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Old 09-11-2011, 12:24 PM
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Hey Crosley,

Thank you so much for the detailed pictures of your shop set up and the tools you use. This very very helpful.

Originally Posted by Crosley
Remember mistakes can be expensive and the valve bodies need attention in various areas a DYI may not know about , understand or get it done
Yes, that is the one thing that makes me nervous. So I have been reading up on various rebuild threads on many forum over the past year and a half (that's how the long ago the transmission went out). I do personally feel I can do the job if I take my time and check everything several times over at every step. I've gotten pretty good at documenting stuff as I work on something, using pictures and posting about it here, so that should help.

On the subject of mistakes, one thing I've read over and over and over is that the work area must be cleaner than clean because dust will damage the parts. I have to admit that in my neighborhood, there is a bit of a dust problem. I can always work with the garage coor lowered or closed or use a shop facing outward or something. Should I still be concerned?

I also emailed and got a response from Dana Wilkes, owner of Pro-Built, regarding the tools needed for the rebuild:

Hi, I am considering rebuilding my own transmission using one of your kits. I see you also carry the tools. I wanted to know which tools are absolutely essential and which ones I can build without. I am working an transmission for a 1995 Impala SS and am trying to keep the costs down, but not skimp out on quality and tools Thanks!

You will need the low/reverse piston removal tool. The spring compressor to disassemble the two drums. The bushing driver kit. And the lip seal installer tool. I do not carry the bushing driver kit, but everything else I have or can get in a day or two. Dana
The bushing driver kit was the one thing I was not aware of until you and Dana mentioned it so I'll ask him about getting it. Definitely open to any recommendations you may have as well.

Thanks again!
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