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Old 08-25-2013, 06:33 AM
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T-400 removal alone

Anyone ever removed transmission alone , I did a 4 speed alone back in the day but have never tried this before. Help me out friends old man needs advice and how to's .

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what veh is this in ?????? for now just look at what u have and what u need to remove to get it out.. pull starter, unbolt bell housing, remove d-shaft and seal it off, pull trans support, use a floor jack with a 2by under the trans pan for support.. another set of hands are very helpful.. be ready for engine to tilt down so u need to watch fan and put some support on eng oil pan too.
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If you have a good jack it is not a hard task. I did one before I had access to a lift and I just built a wooden frame to sit on the jack and the sides were made to fit the pan. if you are doing it on the floor make sure the car is high enough to get the tranny out from underneath.
If you can rent a tranny jack the tilt functions make it a lot easier to line it up when going back in.
If you are working alone some long studs to help with alignment will make the job easier. I used to use bolts about 8" long with the heads cut off.
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Swapped out my trucks TH350 for a TH400 a couple/few years back, by myself, and I've had 8 spinals surgeries in the past. Truck has a 2 piece drive shaft, so that adds a little more work. I use exhaust "studs" on my engines to attach bellhousings to, so it gives me a bit of an advantage lining things up just right. Used a floor jack to bring the trans up to height, and "plug it in". Just be sure your flexplate has the same bolt pattern as the converter BEFORE you bolt everything together. There should be enough length to the speedometer cable, shifter the same a TH350, cooler lines are the same, but the TH400 uses an electronic kickdown. The TH350 my truck had was a 9 " extension housing model, just a little longer than a TH400 short shaft; I made up for the difference with a slip yoke that's a little bit longer, and can be cut to the right length. Putting a TH400 into my truck was the best thing I've done to it. Butch/junior stocker.
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I have been doing everything ,alone, on my project. I have a tube chassis with a 1969 VW Type III station wagon body. I started with a bare frame, made a couple roll around fixtures, out of 2" x 4"s with 10" pneumatic tires. That made the whole job nice to roll around. Dummied in a sbc 350 complete with intake, pan and heads. Manhandled my 700R4 trannie. Hooked it to the engine. made a trans cross member. Installed new 350 and reinstalled trans, after I had the body in place. Yes, I did all by myself, with the help of a floor jack and cherry picker. I failed to mention. I put in my rear end and Mustang II front suspension with the body off the chassis. Did I mention, I am 67 years "young" If I can do it, anybody can.
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To answer the O.P.'s question, yes, of course you can do it by yourself. I've R&R'd many TH400s and 200-4R transmissions by myself. The first time, when I was young and stupid, I tried it with a regular floor jack. Learn from this and get a real trans jack. You can either rent one or buy one from Harbor Freight for like $150. I have that one and it works great for the couple of times a year that I need it.
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If you have a good jack it is not a hard task. I did one before I had access to a lift and I just built a wooden frame to sit on the jack and the sides were made to fit the pan. if you are doing it on the floor make sure the car is high enough to get the tranny out from underneath.
If you can rent a tranny jack the tilt functions make it a lot easier to line it up when going back in.
If you are working alone some long studs to help with alignment will make the job easier. I used to use bolts about 8" long with the heads cut off.
I have everything except those long bolts , I'll try the exhaust bolts.
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I'll agree with joe. Use the right equipment and don't get hurt. I've done that when I was younger and got lucky and never got hurt. Today I know better. Just Put a 200 4r in my nova a little while back and had my brothers come over for the day to take the 350 out and put the 200 4r in. I had everything ready and it worked out well. Had a cheep scissors jack and lots of floor jacks, stands and cement blocks. taking it out was easy, putting the new one was the hard part, and we had a lot of experience. Lifting the tranny up on the jack to get it put back in was the hardest thing because we did it in my extra driveway. Thing about all the steps your going to go threw and if you got those steps covered. Be SAFE.
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