of the shop the other day when my back was hurting so bad I had to use a cane to get around and I figured out the only thing I had done was lift that door a couple of times.

Anyway when you get older your back will remember, that's for sure.

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Ahhhhh....faded memories of days since past, when we were younger, stronger and didn't need health insurance. Today we must pay. Age becomes a limiting factor, no more Tarzan heroics.
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I try not to lift anything heavier than a 30 pack.
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Sadly, I do remember when...many years ago! Age is a powerful force!
Duke, you still got the physique of a well conditioned greyhound,

probably from drinking all that hard cider.

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Re: Remember when

Best advice someone gave me before I pulled and reinstalled my M20 was to get a couple of 4" long bolts and cut the heads off, thread them into the bellhousing, and use them to support the front of the trans while you're stabbing it in. If and when I have to replace my clutch, I'll probably do it this way again unless I have a reason to pull the motor too.

I've never installed an automatic trans lying on my back or picked up a block by myself, and I probably never will because I like not having back pain
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