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A friend of mine has a 32 roadster project which had a 54 olds and standard and the block was cracked, so he picked up a 56 which has the hydramatic still bolted to it. He wants me to help him take the hydra off and at a quick look it has the small opening under bellhousing and a 2 piece bellhousing. Being as I don't have a manual, any advise on the easiest way to get the convertor ( torus I think it was called back in the day ) and trans off.

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There is no easy way for taking a tranny out, you just take off everything you have to in order to get it out along with the converter. Here's a summary of what needs to be done:
-disconnect battery
-drain tranny fluid/put pan back on after draining
-remove driveshaft
-remove shift cable
-remove any vacuum line connections/connections in general hooking up to the tranny
-remove starter
-unbolt converter from flexplate
-unbolt c-member from tranny mount(make sure you have a jack when you do this)
-unbolt exhaust from headers if needed
-unbolt bellhousing bolts and carefully lower the tranny
That's the job in a nutshell, of course there might be complications along the way such as bolts snapping from being old and rusted. Make sure you get as much space under the car to work with for easier movement etc, with some high sturdy jackstands and a good solid jack for lowering the tranny. Be careful and good luck.
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Old 07-11-2006, 03:57 AM
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Those old Hydramatic trannys had the 2 piece fluid coupling as you said. I have never done one, but I know they dont just slip of as a regular converter does. Willys36 will know, as he has one in his car.
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There are a series of bolts around the fluid coupling cover/pump and the front/ring gear. You have to remove all those bolts. Then unbolt the bell housing from the block. The front/ring gear will then unbolt from the end of the crank just like a flex plate or flywheel would.
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