Yay. Almost done.
Been working on it in my spare time. Good thing I took vacation this week... Just random fires, as usual, but they all cut into my play time. I had planned on getting the trans and at least one floorboard panel done. Not.
I could have gotten all that done if I'd known what I was doing with the transmission. While assembling the main shaft I forgot the reverse gear. had to pull the speedo gear back off, drop reverse gear on, then press the speedo gear back on. Then forgot two little washers in the cluster gear. 100 needle bearings in there, 4 rows of 25. Didn't have enough washers between the bearing sets and had to pull it back out and pull needles out, insert washers and put the needles back in. Then when I put the main shaft assembly in I couldn't get it in quite far enough. It needed about 1/8 for the gears to mesh right with the counter shaft cluster and the mid plate wouldn't seat.
I thought one of the needle bearings in the input shaft had fallen down and was wedged in there. Pulled it back out, at which point all the needle bearings DID fall out. OH, and the input shaft bearing... On Super T-10s and later T-10s the input bearing is slip fit, which males it easier to put the main shaft assembly in. But the early T-10s are press on.
Ended up putting the main shaft in 3 times. same gap all 3 times. It wasn't binding or anything. I checked movement the whole time. I think it was just me stuffing a butt load of grease in there making it hard to get it in all the way... usually more lube is better *shrug*. Kept working the shafts and giving it a good slam with a hammer and it settled in... nice and deep.. hit bottom.
that's what she said.
It's still pretty stiff. I have to put an old clutch disc on the input to get enough leverage to turn it. But I don't feel any rubbing, scraping, binding... Just really, really tight. The more I work it the looser it feels... ahem..
Eventually I'll get to put some 90 wgt in it, bolt it to the 289 and that should loosen it up good when I fire it up.
Just went out and put the new shifter forks in, new seals on the shift shafts and buttoned it all up.
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