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Old 01-17-2011, 11:00 PM
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could we talk some one into doing a gm auto trans rebuild tutorial?

I would do one but i dont know how to rebuild one or even how it works.... I would pay some one to show me but everyone in oklahoma is smug about knowing something someone els does not. I have plenty of gm transmissions laying around that ummmm have seen better days. i would even do the work and post pictures if some one could give me a walk through. or maybe the best advice for a novice as far as dvd's books??? This is somthing i would love to learn, I want to learn any thing any one is willing to teach. I will have to buy new tools though as mine got lifted off my truck box and all. i guess a big red rolling box isn't just inviting to a thief. never will i take my tools with me to help some one

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Ron Sessions (sp?) has a book out that's been favorably reviewed by some here. I used a GM factory Unit Repair/Overhaul manual to do my first TH350 &400 trannys.

Jakeshoe has a number of walkthroughs that he's posted online for various GM trannys, you might do a search for them- they include photos.
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wow there's alot more info than i expected!!!! Thanks and i kinda have a grasp on the functions inside a tranny.... now to gather info on the 700r4 and the 4l60E and decide what one to try first cause i have several, 3 TH350s,2 700Rs,1 TH400, 2 4L60s. one with the big black box on the side and one w/o. and a buick TH 350 on a buick 350-2,the trannys supposed to be good but the engine is froze up. and a few good trannys lying around.
So... I have plenty of patients to practice my hands on.
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I may be willing to do something like this.
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Geez you don't need a tutor just to rebuild automatic transmission,just a good book will do and the right tools.
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Not to mention there is a gazillion dvd s out there that show you how to rebuild and make performance upgrades
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I think now with a good book and the advice i found from Jakeshoe I may be able to pull this off. They are alot less complex than i thought. people act like its some magic machine but all it really is is a hydraulic pump really with a few twists. Friday or Saturday im going to sit down with a book,my laptop, and a transmission and pull one apart. If its easy enough just to take it apart and put it back together then i will get a rebuild kit and build my first transmission.
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Hey transbuilderguy!

do you mind if i pick your brain after my tear down?
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if you wanna learn the basics start with a th400 is one of the best to learn with. its drum to drum all planets in rear kinda hard to mess it up other than snapring locations and bearings and washer placement but yes you can picl my brain.
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awsome

i saw somthing about assembly grease .or vasoline. What will i need this for?
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Regarding a formal tutorial, I would recommend sketching out the outline of a wiki article: basic questions, headings, maybe a relevant link or two, etc. People can then come along and fill in the blanks.
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you can use petrolueum jelly. trans gel is what you are referring to itcomes in green and red I like the green it does a good job of holding stuff together during assembly also.
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Try a th350 first. I did my own following Ron Sessions book tp the letter/. Do all nhe says and if you aren't sure or it don't seem right then post your problem on here before going onto the next step.
That is how I did mine and I had lots of help from members here incliding pictures showing me better suots of procedures then the book shows. It is running fine.
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I think ill do that i have plenty of th350s. not to go against what you said transbuildguy but i have more of them lying around just in case something goes terrably wrong. I only have 1 th400 left
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There are cheaper parts kits to do a TH350 than the B&M Transkit #30229 at <$200, but it does contain full instructions.

I used a Transkit in a Pontiac TH400 that was installed behind a 455 in a '65 Tempest wagon and it held up fine. Slicks and posi (of course), no trans brake on a prepped track.

The b&w photos supplied in the instructions vary from good to down right crappy in some cases, but w/the photos available elsewhere it's not a real issue.

Some builders will use different frictions and steels, depending. But as I've said, I had no problems out of the one I did.

I brought this up mainly to let you know there are kits w/instructions included. I don't know of any other kits that do this.
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