Nice! Yes, I just started my second beer. The car is in full sun right now (2 PM), so I re-organized my tools and came inside for the latest from y'all. Supporting the tranny is puzzling me because of its shape. I already have a tranny jack under the engine oil pan, because it works well for that, and a simple floor jack under the gear box of the tranny. I put down a wooden stake, on the subframe, and the tranny itself is resting on that. I'm still not sure how well my floor jack is going to work when I attempt to raise and wrestle the tranny out...you know I'm not working on a nice flat concrete slab, which is unfortunate. Oh well. Us 3rd world types gotta make do.
So, right now I am fighting with the shift rod. I unbolted the 13mm that anchors the T-bone, but nothing is sliding yet. I have hosed everything down quite liberally with Kroil (my penetrating oil of choice, although I've used it so much now, over the years, that I think i am getting sensitized/allergic to it), and will mess with it in a bit.
Honestly, I don't how you guys got the stupid 13mm bolts holding the reaction rod bracket to the tranny, out. I have no idea how I'm going to get them back in.
I've got the clutch slave cylinder bracket bolts broken lose, and 3 of the easy to get to 17mm hex head bell housing bolts out.
The sun was making me quite stupid, so thought I would quit. Yes, I've done all the other things I was supposed to do (I followed Steve's how-to thread by the letter).
I FINALLY caught a glimpse of the starter, so I still have that to look forward to. I am definitely putting in a new/rebuilt starter. No one has to convince me!
Thanks for the support - this is totally the hardest thing I've done yet on this car. And I'm not even to the hard part yet. Makes the rack and pinion look like a cakewalk.