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T18 Swap Episode 3 - Pry it Out, Shoehorn it In

{fade in while dollying up the driveway toward a Jeep up on 4 jackstands with a rebuilt T18 sitting behind the left rear wheel}

As with other episodes of this story I welcome comments, suggestions, and derision (along with laughter where you feel the need).

I guess episode 2 and 3 will proceed at the same time. I got stuck on the Dana 20 rebuild so I decided to remove the T15 and Dana 20 from the jeep while I had the weekend downtime.

A slight prequel: The Hi-Lift jack is man's greatest gift to Jeepers! Using my floor jack I run out of travel with the tires 1" off the ground. With the high lift I got 6" under all 4 wheels and could have gone higher, but wanted to leave clearance for the garage door to open. Jackstands on all 4 corners for safety, of course.

Front shaft off. OMG!! the U-Joints are TOAST [img]images/graemlins/thud.gif[/img] Oh well they are being replaced anyway.

Using Leve's (and others) suggestion I placed a ladder across the rollbar and windshield and looped some ratchet straps from the ladder under the transmission. Snugged up the straps to take the load off and proceeded to take off the frame cross member. There are rocks and sand from 28 years of the Jeep's life embedded in there, almost feels like I am disturbing an archeological site or something [img]images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img].

Bottle jack and a bunch of 2X4 blocks to support the rear of the engine and out with the transmission attach bolts. Off with the shift assembly from the top of the transmission. (I should have removed the Tcase shifter as well, but live and learn [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]) Started lowering away and sliding back with a dolly in place to catch the Tranny/Tcase combo and sure enough the shifter hangs up [img]images/graemlins/cussing.gif[/img] Finally found an angle that I could work it out of there by taking off the shift knob, but would have slipped out easy if the shifter was off. The 2" drop and loud thud once the handle cleared made me glad that I was off to the side. Important safety tip: NEVER be under something that is hanging from a strap or on a jack. Jackstands or ramps are the only thing that can be relied on.

Anyway, separated the Dana 20 and placed it on the bench with the other one. Then I parked the 3spd behind the Jeep.

Enough for one session, more on episode 3 as it proceeds...

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