Originally Posted by youngblood85
the motor will turn by hand, so i know its not frozen up yet. the old starter bendix didn't break either. from what i have gathered, and what my mechanic buddies are telling me, the ring gear is messed up from me being lazy and not shimming it when i should have. if you have any easy way of dropping the tranny and replacing it, i'm all ears.
there is no easy answer. Fortunatly on a truck it should not be a big deal to drop the tranny out.
belhousing bolts (6) torque converter bolts (3 or 4) unbot cross member from truck, shift linkage and speedo cable. You most likely with a little help and the right tools could accomplish removale in an hour or so. You should have a helper to balance the tranny. You may also want to remove the distributor cap as the engine will want to tip back and it may hit the fire wall and break the cap. If you have a second jack, use it to support the rear of the engine.
a 2 foot extension and a good swivel will save you a bunch of time and busted knuckles.