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Maybe I can help ease the pain of this one... So here goes.. lets give it a try. First, a few home made tools... when you're done throw them in your spares kit, tool box etc... they have LOTS of uses.

Buy some 1/4" (6mm) wire cable, about 30 feet of the stuff and cut it into three 10 foot lengths.
Buy 6 cable clamps... you slip the cable into these little clamps and then clamp the cable down.
Make some loops on one the end of the cable and use the cable clamps to maintain the loop.

Buy a 18" (or so) piece of 3/8" threaded rod, and 4 nuts and washers to fit the rod.
Cut the rod in half and dress the threads so you can easily thread the nuts on the cut ends.

Raise the Jeep up on 4 jackstands, or on 2 ramps in the front and 2 jackstands in the rear.
Remove the shifter boot and the shifter tunnel plate.
Remove the shifter lever, if you can....
Remove the speedo cable
Remove the wiring to the 4X4 and Revers switches.

Place a hydraulic Jack underneath the trnansfer case ouput and support the transfer case.

Remove the skid plate.

You should now be able to see all the transmission and transfer case.

Loop on end of the cable around the driver side frame rail, and through the loop. Continue with the cable under the transmission/transfer case at the rear where the Jack is, and around the passenger side frame rail. Loop it around the frame and clamp the cable to itself with a cable clamp. Now remove the jack. The transmision assembly is supported.

I had you make three 10 foot sections for a reason. Use one section and attach it to the a Come-Along. Then using the come-along you can attach the other end of the cable to the transmission and the come-along.... Heck... instant winch for lowering an raising the transmission assembly into place. Once you raise the front, you raise the back by hand and slip the hydraulic jack under the transfer case. That's ALL the lifting you have to do! Easy as pie! Then you can raise and lower the transmission at will and line it up with the studs and shove it foward and onto the bellhousing. It's worked for me!

Remove the front and rear driveshafts.

Remove the clutch fork assembly and cable.

Loop a second length of cable under the rear of the engine as you did in the rear of the transfer case.

Put the jack back under the rear of the transfer case.

Loosen the cables so there is some slack in them. This is now a safety item....You should let the engine and transmission assembly drop a little. It's not going to hurt anything and you can get to the upper bolts a lot easier this way.

There should be two bolts on the sides of the tranmsission, exactly 180* apart. Remove these bolts first!

Insert in thier places one of the rods, and put a washer and nut on the end of the rod

Now remove the rest of the transmission to engine block bolts.

Lower the jack a little so the assembly is resting on the cables.

Now you should be able to slide the transmission back on the rods you inserted in the bolt holes. The nuts on the end of the rods will limit how far back the transmission/transfer case assembly can slide. Nothing can slide back so far it falls on the floor... and you don't have to hold it or balance it.

When you have the transmission slid back as far as you feel needful you can re-tighten the cables and they will support the trnasmission. Now you use the Jack and the wires to lower the assembly to the floor.

See... it's a piece of cake and you're not grunting and sweating holding that transmission assembly. The cables are doing the work! You can do the Job over a week-end and still take the wife out to dinner on all the money you saved..

 

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IMHO take the whole assembly out and refurbish at one time. It is an easy repair and you should do it now. If you have the money pull the flywheel and have it re-surfaced. If the clutch isn't almost new... replace it. Now's the time! You don't want to do this job again unless you have to.

Basketcase, you're more than qualified to do clutch work... ah heck, a trained monkey can do it, and you're smarter than one of them. I have proof of that... you own a Jeep. I've seen lots of monkeys drivin' Jeeps... but usually it's their Daddy's Jeep.

 
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