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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-09-2000, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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Chevy v-6 Saga Possible bad transfer case?

Okay... I bought an 87 Samurai with a Chevy V-6 in it. I think it is a 2.8 but someone told me it was
a 4.3 How do I tell? Next.....I bought this thing cheap 750$ It has a perfect rust free body. New top
It is SPOA. The guy I bought it from said the transfer case kept jumping out of gear. I got to looking at
the front axle and realized it was not a Samurai axle. Also... The front and rear axle ratio's are different so
I guess that could be some of the problem with it jumping out of gear. I pulled it home and started tinkering
this morning with it. I managed to get the t-case shift lever off and with a screwdriver got it in 2wd. My sone
and I got ready to drive it and when I put it in reverse it wouldnt pull and had a God Awefull grinding coming
from I think.... The transfer case ! Okay.. we pushed it out of the garage and it would pull in forward. We
took off down the road and the trans went through all 3 soon as I let off the accelerator the awefull
grinding resumed. Came to a stop and took off again... no grinding, went through all 3 gears and as soon as
I let off the grinding came back. One more thing when I stopped it pulled a little in reverse. What do you
guys think. I have tried to find out some history on this thing but it has been traded around so much I cant
find the guy that built it. Any help would be appreciated Any help with identifying the front axle or the engine
would be appreciated too. The front axle is closed knuckle like a Samurai but it has a bolt on front cover
and a upper and lower drain plug. I think this thing has potential, but I am going to have to do some work
But heah for 750$ I dont think I got hurt.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 06-09-2000, 03:51 PM
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Re: Chevy v-6 Saga Possible bad transfer case?

i would just crawl under with it in neutral and check to see if the play is in the 't' case. to tell the motors apart the easy way is the 2.8 is a 60 degree block much narrower tha a 4.3 which is the 350 with 2 cyl. knocked off.but the sound you are talking about really sounds like a hammered rearend,but the reverse pull has me scratching my head.if the front has a removeable third member,the front end sounds like a land cruiser,wish i had it.pull a wheel off and see if it was ever six lug.the more i think about the sounds i would just put it up on jack stands and check everthing. it may be the tranny making the sound,pull the dip stick and smell it just in case.good luck mike

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 06-09-2000, 06:25 PM
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Re: Chevy v-6 Saga Possible bad transfer case?

The front end sounds like it might be an old Jeep axle (Dana25 or 27 maybe).

Check it out here:

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