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Unbolting Transmission - what to know
#1369542 Fri Jul 17 2020 10:12 PM
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gpk1961 Offline OP
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Pulling my 235 engine and 4spd trans from my 61 Apache 10 -- when I separate the trans from the bell housing -- what do I need to watch out for besides the weight of the transmission?
Does it pull straight out? Top bolts last? -- thanks in advance. GPK1961

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Re: Unbolting Transmission - what to know
gpk1961 #1369545 Fri Jul 17 2020 10:49 PM
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Weight, cumbersome and rather clumsy or at least I'll say it can be. Personally I like to remove the engine and transmission together and separate them once they're out. I'm less likely to drop something that way. Although in my youth I'd just lift it out, set it on my chest and then move it over beside me. I see you're in Dallas, so unless you have an airconditioned garage you're going to have sweaty hands now and that's not always a good combination with a greasy transmission. It pulls straight out. Take off the 4 bolts (any order). There will be a round lip (formed by the front retainer piece) which fits into the hole in the bell housing, and this holds it in place until you pull back and separate it. Good luck.


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Re: Unbolting Transmission - what to know
gpk1961 #1369546 Fri Jul 17 2020 11:19 PM
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If that year of truck is like the AD, the motor will not come out with the transmission attached. The transmission is heavy and has an irregular shape. On the AD trucks the transmission is removed with an engine hoist through the cab.


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Re: Unbolting Transmission - what to know
gpk1961 #1369549 Sat Jul 18 2020 12:07 AM
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Originally Posted by truckernix
If that year of truck is like the AD, the motor will not come out with the transmission attached. The transmission is heavy and has an irregular shape. On the AD trucks the transmission is removed with an engine hoist through the cab.
I have pulled 216/235/261 engines and 3-speed and 4-speed transmissions as "units" - hood removed and radiator/housing removed. As described in the Shop Manual.

Otherwise, I have sometimes first removed the transmission (3-speed/4-speed) from below/underneath the cab/floorboard, and then lift the engine out.


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- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: Unbolting Transmission - what to know
Jon G #1369566 Sat Jul 18 2020 01:29 AM
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gpk1961 Offline OP
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Thanks Jon G, tclederman, truckernix -- this is why I love this site. I'll post some pix when I get her pulled out. Best to you all - GPK1961


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Re: Unbolting Transmission - what to know
gpk1961 #1369676 Sun Jul 19 2020 02:04 AM
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gpk1961 Offline OP
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Got the engine and transmission out. Got the transmission separated from the bell housing as well. Hot today, but not too bad. Thanks again - gpk1961

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Re: Unbolting Transmission - what to know
gpk1961 #1369701 Sun Jul 19 2020 12:16 PM
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GPK - Search the site for engine dolly. You will find plans for a dolly that fits your engine. Quick and easy to build and makes moving engine much easier. Depending on your plans for the transmission, easy to fab a stand for that too.


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Re: Unbolting Transmission - what to know
gpk1961 #1369704 Sun Jul 19 2020 12:27 PM
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 30,487
ace skiver


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: Unbolting Transmission - what to know
gpk1961 #1369710 Sun Jul 19 2020 01:28 PM
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Good! We're in the Lake Highlands area. Where in Big D are you?


Jon

1952 1/2 ton with 1959 235
T5 with 3.07 rear end
Re: Unbolting Transmission - what to know
Hambone #1369767 Sun Jul 19 2020 07:27 PM
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gpk1961 Offline OP
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Thanks - as soon as i got it out I remembered seeing a dolly. I just printed the plans! Jon G I am in Frisco, work in Plano.


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