I am a god.

Just finished rebuilding my transmission. it always feels so good to finish a major project on the car. A lot of the *more seasoned* guys say a tranny rebuild takes them around an hour or 2 and is pretty much cake. that’s nice and all, but it’s my first time doing it so I don’t care that it took me a couple days and many hours. makes the victory feel all the nicer. Took it out for a spin yesterday to put some gas in the tank and wash all the grease off the fenders. I did pretty much the whole job by myself. yanked the engine, took off the tranny, opened the trans case up, took out the gears, replaced the input shaft bearing, and put everything back together. The always useful Seth helped a little. he helped me get the engine back in the car by yelling at me when I was going to crush something with it =P

I took some pics and I’ll put them up later. Looking at them I still can’t believe my car was that far diassembled and yet I drove on it later that day. It’s such a neat feeling to be staring at the the gears inside the transmission in the morning, and be driving the car in the evening. Chalk up one more thing I won’t be afraid to do next time.

Transmission repaired by pros: ~700
used transmission: ~300
Input shaft bearing + DIY repair: ~30

Elbow grease is pretty valuable stuff.

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  1. May 18th, 2004 at 13:56 | #1

    that’s pretty sweet. i was always scared about the tranny. its partially because i have no place to work on them…

    ians sure do rule.

    • May 18th, 2004 at 14:21 | #2

      we are quite obviously better than people with other, lesser names.

      I was always afraid of the monsters that lurked in my transmission too. It’s amazing how quickly neccecity dispels fear. I do admit it would have been quite impossible without a garage.

      • May 18th, 2004 at 14:26 | #3

        that’s how i felt about rebuilding the engine in the 323. i was paranoid as hell until i actually had to dig into it. then it went smoothly. too bad it was misdiagnosed and all it needed was a new head.

        we should open up OT racing/porn distribution. we’d make millions.

        • May 19th, 2004 at 07:50 | #4

          step 1: cars and/or pr0n
          step 2:
          step 3: profit


  2. May 18th, 2004 at 15:09 | #5

    Fun! Right now I’m helping friend with a swap (more like an exchange) on his fun fun Intrepid.

    -paK +3

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