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View Poll Results: Remove & Install With or without transmission on a typical RWD V-8
with transmission on motor 20 60.61%
without transmission on motor 12 36.36%
Something I dident think of? 1 3.03%
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Old 01-17-2006, 04:40 PM
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Question Remove & Install with or without transmission on {typical RWD V-8?}

When you remove & install a typical V-8 RWD vehicle.....

Do you remove & install the motor with or without the transmission on the motor?

Just curious I've always found it a PITA to align the trans up in the car during the installation

Please tell about any tricks you employ either way

These are my tools or tricks I use or plan to use{ see pictures}

Thank You In Advance,
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Old 01-17-2006, 04:43 PM
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98% of the time I put the engine and trans in together. Its just what works best for me. I have been doing this for 40 years now.
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I used to put the engine and tranny in together but lately helping out the wifes nephew in auto repair, I am finding it easier to leave the tranny in. Unbolt the converter from the flexplate and pull the engine leaving the converter with the tranny. Pull the converter after the engine is out. When reinstalling, grease the converter where it goes into the front seal / pump of the tranny, spin it a few times until you feel it engage with the pump, then drop the engine in. Once the tranny is lined with the guide pins on the engine, start a bolt ot two so it don't fall, wiggle the tranny until it goes forward, bolt up the bellhousing then bolt the converter back up to the flexplate. And always make sure you wire brush the converter bolts and add a little dab of blue Loc-Tite for extra insurance. By leaving the tranny in the car the engine can come almost straight up and out. Also you don't have the fluid mess from tipping the tranny. One thing I did fail to mention is support the tranny with a jack and a board across the pan until the engine is pulled. After it is pulled then you can take a piece of conduit or short pipe across the frame rails and a couple of 4-5" bolts with nuts in the bellhousing to support the tranny if you have to move the vehicle for any reason.

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98% of the time I put the engine and trans in together. Its just what works best for me. I have been doing this for 40 years now.
Under most conditions I agree with Henry. But it all depends on the room available. With the trans attached you usually have to tilt the whole assembly pretty good to slide it in and a lot of the time you just don't have the room to do that.
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i do it both ways,

if i am doing a total rebuild i pull both at the same time.
If it is jsut the motor, i pull just the motor, if it is the tranny i pull just the tranny.
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Have always put the transmission on the motor before it goes in. I don't care for trying to put in transmissions after the motor is in, because i have to lay on the ground to do it while balancing the transmission on the floor jack. Not the best way to do it.

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Old 01-17-2006, 09:59 PM
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I usually pull the motor out then leave the transmission in there. Then I will just put them in there separate unless they both need the work.
Right now I have just the engine out of my truck, but Im gonna pull the transmission out since its not that big of a deal to get out with the engine out of the way, then Ill bolt it up to the engine then drop them in togather to try and make it a little easier for me, rather than laying on the ground alot trying to the the converter to line up.


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Old 01-17-2006, 10:00 PM
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Ever since I had a tailshaft go thru the windshield,I've done them separate,stupid thing rolled forward too fast.Good thing it was a bush bomb.
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engine instalation

It depends on the car im working on. Fords i try to pull the tranny with the engine as the convertors are a little tricker to get off the flexplate.chevys i just pull the motor out.
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Well, I've only had a few swaps to do, and I've done all but one as a combo. They've all been in a '78 to '88 GM G-body car, and it makes the job a ton easier. Or at least for me it did.

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I work at home in my garage, not a lot of room so its the trans from the floor and a chain hoist from the beams in the ceiling for the engine. I recently pulled a front wheel drive complete unit and in was terrible I HATE FWD!
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Depends on the vehicle and situation as to which way I decide but I've done it both ways many times. It's pretty much the same amount of work in the long run.
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It really all depends..

If I'm doing and engine swap I pull them together. If I have a bad trans I drop the trans and pull it out from under the car.


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24 years, and I still pull it all out at once. But only on a typical RWD car.
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a trick

I have screwed a couple of studs into the back of the block in place of the bellhousing bolts and that made things a lot easier on an install..fellow could even use some longer bolts with the heads cut off..sure helps with lining things up..least for me..

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