Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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Re: T18 Swap Episode 3 - Pry it Out, Shoehorn it In
The twin sticks arrived. Not much to look at, but they should do the job. A little additional fab needed to link to the FSJ D20. I will post pics of the twin stick as I get it set up.
I made a platform for my floor jack. Basically a piece of 1" crate wood that was laying around with a 7/16 bolt holding it onto the jack arm. Heave Ho the trans/tcase onto the board and block it up so it is basically level.
I had to jack the jeep real high to clear the shift tower (shifter is out) and then let it back down so that my jack can get the transmission high enough to mate to the bellhousing. It ended up with the wheels back on the ground for the first time in a month or so. Still gotta love the hi-lift [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]. One note of caution on Hi Lift usage: when the instructions say never have your head between the handle and the upright, believe it! I was letting a corner of the jeep down and the handle slipped out of my hand, bounced at the bottom of the travel and then was pushed up by the weight of the jeep [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img] It clipped me on the cheek enough to know I was lucky. If my head had been 2" closer I would have gotten a major smack.
Anyway, now that the transmission is between the rails, I find out that I don't have enough clearance without removing both mufflers and pipes. They will fit after the tranny is installed, just not room enough for it to be back 8" from its final spot and then slide forward. Oh well, if it was easy I would be done by now [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]