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Old 02-27-2005, 08:27 PM
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How to remove transmission from 1953 Suburban

Today was a pretty good day I removed my front clip, engine and wiring in preparation for the small block Chevy install and front power steering conversion. Everything went smooth, until I got to removing the manual transmission. How do I remove the transmission in a 1953 Chevy Suburban with the original transmission connected to a torque tube drive shaft Thanks for all the help.

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Old 02-27-2005, 08:57 PM
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Old 02-27-2005, 10:11 PM
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Thanks for your help. I've never had any luck on the Stovebolt and couldn't stand the jokers. I find much better advice here at Hotrodders.
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Try this

unbolt the rear springs and take the spring shackles off so the rear is free to slide back..then unbolt the torque tube from the rear of the tranny..slide the rear end back a bit and the tranny should come out..that should do it as I recall..

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What "One More Time" said is probably the best way to do it, but one time about a hundred years ago I took one out from through the floor. Don't remember all the details, but was able to take the front u-joint/ball assy. apart and push it back to access the u-joint nuts (bolts?). Was able to get my young skinny fingers in there and get the u-joint apart and then got the driveshaft to drop down out of the way and then was able to unbolt the trans. as usual. All the while the car had no back wheels and was on the ground in the snow and it was COLD!!! So I put most of the details out of my mind and time has taken care of most of the rest. But, I know it can be done. Have fun!
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if you have a torque tube drive line... to remove the tranny you must move the rear diff back as mentioned... ah the good ol days
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Old 03-02-2005, 06:40 PM
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I thank you all for your help. I had to leave town for business until Saturday. On Saturday I will loosen the spring shackles, roll the rearend back and remove the old transmission forever. Spoke to my wife on the phone last night, and was informed my CPP engine and transmission cross members arrived. I'm stoked as I'll be installing the engine and transmission this weekend I hope to get a bunch more digital shots of my progress to post here in the near future. Thanks again for all your help.
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Old 03-07-2005, 05:11 PM
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Well, I removed the front spring bolts, fully extended the jack stands and let the rearend down. I couldn't lift my truck high enough to get the rearend to drop or even slide the rearend back to remove the transmission. I pulled out the good ole cutting torch and removed the cross member and the transmission dropped. Guess I need to shell out the cash for a good over head lift. Thanks for the help.
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